What is the bedtime situation in your house? In our house, we’ve always had pretty strict bedtimes…
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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