Below are the best articles we could find on Asking for Help.
We all need help from time to time, but some of us have trouble asking for it. Sometimes it’s because we grew up in families or circumstances where no help was readily available, or we were criticized for needing it. Sometimes it’s because our current situation makes finding the help we need an overwhelming prospect. Whether our difficulties rest in figuring out what we need, finding the right person to ask, or working out how to word our request, there are many strategies available to discover and tap into the support many of those around us are eager to give.
In the beginning, it was difficult to let myself rest, even with the ultimate doctor’s note. I felt like I still had to push past my (extremely limited) capabilities. I had to practice slowing down and allowing my frailties to become visible even when I had the choice to hide them.
Parenting foster children who have come to your home from trauma, neglect or abuse is likely the hardest work you will ever do. It requires you to have a wide variety of tools in your parenting toolbox. Self-care for foster parents is one of the most important tools you can have in that toolbox.