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Recently it seems the entire world has been in a constant state of turmoil, don’t you think? We’ve seen a global pandemic, an invasion of Ukraine and countless other life-altering events in a short amount of time! The average person had no control over disruptions in the supply chain or the unprecedented levels of inflation which caused many households to make do with the supplies they had on hand.
Although times have been hard there have been times of triumph and glimpses of light as well! People came together to help each other by sharing ideas and life hacks that have kept us all going in these times of need! If you are a Foster Carer (or any kind of parent,) you might want to help others (especially those in your care) by sharing some of the ideas and life hacks that you have learned! We have complied the top three reasons you need to share and teach those great ideas and life hacks in the post below!
1. You Never Know What the Future Holds
Kids in foster care know full well how quickly our lives can be disrupted. Just as we have learnt from recent global events that preparedness can be our salvation! It seems to be our duty to calmly begin introducing emergency preparedness to the young people in our care.
In the little things we do we can show them that being prepared can offer them strength to withstand any crisis from record setting winter storms to a disruption in the food supply chain. Fostering agencies such as fosteringpeople.co.uk in Manchester rely heavily on the strength and calm reassurance of their foster carers (foster parent) to help teens in their care to weather the current storm they are experiencing as well as future disruptions they may one day face.
2. Conservation of Natural Resources
Teach those in your care to conserve! The UK has been a shining light in global attempts to reduce the use of fossil fuels, while making great strides to reduce our dependence on natural resources as a whole. Small things you can teach the young people in your care would be to remember to switch off lights when leaving a room and to turn off electronics like computers and televisions when not in use. Little things quickly add up when you are trying to conserve energy.
3. Frugal and Healthier Living
There are so many life hacks out there for frugal and healthier living. From finding recipe hacks for your favorite restaurant entrees to saving money on homemade cleaning solutions, you can live a healthier and less expensive lifestyle. Many people are learning to make their own chemical-free body soaps scented with essential oils while adding things like baking soda and vinegar to laundry to boost the power of commercially available laundry detergent, all of which is less expensive and a lot healthier as well. Teach the kiddos in your care about these things to help set them up for success later in life!
Something Else to Think About
Sometimes the young people in your care get so enthused about finding ways to live cheaper and healthier that they find it easier to let go of the family worries they now face. Not only will you be giving them something else to think about but you will be preparing them for the future which can be riddled with surprises. You will be imparting a level of strength and fortitude that they can take with them on life’s journey, wherever it may take them.