Fostering a child
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- Parenting Skills
- Published on Thursday, 28 October 2021 17:03
- Last Updated on 28 October 2021
- Monica Costa
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If you have decided – or are still deciding – to become a foster parent, the main reason behind what you are doing is most likely to be that you want to make a big difference to a child’s life in the most positive way. You’ll know that there are some children who just don’t have the best start in life or whose family situation means they need some extra care, and you are ready to help them.
However, it’s also important to know that fostering can improve your life, as well as the child’s. Although this won’t – usually, at least – be the main motivating factor in deciding to take on this challenge, the fact that you can see benefits in your own life is certainly something to be aware of. Read on to find out what some of those benefits are.
You Become A Better You
When you are a foster parent, you need to be caring, kind, compassionate, empathetic, and patient. You need to take care of potentially extremely vulnerable children and they have to be able to trust you completely.
Yet even if you have all of these skills and traits in place, it won’t be until you have a child to foster that they really get used to their full extent. In other words, you will become a better version of yourself, with your most positive personality traits shining through, when you actually have a child to foster. These skills can help in many different areas of life, so fostering a child will help you improve in all areas.
Join An Enriching Community
When you are a foster parent, you never have to worry about being on your own. You will always have people there to support you, whether that’s the agency you are fostering through, such as thefca.co.uk, a group of local foster parents, or an online community. You can reach out whenever you need to if you need assistance in any way and, equally, you can offer advice and help to others if you can.
Since foster parents come from all different backgrounds, you’re sure to be able to easily find people just like you who will be going through – or will have already gone through – the same trials and challenges, and experience the same rewards.
You’ll Become A Stronger Person
Fostering a child is fulfilling and rewarding, but it’s also difficult. Not everyone is able to take a stranger into their home and give them the love and support they need to thrive and become who they can be. This is why foster parents are so special, and why there are so many stages to go through to become one.
Once you are a foster parent, one of the many benefits is that you will become a much stronger person. You no longer only have to consider your own needs, but you need to think of someone else, and the difficulties they might be facing. You’ll need to learn how to deal with many different kinds of problems, and this will help you grow as a person while you are helping someone less fortunate.
Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London https://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums