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Today, I unfortunately had to take a sick day. I had a fever last night, and couldn't risk getting all of the children sick. On the bright side, I do feel a lot better tonight than I did last night. Though I still can't breathe through my nose, the fever is gone, and I'm feeling much more like myself. Thank goodness!
So tonight, I was catching up on one of my absolute favorite television shows, Once Upon A Time, and it got me thinking about foster children. I'm a few weeks behind (even though the show has been on winter hiatus since the end of December, I'm pretty sure) and the plot line strongly revolves around Elsa and Anna, from the Disney movie Frozen.
In this plot line in the show, much like in the movie, there is an emphasis on embracing who you are, and having pride in yourself. Elsa is an outsider because of her magic powers, much like one of the main characters on the show, Emma. There is a lot of talk about embracing the powers and understanding that everyone has their own special gift and the fact that no one should want to change who they are. This idea of pride in oneself, and the whole issue of having good self-esteem, actually connects really well to kids in foster care.
For many kids in foster care, it can be easy to lose confidence in themselves. They may not be proud of who they are because there can be such a negative stigma attached to foster care. What they may not realize about themselves, though, is that it isn't the child's fault that he or she is in foster care. All of the blame falls on the parent, not the child. So it's up to the foster family to boost each child's self-esteem and give them the tools that they need to be confident and successful in life.
All children need to be praised, loved, and told how special they are, but foster kids need all of that even more. No matter how long a child is placed in your foster home, you use every moment and opportunity to make a lasting impact on that child's life.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.