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Recently my local news did a story on Spice, an herbal "blend" that kids are using to get a marijuana-like high.  Little research has been done on Spice, but what has been done indicates that it may not be what the ingredients claim.  Instead, researchers suspect that Spice is purposely laced with a synthetic cannabinoid, or substance that acts like marijuana in the body.

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Sometimes, our kids are afraid to try something new.  It could be that they are afraid of failing, think they aren't interested, or are just plain lazy.  Sometimes I'll notice that they are declining to do something I think they'd really enjoy if they just gave it a chance.  That's where we, as parents, have to give the kids a metaphorical kick in the butt.

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So it gets down to the fact that while we feel we could provide a foster child with a safe, loving home, support, encouragement, positive discipline, etc. we are too overwhelmed by the system to feel we can care for the child, fulfil the requirements of the system, and continue to work and care for our own children (and protect them.)

And so, that is the end of our becoming foster parents, and least for now.  We are terribly disappointed.

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An email from The Education Innovator about new grants and resources from the Department of Education.

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I was just reading one of the mommy forums I subscribe to and a mother posted that she keeps catching her 14 year old son watching porn on their family computer, and she's wondering what to do.  Her top idea is to cut him off from the computer but to buy him a "harmless" magazine like Maxim or Playboy.  I think her question and the extreme range of answers illustrate just how uneducated and insecure parents feel about parenting.  But when it gets into issues that we, as adults, haven't even completely figured out, our kids are in a tricky and uncomfortable place.

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This past weekend, we had a moment of doubt as we thought of everything coming up this month related to foster care--and felt stressed about having such a busy schedule.  We wanted to make certain we would be able to handle this increased responsibility long term without feeling overwhelming stress or resentment towards the child.

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The kids are always asking, "Guess what?" or "Can I ask you something?" or "Do you know what happened?"  I really wish they'd just get to the point!

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