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Life after lockdown; is it time for a change?

The Coronavirus awakens us to recognise that anything in life is possible through our isolation. We realise that life after the lockdown will be different. Maybe, now is the time we need to reassess our may-be dreams and returning to a normal life after lockdown is a chance to realise our dreams. Can you foster?

Many make life-changing decisions because they are in no hurry to return to their old lives. Life after COVID is more straightforward, and the calmness we are attuned to is preferable to the manic rush we knew as life before. Life is now kinder and calmer; it is about family and our children, and our priorities have changed. Sadly, life after the lockdown for many families became harder as austerity bites and the remains of COVID lingers. As a result, more families and their children have become vulnerable.

Life after lockdown, is it time to take control?

Now is a time of self-discovery and awakening to control our lives and do things differently. Life was the only thing that stopped us; it always got in the way! Sadly, many people saw families as a hindrance. We didn’t appreciate kindness and simple things because they were unimportant. The kindness and simplicity of life had no purpose; we became shallow.

Life in lockdown taught us to hear what was said. We began to listen intently as the severity of the crisis hit home. It was usual to listen to what we wanted; we disregarded the rest because we rushed everything. During the lockdown, we had all the time in the world; we began to hear more and understand the world around us. More importantly, we started becoming attuned and found an empathy we never knew existed; now, it was time for a change.

Life after lockdown, is it time for a change?

Our mental health affects every part of our daily lives, and positive or negative thoughts will affect our jobs, social relationships, and health. More importantly, it impacts the path that day will take and, as a result, our decisions. Making decisions is based on our mindsets; are we a half-full or half-empty cup?

Staying home with our families was routine. Sadly, it weakened some families, and others grew stronger. Many families who once spent more time apart than together became stronger. Life after the lockdown means they now cherish each other and the time they have together more than ever. Taking control of our lives helped many to decide on their future; foster care would have remained a ‘maybe, one day, daydream’. More importantly, they saw it was time for a change, especially for the children who led the way when they needed it most.

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Life after lockdown. Can you foster?

Life now appears to have realigned to a time when we idolised greed and material objects. The realisation of change enabled us to think; maybe, our path should change.

Maybe, it is possible to make changes? Our ‘maybe one-day daydreams’ could become a reality? The reality of change now inspires us to explore an exciting future for our lives after the lockdown; could you foster?

The Coronavirus created a sinister presence that we can neither see nor feel. It was a war where the enemy had the upper hand; Coronavirus had power. Also, Coronavirus empowered us because we were a mass of people in a rush; we were easily visible. But, when locked away, it lost control. Sadly, for many children in lockdown, being locked away and out of sight made them more vulnerable than ever.

Life after the lockdown helped us understand it’s time for a change.

Children, throughout the pandemic, were our heroes; they led the way with strength and resilience and were fantastic. Children have a simplistic view of life with values from kindness, trust, and honesty; it’s innate to most children. But many children don’t have safe and loving homes and families who care for and love them. They became vulnerable when they were invisible to support networks that once helped them.

The Coronavirus made many of us reassess our lives and realise the experience of lockdown impacted positively to us. We didn’t expect it; it’s almost like we switched to simpler times. For many families, it made them closer, and they are in no rush to resume the chaos of life before COVID-19. But, for others, Coronavirus fragmented families and fragile relationships, shattered as the pressure of lockdown grew too much. Sadly, some children have seen the reality of life during the lockdown. It is time for foster carers to help children who have suffered trauma and abuse, now is the time for a change for them and us.

Foster care makes a difference in children’s lives.

Now is the time for a change as we assess our new lives. We must remember the children we trusted who showed us love and helped us through our darkest days, painting rainbows and clapping with us to support our NHS. Now, we must support children in care and look after them for however long they need us within the communities they are loved.

We don’t know what life after the lockdown will be like. However, we know our lives will not be the same as before. Thankfully, vulnerable children who suffered trauma and abuse are no longer invisible to support. Sadly, COVID-19 brought more children into the care system, and they need foster carers, more than ever, to keep them safe and loved within their communities.

Foster care makes a difference in a child’s life when needed most. There are many careers, undoubtedly, less challenging, but few are as rewarding. If you want to chat about fostering a child or children in your community, contact me on the form below. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of children in care.


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