- We have/keep structure throughout the summer because we feel like the foster kids are getting a lot accomplished, but still feel like the have a lot of free time.
- We keep structure at home because of the loss of school structure.
-We usually do about 1 hour/day during Monday-Friday, but this is so flexible. Make it fit your home and your schedule.
-Here are some links to some of the educational sites we use to help keep our youth working on their school skills:
East of the Web – Short Stories
There are so many other good resources: Just google something your kids need to work on.
-Ask Teachers what levels of Reading, Math, or other subjects your kids are on, they probably know the best.
-We do an AM & PM chore each day.
-We also have them make their beds and clean up their rooms each day.
-Chores teach responsibility, especially to teens who may want to hang out in the evening. They can get their chores done early, or they can trade with someone else in the house.
-Chores need to be done each day to earn specific privileges.
-Practice and/or structure how the youth with respond in the future.
-Make sure these are skills based so that they are learning something you want them to do.
-It’s good to practice situations that are really hard for them when they aren’t emotional so that in the future they will be used to responding in that way.
- Family Meetings-
-Good way to set up expectations
-The youth will be able to give input by giving opinions & vote
-They can help set up rewards and consequences
-The foster kids can take ownership of what is decided at the meeting.
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Ben & Deb Pugh
The Foster Parents