Welcome to the Rooted Mind Podcast!
Episode 37: Fostering Adventures
Your host: Shelby
Special guest: Emily
[1:30] Shelby: How are you rooting your mind?
[1:40] Taking time for yourself as a mom
[2:08] Shelby: Can you tell me about your life and where you’re at with your kids and all that stuff?
[2:35] Emily: I stay home with my kids, they’re all under 3
[3:12] Shelby: What made you decide to start fostering?
[3:30] Emily: We really felt called to foster, we even considered not having biological children at all
[4:31] Shelby: Fostering really helped me grow as a person. I don’t think people realize what they’re missing by not fostering
[5:19] Shelby: Instead of extending judgment on foster cases, you can bring healing for an entire family
[6:25] Emily: With our current foster placement, we’re cheering her bio family on, we’re excited for them to get the help they need so they can get their child back
[7:35] Emily: Fostering is an opportunity to show healthy family habits
[7:45] You can’t make fostering about your own comfort
[9:21] Shelby: our experience was different since we adopted our first placements, but waiting the 18 months with each adoption case was really difficult, not knowing if we were going to have to give them back
[10:54] Not knowing the future of the child is very difficult; all you can do is choose to love them every day you have them
[11:40] Understanding that you can’t control everything, even (and especially) as a parent
[12:23] Shelby: I got a lot of freedom when I realized that I’m not responsible for my kids choices, I’m responsible for teaching them as well as I can
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[13:55] Shelby: What do you think the hardest thing is about being a mom in general?
[14:20] Taking joy in being a stay-at-home mom
[14:35] Shelby: It was healing for me to realize I don’t have to enjoy every moment of motherhood
[15:00] Give yourself grace and credit for what you do right as a mom
[16:05] Give yourself room to grow without guilt and shame
[16:30] Shelby: How do you find time to communicate with your spouse and keep your marriage a priority?
[16:43] Emily: Texting is the best way I communicate with my husband throughout the day, it keeps us on the same page
[18:25] Emily: Serving one another truly makes you feel better
[19:01] Shelby: If I give myself the time and space to process my feelings, I’m a better partner
[19:30] Shelby: What do you do for fun?
[19:35] Emily shares her love of creating and decorating
[20:15] Emily talks about her MOPS group
[21:07] Shelby: Do you ever feel like others are critical of the fact that you stay at home?
[21:45] Challenges of being a stay-at-home parent
[23:15] Shelby: What advice do you have for moms?
[23:32] Working in your strengths
[24:27] Shelby shares the importance of positive self-dialogue
[25:58] How we look at ourselves impacts how we treat ourselves
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