The realities of foster care visitation
There's really nothing that will prepare you for the moment you buckle your child into someone else's car and then watch the car drive away.
What I experience 2-3x/week with our little man's visits with his family is very common. Foster families-- and biological families-- across the country do this day in and day out.
At the ripe age of as-long-as-I-could-remember, my dad asked big questions and talked to me about big things. My mom recounts me including war torn countries and national tragedies in my nightly prayers because current events were included in our dinner conversations before I even entered school.
Staying in-the-know has been a backdrop of my life since I was little without me even knowing it. I went to journalism school for my undergrad at Arizona State University with very little understanding of the industry I was getting into, but with a strong passion for learning and communicating. It was a no-brainer, really.
So, how does this at all relate to my new normal of work/kids/writing/family/all the things? Well, I didn't just stop being me when I got married, or had kids, or started working on my own clock. I still crave to keep up with current events.
Here's a quick and dirty list of the ways I keep up with our nation and the world's happenings.
Top Headlines from Apple - Morning Coffee
I know the mighty algorithm game is guiding what headlines pop up in my top Apple News but for the sake of at least being aware of the basics before 9a, I take a peek at the morning's top news in my phone. I took a second when I got my phone a few months ago to pick my top sources. I haven't adjusted it yet, but for now it's working just fine. Just swipe right and you're golden, friends.
A year ago I took a huge leap of faith and transitioned to part-time consulting from home so I could be with my boys. I've learned a lot in the process. The transition has taught me a lot of logistical things (i.e. never leave the house without snacks) and a lot of mental things (self-care is a requirement).
In honor of Foster Care Awareness Month, I shared our journey as foster parents in Raising Arizona Kids Magazine. Here's a brief look at our journey.
“Hi! It’s nice to meet you,” I respond a bit forcefully, after being asked for the millionth time before 12:00pm whether all my children ‘are mine.’ We’re at the public library and my double stroller tricked another passerby. When you walk toward me and take in the scene, you can see one of my three children sitting in the front and another either holding my hand or the stroller, walking beside me. It’s only when you walk past me or come toward me from another angle that you can see the additional seat situated behind the front seat.
I have three boys under the age of two-- they are all 8-months apart in age. They are all mine, yet they are not all mine as we are foster parents to one of these precious boys.
Click here to finish reading on Page 12 of Raising Arizona Kids' May Issue.