Some people are able to become foster parents. But, if not, then you can become a babysitter or respite provider for them. If you can’t do that, consider becoming a CASA volunteer. If that’s too much, move toward the need by becoming wrap-around care to families in crisis, foster families, and adoptive parents.
Celebrate the birthday kiddos with hand-drawn greetings from friends using sidewalk chalk. Neighborhood friends can create chalked greetings in front of their home so that the birthday can be celebrated with a “chalk-walk” through the neighborhood to see all the messages.
Those green frog boots were a battle I was choosing not to fight. They were my compromise, which at times delighted me because I was letting my kid be a kid. Other times, they seemed to taunt me, as if I somehow lacked in mothering because I was being bested by a three year old.
Be the parents who refuse to give in to a parenting philosophy that can disable your children’s ability to cope with obstacles as a natural part of life. Don’t parent out of a fear that tells you to smooth out all the bumps for your beloveds and make things easy for them. Teach them that failure and course correcting are part of how we learn.