People engaged in foster care often focus so much on what they give the children, they do not see what they receive in return. Sometimes it is hard to see through the sacrifices and struggles to identify the many blessings received from being a foster parent. There is much more to it than caring for the child until he or she is adopted. There are gifts bestowed on foster parents that change their lives.
Through their experience, adults who foster learn good parenting. They become experts by watching the bad parenting of the birth parents and by developing the skills to be good caregivers. The experience and knowledge is a gift that should be treasured. It makes a difference in the life of every child under their care.
Some foster parents are receiving a second chance at parenting, allowing them to avoid making the same mistakes they made with their biological children. Being able to perfect their parenting skills enables them to move past any previous mistakes that haunt them. Though they may have made excellent birth parents, they can be even better foster parents.
Foster children keep these adults young, preventing inactivity and loneliness. Children enhance their lives, keeping them energized and enthusiastic. They may fill the void left when the biological children leave the home for their own lives or they may add another dimension to a house already brimming with children. Either way, the adults get to take part in their learning and growing process.
Children make great teachers, showing adults what they have learned about the world, their own lives, and the future. They educate their foster parents on technology and inform them of products and innovative ideas that can change the planet. Foster kids keep their parents in the loop regarding society and allow them to play a role in the future.