It is difficult to adequately express how dramatically life shifts when you become a foster parent, especially if you have no prior parenting experience. The stress of the emotional roller coaster, the unknowns, behaviors, and demands of foster parenting can really take a toll. One piece of data I’ve heard is that foster parents often burn out after around two years.
One of the most important things we need to do as foster parents (or any parents, really) is find ways to attend to our own needs so that we have something to give others. You can’t care for others if you’re not caring for yourself! (It’s the old “put your oxygen mask on before trying to help someone put their mask on” rule).
In this video, I’ll share some of the ways I take care of myself so that I can care for others. In the interest of full disclosure, it has taken me the better part of three years to figure out what I needed to do in order to be at my best for my family and the children who join us temporarily! It’s easy to get overwhelmed on this journey.
What are some of the things that fill your cup? Please share your thoughts, tips, and questions in the comments below!