Finding the Time to Mentor a Foster Child

foster father taking time to mentor his foster daughter
Father and daughter relaxing on a rocky beach by the sea.

Maybe you’re eager to become a mentor to a foster child, but you worry about whether you can fit such an important activity into your busy schedule. The answer may be easier than you think. A little advance planning and minor lifestyle adjustments may be all you need to start making a positive difference.

Many mentors are raising their own children, working at demanding full-time jobs, and juggling other commitments like school work, hobbies, and volunteering in their community. There is a way to pull it all together without becoming overwhelmed or falling behind on your responsibilities. Try these proven strategies:

Share Your Interests

One of the best ways to bond with a foster child you’re mentoring is to invite them to engage in the activities you’re doing anyway. Share your hobbies and leisure interests. You may want to plant vegetables or play basketball together.

Work Less

Spending less time at the office could be a very good thing. Multiple studies show that most people’s productivity peaks at about 36 hours and declines dramatically if you try to work 50 hours or more a week on a regular basis. Taking time off for mentoring or just relaxing could actually make you a better employee.

Turn Off the TV

Do you know what’s draining your time? Try keeping a log for a few days to identify potential changes that could make your leisure hours happier. Maybe you’ll cut back on Netflix or prepare simpler meals so you’ll have more time for mentoring.

Find More Ways to Mentor a Foster Child

If you’re excited about the opportunity to encourage and support a kid who’s going through a challenging transition, contact us. At TFI Kids Fund, we welcome adults who are willing and able to provide friendship and role models for foster children through our mentoring programs.