All that babysitting paid off

I babysat on the side in high school, college, and with my first full-time job.  I saw how my parents raised my sisters and me and liked certain pieces.  As I sit down and look at the way I parent, I see some of my mom, some of my dad, and some of the families I babysit for.

From Lori and Tony I learned to talk to my children like people and not like babies and to let my children jump on giant pillows.

From Virginia and Brant I learned how to ask intentional questions and the importance of bedtime reading.

From Tabitha and Josh I learned to read devotionals to children, to play on playgrounds, and that you’re never too young or too old to play board games.

From Lindsey and Ryan I learned to have a stocked snack drawer.

From my dad I learned how to be a social psychologist and to try to use what I know about the past to inform the present.

From my mom I learned how to use a special eat-in-bed table for sick days.

Thank you all for letting me be part of your lives and for modeling to me how to be a good parent!

published 1/1/2015

Published by MarcyBursac

Marcy is an adoptive mom of a sibling pair. Adoption was her Plan A. While remote schooling her children during the pandemic, Marcy felt compassion for the remaining 120,000 U.S. children who are waiting in foster care to be adopted. Wanting to share that foster care adoption is the most affordable way to adopt with a financial cost of $0-$2,500, she wrote a book and started a podcast both called "The Forgotten Adoption Option" to find more forever families.

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