This week’s episode features an interview with Kara Lackey, who with her husband, Jason, created the Know and Love Quiz! This quiz is a FREE resource for families! It will help you to know and love your kids better, and to meet each child’s unique needs. They started off on this journey to help themselves as parents, they instantly saw how great this would be for foster families. We all need to know and love our foster kids to the best of our abilities, and this resource will help!
Know and Love
Visit knowandlove.com to do a free assessment of your kids and their unique personalities! This website is full of amazing resources to help you understand the different ways that your children are wired, and how you can talk to them, and interact with them, in a way that they feel known and loved!
This is a resource that is designed to help parents feel like they have some tools in their “emotional first aid kits” to help them understand their kids better. We as parents often, and unknowingly, shame our children – because we simply do not understand their behaviors.
More Resources for Parents
Some other tools we think will be very helpful are The Connected Child, and The Whole Brain Child. Both are amazing books that help you look at your children in a new light. Especially with having foster children in your home! We don’t know everything they have been through, but we can know how to help them to deal with their baggage, and to help carry that burden with them. These are all tools that will help your kids to understand how to express themselves better now; and these tools will benefit them greatly into adulthood as well.
We have had many other episodes to help you to know and love your foster children, and to connect with them better! If you are interested in hearing more, check out Episode 56 where we talk about TBRI. Episodes 38 & 39 with Speech Language Pathologist – Christie Priem.
The (Good) Word of the Day
“We create a space for creative, constructive interaction in our home, where most of our energy goes towards maintaining awareness of where shame is hiding. Jesus can overcome shame when it is brought to the light.-Lackey Family Motto
Jason and Kara have been on a journey to punch shame in the face! They have chosen to ‘swim towards’ the things that have brought them shame – in their finances, in the marriage, in their personal health journeys. They have done HARD things, and continue to do so. And along the way, they are helping others on their journeys as well.
Take Down Your Shame Monsters
Shame wants to tell us that we are alone. But we are not. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” There are so many people who are suffering with the same things as you! Bring your shame to the light, and you will find others who are struggling with the same things!
Romans 10:11 says that “anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame”. So let us, as a family of believers, live confidently and lovingly with one another.
Thank you Kara, and Jason, for all the great work you guys have done, and continue to do for parents – especially foster parents. We know this will help us to know and love our foster kids better, and we hoe that it helps you as well!
If you want to connect on Social Media:
We missed Chris this week, but you can connect with him on facebook.
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And with Jihae on Instagram
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You can also listen to Episode 66 here.