55. The next frontier

adoption foster foster care kids Jan 11, 2019

Good morning, Mama S here. There have been a lot of talks within our household of a dream I have that I am taking steps toward becoming a reality. As some of you may be aware, I read, watch, discuss everything I can come across that talks about parenting, successful parenting, children that grew up with trauma, etc. I have been taking in all this information and discussing it in therapy, at home, with other foster parents, and with our social workers. This has put an idea in my head that has been brewing for about a year now. Today is the day to put it out there and hold myself accountable. I am taking steps to become a Certified Parenting Coach and I will (eventually) also be studying to become certified in Trust Based Relational Intervention.

Before you ask, I’m still continuing my other schooling. I’m doing both.  It seems like a lot. Sometimes it seems like too much. What I will end up doing is taking my classes for my bachelors degree (as I have been) and then also studying in a program to become a Certified Parenting Coach. That program will take 12-15 months to complete once I start and then I will take a brief break, this mama will need a nice vacation, then I will start the program to become certified in TBRI (Trust Based Relational Intervention).

It is my intention to work with families in the greater Milwaukee area that are tired of trying the same things and it not working, too exhausted to research some parenting strategies that may work for their family, just want an outsider’s view on how their family can run more cohesively, and/or want someone to come in and help everyone get on the same page.

It won’t be easy. It is going to be a LOT of work, it is going to take me away from my family on many nights/weekends when I am doing sessions with other families, it will mean MORE homework, more reading, more items on the schedule. It is all worth it. Plus, it has the added bonus of showing our girls that a dream worth having is a dream worth fighting for. It is worth the hard work. It takes hard work and it is a beautiful thing to have your family support you. That is a life lesson that they can take with them for years to come.

So… Here’s to the start of something great. The next frontier. I will be required to have over 100 hours of practical hands on work while I am doing my studies. Please think about if you would be willing to give me a shot. If for nothing else, to help this mama start her dream. Who knows, perhaps we will all grow for the better- that’s the intention!

Thank you for coming along on this journey with us.

Until next time,

Mama S

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