We are all familiar with the naughty step which may also be a naughty chair, spot, or corner. It is a designated area where the child is made to sit alone for a set period of time (usually one minute for each year of the child’s age), until he or she is ready to rejoin the family or group and behave. Many parents, carers, childminders and nursery schools use the naughty chair and find it works well. It allows the child to take time out to calm down and reflect on his or her bad behaviour.
Good afternoon and welcome to the 66th community round up. How was your half term break? Here's the latest activity from the community that you might have missed if you were out and about during the week.
As a foster carer you open your home to a range of people from young people of a range of ages in foster care, to social workers and other professionals. This means that you must be even more sure that your computer is secure, and that your personal information is protected. After all, you may access everything from your bank account to your online shopping through your computer and this means password after password having to be stored in your computer or remembered.
February, the month in which ‘romance’ is commercially celebrated by the modern day St Moonpig, brings to a close January’s New Year foster carer recruitment campaigns and is hopefully a time for information sessions and a peak of initial visits.
I’ve scoured the web this month for any hint of a St Valentine’s day inspired foster carer recruitment campaign, and am somewhat relieved that my search came up empty. If though your fostering service has run such a campaign either this year or in the past, please do get in touch and let me know what you did!
My name is Caroline and I am a foster carer in South Wales, and have been for 7 years. I currently have 3 teenagers in placement, one of whom has just turned 18. A week before her 18th birthday she was offered a flat, I went with her to look at it. It was fab. But I knew she wasn't ready to be left alone in this flat which was actually quite isolated. She would have had a mile to walk to the bus stop, with £53 a week to live on and miles away from any support.
Until this day I didn't realise how children felt about being moved on to independence.
Food is essential for life and therefore part of our nurturing and love. If a child rejects the food we have lovingly prepared then it is easy to feel they are rejecting us. Many of the children I’ve fostered have come to me with some form of ‘eating disorder’: refusing to eat, eating the smallest of amounts, eating only sweet foods, or gorging or binging until they are physically sick. Based on training, research for my book Happy Mealtimes For Kids, and over 25 years of fostering experience, I’ve put together some guidelines that can help achieve healthy eating.
Hello, there! It's still raining, and I'm not sure I trust the optimistic outlook for the weekend that I've been told, so I hope you've got some good plans for this weekend. A new filme to watch (or an old favourite), or perhaps a boardgame to play?
Sharon, a foster carer in South Wales, tells her story below. Some names have been changed. Tell your Assembly Member how you feel on this issue, so that all young people in foster care in Wales can be given the chance to stay.
Good afternoon! It's rather mildly sunny (well, it's clear, at least) here in London at last, so fingers crossed for a rain-free weekend for as many of you as possible. I can only apologise for the recent inconsistency in the timings of these posts, but we'll stick to the fortnightly schedule from now on. Here are just a handful of the many interesting discussions taking place in your community: