Satori is committed to building a better tomorrow for today's foster kids. We continually strive to fulfill the inherent right of every child and youth to have a safe and secure home that is supportive, loving, and nurturing; to establish positive lifelong relationships with caring adults, and to be provided opportunities that will assist them in reaching their fullest potential.
If you are interested in learning more about fostering in Guelph, Cambridge, Kitchener and surrounding areas, give us a call at 519-265-4630 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
NUTRITION! Children would live on junk food and snacks if we allowed them to. This is one of the key differences in what children want and what they need.
In order to grow and develop healthy bones children must be given a healthy and nutritious diet consisting of plenty of proteins, calcium, vitamins and minerals. In addition, children must drink plenty of water.
Allowing your child to eat sweet snacks once in a while is fine but these should never become a staple. Parents should look for healthier choices when it comes to snacks such as carrot sticks dipped in ranch dressing or fresh fruits.
Many children today suffer from what is called sub nutrition. Most people have heard of malnutrition but have no idea what sub nutrition means. This simply means that the child is given an adequate amount of food but the quality of food leaves a lot to be desired. For example, a child who lives on McDonald’s happy meals and candy bars is probably not having his or her nutritional needs met.
What You Need to Know Before Becoming a Foster Parent:
Becoming a foster parent is not a decision to take lightly. Some people choose to do it to build their family, to open up their home to a child who needs one, or because they’re family to a child that is in need. Whatever the reason, there is a lot to consider and things you need to do to prepare to become a foster parent. Here are some helpful tips below:
→ Know that the main goal of foster care is reunification with parents → Understand and know why you are fostering → Attend all of the classes and support groups that you can → Get all of the information that you can → Ask Questions. Any and all of them. You need as much information as you can get → Know that there are highs and lows → Be aware of your limits → Know yourself: this isn’t for everyone
If you’ve opted to foster, you've got this, you’re not alone, and you can do this. ♥
Contact us for further information on becoming a foster parent: 519.265.4630
A basic need for your child is to know that you care about them!
The easiest way to show your kids that you care is to listen to them. When you give your child undivided attention and listen to them you are showing them that you care. There are many other ways as well: go jogging with them, attend their games and functions, tuck them into bed, etc. There is a difference between loving them and caring about them. Love is more of a feeling. It may be there, but it cannot always be seen. Caring behaviours can be seen, and they are also felt.
There will be times when you have to discipline or control your child. The manner in which this is done may cause your child to believe that you don’t care about him or her. It is important to focus on the behaviour that needs to change rather than the child. You do not want your child to feel that you are angry with him or her. It is the behaviour, not the child, that is the problem. A typical discipline situation could go like this: “I care about you and love you, but (identify the behaviour that needs correcting) has to change.” End the discipline by asking, “What can you do about that?” Remember to give control without giving it up.
Being a parent is one of life’s greatest accomplishments. Do your best to meet their need of showing that you care, and “give control without giving it up!”.
Who are the children and young people that come into Foster Care?
Foster children and youth are just like any other child and youth in that they need security, stability, and the chance to develop and thrive. What is unique however is that many foster children may have experienced more challenging circumstances, some unthinkable.
Foster children and youth need a chance to regain their hope and dignity, a chance to rebuild or strengthen their foundations and an opportunity to have someone believe in them.
The children and youth we work with at Satori may have been neglected, abused, mistreated and may feel they don’t belong anywhere. They can be withdrawn, dependent, stubborn, and sometimes display problematic behaviour. They may also have difficulties with emotion regulation and social skills.
They need time to adjust, time to feel secure and most importantly, time to build relationships and trust. When the stage is set for them to make good choices and when they know they are cared for, they are no different than any other child or young person. Their unique personalities shine through, they are engaging, look to build lasting relationships, enjoy play and recreation, and yearn to succeed and reach their fullest potential.
For more information on how you can get involved please feel free to contact us at 519.265.4630 or send us a DM.
Some great advice, especially after Halloween!How to get your kids to LOVE brushing their teeth.
Taking care of primary teeth is essential for healthy adult teeth and the prevention of oral health problems later in life. Here are some tips from the Ontario Dental Hygienists’Association to help keep your children’s teeth in good shape and make oral health fun for them:
→ let kids pick the colour and character on their toothbrush → brush your teeth with your children → set up a sticker chart and get a prize when the chart is full → check out online dental games → supervise and help brush/floss → cut down on sweets → maintain a healthy diet
Start oral care early, even before a child’s first tooth comes in. Begin regular dental hygiene visits by age one.
This is a time of many physical, mental, emotional, and social changes. Hormones change as puberty begins. Most boys grow facial and pubic hair and their voices deepen. Most girls grow pubic hair and breasts and start their period. They might be worried about these changes and how they are looked at by others. This also will be a time when your teen might face peer pressure to use alcohol, tobacco products, and drugs, and to have sex. Other challenges can be eating disorders, depression, and family problems. At this age, teens make more of their own choices about friends, sports, studying, and school. They become more independent, with their own personality and interests, although parents are still very important.
Following are some things you, as a parent, can do to help your child during this time: 1. Be honest and direct with your teen when talking about sensitive subjects such as drugs, drinking, smoking, and sex. 2. Meet and get to know your teen’s friends. 3. Show an interest in your teen’s school life. 4. Help your teen make healthy choices while encouraging him to make his own decisions. 5. Respect your teen’s opinions and take into account her thoughts and feelings. It is important that she knows you are listening to her. 6. When there is a conflict, be clear about goals and expectations (like getting good grades, keeping things clean, and showing respect), but allow your teen input on how to reach those goals (like when and how to study or clean).