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Father’s Day Fun!

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 21st! And on that note, we’ve got a post with a few reminders for all those foster kids out there. So if you’re a carer reading this, make sure you share it with your foster kids ahead of time. Let’s make it a day to remember!

Let Him Have A Lie-In!
As a foster carer with Perpetual Fostering, he’s obviously a caring and hardworking person. Aside from his job during weekdays, remember that each and every day of the week, he also helps to take care of you. So he deserves a rest! He works hard during the week, so why not let him have a few extra hours off at the weekend to relax?

…Followed by Breakfast in Bed
If you have someone to help you, why not make him breakfast in bed, like scrambled eggs and the works? Or if not, some toast and a cup of tea is always enough – it’s the thought that really counts.

…Then Present Your Gift
Hopefully you’ve already got a present for him sorted out, but if not, don’t worry – there’s still time! Get him something he’ll enjoy – it doesn’t have to be big or expensive. Even a handmade card would be special! Just be sure to wrap it up just like you would for a birthday, or at Christmas time.

Let Him Watch the Football
Whatever time of day it’s on – morning, afternoon or evening – let him watch something that he really enjoys. And while you leave him to it, make sure you do something worthwhile with your time. Go outside and get some exercise, or read a book – at least for the full length of the game!

Say Thank You
Above all, remember to thank your superhero foster Dad for everything he does for you! You only get one day every year to do so, so make it count!

It doesn’t matter what type of carer you are, we’ve all pressed the snooze button on our alarm clocks in the morning. That familiar buzzzzz cracks through the silence as the sunlight breaks in between the curtains …

Morning! Now, let’s get going.

Right foot, then left, on the ground and out of bed, unless of course you’re greeted by the furriest family member first, the beloved family dog! Speaking of which, you’ll probably need to feed him before you leave. It’s up and away from here onwards. You’re dressed and ready, with a cup of coffee to get the day started … time to wake the kids up. Out of their Batman and Princess Elsa PJs, they’ve finally mustered the energy to get into their school uniform. Ah, breakfast time.

After a cereal spill here and a grumble about burnt toast there, breakfast is done and dusted … out of the house and to school we go. School bag? Check. Lunch? Check. Homework? Uh oh. You’ll be having a chat about that later.

Some of us wish we had clones so we could be here, there and everywhere to get everything done on time, all the time. But fear not! Whether your start to the day is utterly chaotic or perfectly planned, worry not; you’re already doing a superhero’s job as an amazing carer so pat yourself on the back and simply put one foot in front of the other. 

As part of Fostering Fortnight, we want to celebrate YOU, the foster carer – we’ve created Sammy, our wonderful foster child under the care of an incredible foster care superhero. Please share and spread the word – help us raise the flag for foster carers over your social channels, helping spread awareness among your friends, families, colleagues, and anyone else who might be interested in a career in fostering.

Join Perpetual Fostering today. We care so that you can.

Having good friends is an extremely important part of our lives. Friendships can affect our emotions, our actions and how we develop as a person. Some of the most important things to know about friendships are; what a good friendship consists of, what makes a good friend and what a friend should not do.

At first, it might be hard to determine what you think makes a good friendship but when you really think about it, it’s quite simple. Elements of a good friendship are very similar to traits of a good friend. In a healthy friendship, you should be able to trust each other, not have many arguments, taking an interest in the other person’s life, appreciate each other’s differences and many more things. These are some of the many characteristics of a good friendship but what you should remember is that everyone is different, so every friendship is different.

Whilst it may seem a little obvious, it’s very important to know what makes a good friend. It’s also important to know how to be a good friend because then you’re more likely to have long and happy friendships. Typical traits of a good friend include:

  • Someone who is supportive and encouraging
  • A person you can trust and who shows loyalty
  • Someone who is kind an considerate
  • A good listener
  • Someone who makes you smile and who you can be yourself around

Even though it is essential to know what makes a good friendship and what makes a good friend, it is even more vital to understand what a friend should not do and when a friendship can go wrong. A friend should definitely not be mean to you, make you do anything which makes you feel uncomfortable, harm you, post nasty things about you on the internet etc. If you feel like you’re in an unhealthy friendship, you can always talk to your carer, social worker, or another trusted friend.

In our recent 2015 Ofsted assessment, we were pleased to be rated as “good” in overall effectiveness as: “a good agency that strives to improve the outcomes of children and young people across all aspects of their development” – this includes a healthy lifestyle and diet, and with issues such as child obesity facing today’s youth, it’s now more important than ever to stay informed when it comes to providing a nutritious diet for children.

Here at Perpetual Fostering, we encourage a healthy, active lifestyle along with a nutritious and balanced diet. Help optimise your child’s diet by making sure they’re getting the following five essential nutrients:

Calcium

For growing children, calcium is especially important. It’s the first thing they receive through their mother’s breast milk, but can be lacking in later diets. The benefit of calcium is that it helps build strong bones and prevents osteoporosis in later life.

Calcium can be found in the following foods:

  • cheese
  • yogurt
  • milk
  • fortified foods like cereals
  • waffles
  • juice
  • soy milk

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is essential for good health and development. It is important for a child’s immune system and helps the body fight germs. Vitamin E also acts as an antioxidant, protecting cells from damage.

For these reasons, it’s essential to start introducing foods that are vitamin E rich, such as:

  • avocado
  • nuts
  • peanut butter
  • sunflower seeds
  • plant oils
  • tomato sauce
  • wheat germ
  • spinach

Fibre

Fibre helps with a child’s digestive system, helping to prevent constipation. Foods with fibre are filling – though adding no calories – and therefore help to discourage overeating in children.  Fibre is also good for the heart and blood circulation system, and helps to prevent chronic illnesses in later life.

High-fibre foods include:

  • fruits (raspberries, blackberries, pears, oranges, and apples are some of the best)
  • high-fibre cereal
  • beans
  • lentils
  • chickpeas
  • whole-grain bread and pasta
  • oatmeal
  • popcorn
  • nuts
  • ground flaxseed
  • sweet potatoes
  • green peas

Potassium

Potassium is key for a healthy fluid balance and blood pressure, along with helping muscles to contract. It is an essential nutrient for good health and development.

The best sources for potassium are found in:

  • bananas
  • oranges and orange juice
  • white and sweet potatoes
  • yogurt
  • milk
  • cantaloupe
  • honeydew
  • dried apricots
  • tomatoes, tomato sauce
  • fish such as halibut and cod

Iron

Low iron intake is most prevalent in overweight children who have a high-fat diet. Iron is a very important nutrient for carrying oxygen to the blood and helps with brain development, however low iron intake can lead to increased risk of lead poisoning and can potentially cause learning and behavioural problems.

For a higher iron intake, use these foods in your child’s diet:

  • shrimp
  • beef
  • chicken
  • beans
  • lentils
  • chickpeas
  • tomato paste
  • soy nuts
  • raisins
  • whole wheat bread
  • fortified cold and hot cereals (check labels)

As with all vitamins and nutrients, ensure that your child receives the recommended daily amount (RDA) – not too much and not too little.

We pride ourselves on providing children with a safe, stable environment which also includes helping them with a healthy, varied and nutritious diet. Let us know if you have any hints or tips when it comes to nutrition and health – we’d love top hear your stories!