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Are you aware of your own thresholds? What provokes your own anxiety? We talk about children and foster carers having triggers for their heightened behaviours, but sometimes we need to be self aware and give ourselves a big hug. We need to give ourselves a little space to work out what’s going on, and pause - take a moment to question your thought patterns, challenge those fears, and consider how you can regain control, be a little kinder to yourself and ask “are my thoughts rational?” What would I tell my 13 year old self?
As we know, recording a child’s journey through capturing a snippet of their daily life is crucial for children and they have a right to know more about themselves growing up. But why is it so challenging for foster carers to capture “creatively" those beautiful and difficult moments that children face each and every day?
I challenge you to think about how foster carers record in a meaningful way, not just “got up, went to school, came home, went to bed” - but provide examples to increase curiosity and record the "magical moments”. It might be to “Write down one thing that made you smile about C today”, “Write down one thing that C did to help in the home today”, etc. Why not write to the child, it makes a world of difference to the language being used - so, in your next learning exchange I challenge you to come up with different examples of capturing a child’s journey, a snapshot, a photo of a moment, which says a thousand words… good luck!
Do you value the importance of learning exchange opportunities? Next time you have a team meeting, someone bring a case study - something that is leaving you unsure of what to do next. All ask one question, but refrain from jumping in and providing the answers - take the most challenging question - the one you really have no idea how to answer - that’s the one to now explore together and breakdown into a helpful reflective discussion.