Foster Parent Well

Nicole T Barlow

Jump into "Foster Parent Well with Nicole T Barlow," where the adventure of Christian foster and adoptive parenting gets a little easier, a lot more joyful, and deeply fulfilling. Nicole's here with a mission: to guide you in parenting with a heart full of steadfast faith, unshakable endurance, and infectious joy.

This podcast is your cozy nook in the vast world of parenting, blending laughs, learning, and lots of love. It’s where self-care meets faith-filled encouragement, and mindset shifts help you navigate the rollercoaster of fostering and adopting. For every parent out there looking to refill their emotional and spiritual tanks, Nicole's got you covered with stories, tips, and expert advice that speak directly to the soul of a Christian foster or adoptive parent.

With "Foster Parent Well," it's like sitting down with a good friend who gets it—the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Nicole dives into the unique challenges and beautiful moments of parenting children with trauma, all while reminding you that taking time for yourself isn't just nice; it's essential for providing the stable, loving home these kiddos need.

So, why not make this journey together? Join Nicole and a vibrant community of faith-driven parents, all dedicated to transforming their lives and the lives of their foster and adopted children. Tune into "Foster Parent Well with Nicole T Barlow" for your weekly dose of encouragement, laughter, and wisdom. Hit subscribe, and let's start fostering and adopting with faith, endurance, and a joy that lights up the room.


