Social justice seems to be on the forefront of society today. We are all cheered on to find a cause that is dear to our heart. Something that we want to champion and fight for. I don’t know what that thing is for you. But for Eric and I, one of the biggest injustices we see is in the foster care system.
Now, don’t fear, I’m not bashing the system here. Eric and I long to be able to have a home that is wide open to those children in the system who need a home. We want to welcome in those kids who need parents and give them a place where they can feel loved and safe.
As we’re preparing for the day when we are able to actually able to bring children into our home, I’m on the hunt for resources. Books to read that will help me better understand a child’s mind, their emotions and behaviors. Resources that will help me parent better. Resources to help a child better process their experiences.
Deal With Those Emotions
In fact, as I sat down to write this email, I was finishing up listening to a podcast from God Centered Mom that talked about emotional milestones for kids. The therapists that were on the show talked about beginning super early with children on identifying emotions. The suggestion to hang up a feelings chart in the home and begin working on those emotions early was enlightening to me.
We have a toddler who has big emotions. ALL THE TIME. We seem to go from happy to angry in a millisecond. I’m under no illusion that an emotions chart will fix all the things, but I CAN spend time with Sarabeth explaining different emotions and working to identify them when we aren’t communicating well. We’re also going back and spending some time with our sign language videos on feelings. Through those Sarabeth can watch other children act out their emotions and provide the sign for that emotion. Every little thing helps!
Love You From Right Here
I also just got to read a new book from Jamie Sandefer called Love You From Right Here. This sweet, short book has two purposes. First, it gives you an avenue by which you can talk with children about feelings and that fact that while they are in your home, you will be there.
Second, Love You From Right Here is a sweet little keepsake book. There is space in the back for you to share some highlight moments of the child’s stay in your home. It will serve as a memory and something to hold on to.
Written by a foster mom, this book addresses the basic needs of a child. It reminds them that they can find love, safety, help when hurt, encouragement, and more from their foster parent.
I’m constantly reminded that often a book will help open up doors that just sitting and talking about a child will not. Sometimes a book acts as a catalyst to open up a difficult conversation. Reading aloud can help connect a foster child to foster parent.
This short little book will certainly help open the door to begin talking about emotions. It will help that initial transition into your home. As you read this book to the new child in your home, it will help them understand that you are pledging to be there for them.
To remind the child that they will find support in this home. And to remind them that they are loved. I love the space in the back of the book to share highlights about things they loved, and to remember special moments you shared together.
I received a copy of this book from the author and Lucid Books. This review is my own, honest opinion.