Bringing kids up is one of the most challenging and yet rewarding stages of your life. The sad thing is that most people are so engrossed in making sure that everything works out well and focusing on the future that they never really learn how to appreciate parenthood. If you have your own kids, then you probably have a fair understanding of what it’s like to miss all the beautiful moments that punctuated the chaos of their early years. One of the best ways that you can bring that back is by becoming a foster parent. Or, experience all of these moments for the very first time while giving a child a loving home. Here are a few reasons why being a foster parent may just be the thing that your soul needs.

 

You Get to Help a Child Form Lasting Attachments

 

Studies show that children who are able to bond with their caregivers when they’re growing up go on to form very healthy relationships as adults. The benefits of helping a child gain this type of emotional security are that he or she will grow up to form great friendships and marriages. There are so many kids in the foster care system, and most of them end up with emotional scars, which make it impossible for them to get into lasting friendships and marriages. According to ChildTrauma.org, when you bond with a child between the ages of 1 and 3, he or she will start understanding the concept of love and security. This breaks the cycle of abuse and abandonment, leading him or her to better emotional health. There’s nothing that compares to knowing that you’re the reason behind a happy and healthy adult.

 

There’s a Sense of Completeness That Comes With It

 

If you’re the kind of person who deeply cares for kids and can’t stand to see them getting hurt, then becoming a foster parent is one of the ways in which you can help ease their experience in the foster care system and give them security. While it’s true you can’t foster all the kids in the system, there’s a sense of completeness and accomplishment that comes with raising a child, instilling positive values in them, giving them an education, and meeting their many other needs with the help of the state. There’s nothing that compares to the joy of being the light at the end of the tunnel for a child whose biological parents aren’t necessarily around.

 

It’s a Learning Experience

 

Most people who have raised kids will tell you that when they started the journey, it was all about what they could teach the kids, but somewhere along the way, they realized that the kids were also there to teach them valuable lessons. Being a foster parent gives you an opportunity to identify what skills you already have and how you can enhance those skills. Plus, you don’t have to go it alone — according to PerpetualFostering.co.uk, most foster agencies provide training to help new foster parents adapt to their new role. By the end of the experience, you’ll be a better person emotionally and socially, and you’ll have formed a lasting bond with the child.

 

It Gives Your Life Purpose

 

Have you ever been stuck in a situation where you wondered what your real purpose in life is? Maybe all your kids are grown up and you still feel like you aren’t finished parenting. There’s no greater way to give your life a whole new purpose than signing up to become a foster parent. As Renee Tarantowski reminds parents, parenting reminds you that you’re wanted and needed. It gives you goals and activities to do together with the little kid. It fills your days with laughter as well as the general challenges that make being a parent such a rewarding experience. When you have a purpose as great as raising a child, you understand the greater good for which you exist.

 

It’s a Way of Giving Back to the Community

 

Another great benefit that comes from being a foster parent is the fact that it’s one of the best ways to give back to society, especially when you’ve been blessed with a good home and good health and you’re a great parent. Most of the kids in the foster care system don’t understand what it means to have parental love, and to make matters worse, they also rarely get the regular supplies that they need to grow up healthy. You stepping in will be a huge blessing in their life, and that’s good for your soul.

 

These are just a few of the many reasons to sign up and become a foster parent. In a world full of kids without parental love, your nurturing, love, and dedication will go a long way in raising a better generation.

 

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Colleen Batchelder

Colleen Batchelder

Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions.

When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.
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Colleen Batchelder has always been passionate about putting Feet to her Faith! She loves traveling the globe minstering at various churches, colleges and conferences speaking to audiences ranging in age from 9 – 101. She speaks on inter-generational communication, reaching millennials within the workplace and church and breaking down generational assumptions. When she’s not pouring over books, you can find her enjoying a nice Chai Latte, exploring NYC or traveling to a new and exotic destination.

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