Fostering children – and adopting those who need a family – has become our life’s calling. Sadly, only three percent of practicing Christians step up to foster a child in need of placement, according to Barna research. This number is staggeringly low when you consider that almost 400,000 children are currently embroiled in the foster care system nationwide.
This month we celebrate National Foster Care Month, and we must turn our attention to this plight, better serving and advocating for those living in this space.
A 2019 paper in World Psychiatry summarized that divorce and separation are associated with higher risk of academic difficulties, lower grades, higher school dropout rate, conduct and substance use problems, and depression. Children of divorced parents are also “more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior, live in poverty, and experience their own family instability.” They are also more likely to have mental health struggles and to be institutionalized for mental health struggles.
The constant pressure to stay in the know causes many moms to be glued to their phones 24/7. However, this is one of the leading factors behind a rise in anxiety. Unfortunately, due to the bombardment of notifications and the temptation of aimlessly scrolling, moms often find their focus shifting away from their children, leading to a sense of mom guilt.
If you're constantly on edge and unable to shake the feeling you should be more engaged with your kids, your phone might be the problem. Here are seven ways our phones produce anxiety and lead to mom guilt.
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Every day’s news brings more examples of our society’s rejection of biblical morality. But like a river that erodes the shoreline we can see and the underwater banks we cannot, the cultural currents of our day are undermining our democracy in ways that are less apparent but no less foundation
Jane, Max, and Henry lost both of their parents back-to-back. First, these young children from the St. Louis area lost their father after doctors diagnosed him with colon cancer. Then, unfortunately, their mother – Megan – also passed away just 4 months after the death of their father.
Left without a mother and a father, the children’s aunt Krista and her husband, Dave, took in Jane, Max, and Henry. The couple already had three children of their own. But the displays of love and support shown to Jane, Max and Henry did not stop there!