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What is the bedtime situation in your house? In our house, we’ve always had pretty strict bedtimes…
No matter what your age, everyone always had (and still has) a set bedtime. This was always according to how old you were, what time you had to wake up for school, how much you had going on at night, etc. So for instance, I think I had a 9:00pm bedtime throughout most of high school. By senior year, it was up to 9:30pm, and by the end of senior year, I was pushing it to about 10:00pm on some nights. Most of my friends were staying up until at least midnight by senior year of high school… I thought that was crazy! I knew that I needed sleep to function, and I had to get up pretty early for school. Everyone’s bedtime always got pushed back a half-hour on weekends or during the summer, but I’ve always been the kind of person who needs a good night’s sleep or I can’t function during the day.
I think that having my parents enforce a bedtime for all of my siblings and I has been a good influence on us. I would hope that my parents were able to impact all of my siblings who were old enough to understand what number the clock says and if it means bedtime, because we never know what these kids are going to experience once they go home. Hopefully, kids will have learned enough at our house to know that they need a good sleep to be able to do well in school during the day, and they’ll watch the clock even if their parents don’t.
It’s amazing to think about just how much of a daily routine many foster children don’t experience before coming to live with us. Rules and routines may seem like a pain to many children growing up, but if you don’t have those rules, you really crave them. It seems like a really great idea for foster parents to take the time to teach foster children how to create rules and routines for themselves so that they are better prepared for life after foster care.
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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.