Episode # 38 How to Empower Your Foster Kids – Part 2
We always talk about developing basic skills like “Accepting Feedback” and “Following Instructions”, but also it’s important to develop skills like cooking, cleaning, budgeting, and others. When you are confident in your skills, you have the power to go forth and do something. This will empower our foster kids.
Here’s a list of Social Skills that we often focus on:
- Accepting Feedback
- Accepting No
- Disagreeing Appropriately
- Following Instructions.
Here’s a list of Life Skills that we often focus on:
- Good Hygiene
- Doing Laundry
- Cleaning Living Spaces
- Filling out resumes and applications
Build a knowledge and awareness of strengths and skills.
Your foster kids need to know and understand that they have real strengths and skills. They need to know what their strengths and skills are and how to use them in their lives. This takes practice. Here are some things that we do to facilitate this.
- ROLE PLAYS
- This is an awesome way to practice strengths and skills. Very safe, laid back, and highly focused.
- Do things that build strengths and skills.
- Foster teens need jobs.
- Let them play sports.
- Be a part of the arts.
- Encourage foster kids to use their skills for specific goals.
- Save money.
- Serve others.
- Achieve hard things.
The bottom line is, your foster kids will be empowered by the strengths and skills they develop in your home.
The biggest thing to empower our foster kids is to help them understand that they do have the power. They have real strengths. They have built, and are building, new strengths. With the skills that they have learned they can be successful in and out of foster care.
Call to Action:
- Identify some of the greatest strengths that your foster kids have.
- Use those strengths to build other strengths.
- Identify and build needed skills.
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Let us know what skills you focus on and teach in your home. How do you best empower your foster kids?
Until next time!
Ben & Deb Pugh
The Foster Parents