My husband and I are very involved with many different groups that involve youth. We want to be involved in things our children participate in and we want to help.
One of the things I did not anticipate happening is that we have become a second family for multiple kids. Our kids all have second families too. It’s so nice to know that there is a whole group of people who love our kids as much as we love their kids.
The only thing hard about the situation is when something comes up that involves discipline or some sort of morality decision. It turns out that not everyone – no matter how close you may be – have the exact same morals or opinions that we do. Navigating that situation is always difficult simply because the desire to keep their feelings from being hurt as well as the desire to help the child who needs help are both equally strong.
I don’t think discussing ‘sticky’ subjects will ever become more comfortable. I just wish there was a way to make it fast, painless and easy.