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Author: host Created: 6/16/2008 2:46 PM
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The job market for teens is at an all-time low. But that doesn't mean jobs aren't out there--or that teens don't benefit from having one beyond the financial compensation.  If your teen wants a summer job, they should have started looking already.  If they haven't, then they need to really get moving now.  As with jobs for adults, in this economy you have to be very determined and contact a LOT of employers.

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I've been a long-time fan of chickens.  When I was a kid, we used to visit my Aunt's farm and I thought going out to her coop and taking eggs out from under a soft, warm, cooing hen was just about the coolest thing in the world.  When we were teens we kept hens for eggs for a year or so, and I loved that too.  Foghorn Leghorn?  Yup, I'm a fan!  Omlettes?  Yum!  Henny Penny?  Gotta love her. 

So after years of pining for some happy cluckers and farm fresh brown eggs, I recently decided to get hens.

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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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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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I blogged last week about us considering foster care.  We filled out the contact form online and the nonprofit organization that the state contracts to run the system called us.  Today we had our interview.  It was very informative, and also a bit scary.

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I've recently discovered that my son has developed a sophisticated excuse and evasion maneuver that quite frequently gets him out of trouble when he should be in trouble.  The battle plan?  Call his bluff.

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Learn the benefits Scouting offers your children, read a sampling of the many activities Scouts participate in, and take this opportunity to wish Scouts a big Happy 100th Birthday!

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Foster care is nothing to take lightly.  Your home and family must pass a list of requirements.  In our state, you have to take eight weeks of classes.  Then, if you're approved, you have to be willing to bring a child that likely has special needs into your home and commit to keeping them there as long as they need a place to stay because they've already been uprooted and tossed around and stability is HUGE in a kid's life. 

You have to open your heart to a stranger, promise to give them acceptance, support and affection--all knowing that at any moment, they may leave your home and you may never see them again.

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