Building a stronger foundation for a child begins with the main strategy of learning to be an “active parent.” Active parents want their children to grow, learn, and discover something new every day. Clever parenting ideas help active parents in their attempts to teach children to be accountable for their decisions and to think through situations before they act. This effort promotes positive self-esteem and is rooted in self-discipline.
The opposite of active parents is inactive parents. Inactive parents expect the responsibility of their children growing into responsible adults to fall on someone else. They blame teachers when their children are not smart enough, the nosy neighbor for calling Children's Services, and the authorities if their child gets into trouble with the law. Their general mantra is to look elsewhere for their children's formation when, in reality, they need to look inward.
Specifically, active parenting in the world of foster care, means devoting time to understanding trauma informed care. Trauma informed care is the understanding of adverse childhood experiences (drug usage in parents, domestic violence exposure, abuse and neglect -to name a few) and how it leads to trauma for the foster child. Trauma leads to developmental delays and many other physical and mental health problems. Active parents work hard to advocate for the physical, mental, and social needs of the child while in foster care.