Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
Welcome back to Taylor Talks!
Today my family went to the house of some good friends to go swimming for the day. It’s really nice when we get to spend time with them, because all of the parents have fun with each other, I can hang out with my friend (who’s 18), and my littlest sisters have fun playing with the little boys in this family. Everyone enjoys each other’s company, even if there isn’t a person to hang out with who’s exactly the same age.
Earlier in the afternoon, my mom mentioned something to her friend about how nice it was to be invited over, and that she didn’t want to leave a mess for her to clean up later. She jokingly said how after we had a lot of kids in the family, we stopped getting invited everywhere… Now that’s not completely true; of course we still have family and friends who we see once in a while, and there are some people that we see more frequently. But it is a lot harder to go anywhere with a family of nine than it used to be with a family of three or four.
I think it’s important to realize that a lot of people will, in fact, be amazed at the fact that you have more than two children if you’re part of a big family, or that there are foster kids in your home… People only know what they hear on the news or in movies, which is mostly negative. It’s up to foster families to show that there are amazing benefits to being a foster family, and even when you adopt a bunch of kids and have a big family like mine, the positives hugely outnumber the negatives. So maybe we don’t take as many vacations, or take the whole family out to a fancy restaurant every week; I would much rather stay home with a bunch of siblings than be taken out on vacation and have no one to enjoy it with.
Do you have a big family? Do people think it’s odd that you have a lot of kids/siblings? What are your thoughts on this matter? Let me know in the comments!
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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.