Weekend Reading | Oct. 9

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Below is a collection of various blog posts meant to encourage, inspire or educate. Grab a steaming mug of hot liquid this weekend and steal away to a quiet corner for some quick reads.

How Foster Care Wrecked My Life

My life was wrecked. I found out that some kids had bigger worries than mine. Their life was hard. Some were hard to love. Some were easier. But what mattered most was that they WERE loved. Because what matters most IS love. These lessons have shaped the way that I act in my everyday life and in my job (teaching) because I learned how to deal with a huge variety of personalities and I learned to be sensitive to kids who weren’t living the dream. I learned a lot about how to love the unlovable and how to keep on reaching out even when people shut you down. It has enhanced my life and my ability to let people be people. (Something my mom said to me MANY times when I was frustrated because someone wasn’t doing something the right way.) I also learned that it is very important to pick your battles. Not every battle is worth fighting.

What is compassion fatigue?

Compassion fatigue is a type of stress caused by caring for others. Although burnout develops over time, compassion fatigue comes on suddenly. In his article “Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Watch for these Signs,” psychotherapist Dennis Portnoy classifies compassion fatigue as a form of burnout.

5 Easy Ways to Calm a Hyperactive Child

Sometimes, all you want from life is five minutes of quiet – and, like some cruel universal joke, this is the exact time your child commences to bounce off the walls like a 35 lb. super ball. Hyperactivity in children isn’t necessarily a sign that something’s wrong. In fact, it’s completely normal for children of all ages to have shorter attention spans than adults and an overabundance of energy. The trick is learning how to refocus that energy when it’s necessary.

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