…well it keeps me sane…
It’s amazing the difference a little routine can make to a child’s life. Often they come from such chaotic backgrounds that they don’t know what routine feels like.
When is the next meal? Is there another meal? When is bedtime – where will I sleep? What are we doing next? Will anyone talk to me and pay me some attention today?
It’s the one thing I find the most amazing about fostering! A little basic routine provides a child with stability, a feeling of safety and confidence, and within just a couple of weeks they start to flourish and begin to overcome whatever issues they came with. It’s one of the most rewarding things to see.
Mealtimes round the table together, regular bed and bath times, weekly visits to parks, soft play, toddlers groups; these are all things that make a big difference.
Even though we take this sort of routine for granted and it feels nothing special to us, it’s what a lot of children crave and just don’t have. It’s definitely one of the most important thing a foster carer has to offer.