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Episodes

Calm in the Eye of the Storm: Strategies for Foster and Adoptive Parents
6d ago
Calm in the Eye of the Storm: Strategies for Foster and Adoptive Parents
Send us a Text Message.Navigating the stormy waters of foster and adoptive parenting with grace and strength is no small feat. Join me, Nicole T Barlow, as I share  experience as a mother of six, the transformative power of maintaining calm and regulation in the face of our children's trauma-induced turmoil.  I will give you seven key strategies  to a way to keep a sense of calm that is essential for guiding our children towards emotional balance and healing.The landscape of parenting is dotted with unpredictable challenges, and it's essential to have an arsenal of tools to stay anchored. In this episode, I reveal the unsuspected efficacy of sensory techniques and small indulgences, like cold water splashes and dark chocolate almonds, to redirect our stressed minds and soothe our anxious hearts. Through personal stories and relatable insights, I'll show you how to embrace the detective role in understanding your child's needs and not take their emotional eruptions personally. With a special emphasis on the support of therapy and the embrace of community, we'll recognize the indispensable role of faith in weathering the storms within our homes, and the profound beauty in modeling repair and forgiveness for the little ones we hold dear.Mentioned in this episode:America’s Kids Belong-https://americaskidsbelong.org/ Sound of Hope: The Story of Possum Trot- https://www.angel.com/tickets/sound-of-hope-the-story-of-possum-trot?utm_source=google-ads&gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw6auyBhDzARIsALIo6v-pbSyIWw5f4eP5-5pPwqCfXTtN42wS0DzN3IOJsV05txrTlhDuvK4aAsq6EALw_wcBNicole’s 6 Week Coaching program-https://www.fasterwaycoach.com/?aid=nicolebarlow Connect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/
Letting Go of Control: Finding Strength and Security in Foster Care and Adoption
Apr 30 2024
Letting Go of Control: Finding Strength and Security in Foster Care and Adoption
Send us a Text Message.Struggling to steer through the unpredictable journey of foster care and adoption, I've often grappled with the need to keep a tight grip on every turn and decision. It's a road marked by both yearning and anxiety, where the desire for control often feels like the only seatbelt we have. Throughout our deeply personal conversation, I open up about how this quest for control mirrors the behavior of our children, who seek their own sense of power in response to fear. Yet, as we navigate these high-speed twists and turns, we're reminded that true safety and security come from the hands of a trusted parent. This episode is an invitation to embrace the passenger seat, to lean into the trust we must place in a higher plan—a theme underscored by the poignant lessons of 1 Peter 5:7 and the book of Habakkuk.For those who walk the path of foster care and adoption, I offer a heartfelt prayer in this episode, asking for the strength and peace that come from surrendering to a plan beyond our own. It's a moment of connection, where I call for guidance and solace under God's watchful presence. We explore the significance of prayer in providing a sense of reassurance and safety amidst the tumultuous care for these precious lives. Listeners are encouraged to join in this communal reflection, to find solace, and to parent with unwavering faith, patience, and joy. This episode is not just a discussion, it is a shared journey toward trusting in a plan greater than our own, and it's an honor to have you along for the ride.Connect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/
When We Face Trauma as Caregivers: Working on Wellness with Stefanie Armstrong
Apr 16 2024
When We Face Trauma as Caregivers: Working on Wellness with Stefanie Armstrong
Send us a Text Message.Discover the transformative power of nurturing both mind and body as Stefanie Armstrong, a respected mental health therapist and health coach, joins us to unravel the complex tapestry of parenting within the foster care and adoption. Together, we explore the profound ways in which wellness practices can anchor parents amidst the turbulent waters of raising children with traumatic histories. Stefanie reveals how prioritizing self-care isn't a luxury, but a necessity for those seeking to create a stable and loving environment for these vulnerable young souls. Our discussion underscores the essential role of nutrition and self-awareness, providing a beacon of hope and strategy for those navigating this noble journey.Feel the strength of solidarity as we shed light on the critical role a supportive community plays in the lives of foster and adoptive parents. Gone are the days of facing adversity in isolation; we share the importance of forging connections that uplift and empower through the toughest of times. Parenting a child affected by trauma is not a path you should walk alone, and we're here to tell you how finding your tribe can transform both your experience and the healing process of your child. From integrating parents into therapy sessions to cherishing the shared experiences that only a community can provide, we lay out the blueprint for a network of support that's robust and ready to rally when you need it most.Cap off your listening experience with a conversation on the art of patience and healthy habit formation. Stefanie and I break down the journey to wellness into bite-sized, achievable milestones, focusing on the beauty of self-compassion and the acknowledgment of every small victory. By shaping a balanced lifestyle tailored to your unique needs, we emphasize the importance of celebrating progress without comparison, nurturing your nervous system, and cultivating sustainable practices that foster long-term well-being. This episode is your invitation to embrace patience and joy in your great work, fortified by the understanding that true health is a personal and incremental triumph.Stefanie Armstrong, LIMHP:Instagram: @stefijo.strong_wholenessFacebook: Stefi Jo Armstrong Website: www.thecordco.comCoaching Group with Nicole:https://www.fasterwaycoach.com/?aid=nicolebarlowConnect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/
Strong Marriages for Parents in Foster Care and Adoption
Apr 9 2024
Strong Marriages for Parents in Foster Care and Adoption
Send us a Text Message.Have you ever wondered how the strength of a marriage can be the bedrock for a nurturing family environment? Join me, Nicole T. Barlow, as I convene with the remarkable Jennifer Haines, who brings to the table a wealth of experience in blending biological and adoptive children into a harmonious family unit. We navigate the complexities of marriage and parenting, shedding light on how faith and understanding of one another's strengths are instrumental in creating a joyful home, especially for children who have faced adversity.In our heartfelt discussion, Jennifer and I unpack the value of carving out time for your partner amidst the whirlwind of parenting. It's not just about the occasional date night; it's about fostering that deep connection that keeps a marriage vibrant and strong. We dissect the practice of speaking your spouse's love language and how this can elevate the sense of appreciation and love in a relationship. This isn't merely about the romance; it's about forming an unwavering alliance that becomes the backbone for supporting children through the traumas they may carry with them.This episode culminates with a look into the profound impact of gratitude and open lines of communication on a couple's journey through fostering and adoption. We emphasize the delicate dance of balancing each other's strengths and weaknesses and how this dynamic can stabilize a family. As a final note, we touch upon the support systems and communities vital for foster care, and we wrap our conversation with a prayer inspired by Jesus's love—a prayer that underlines the essence of our dialogue: the aspiration for strength and love in all our marital and familial bonds. Join us in this enlightening exploration with Jennifer Haines that promises to resonate deeply with parents navigating the beautiful, yet challenging path of raising a family.Connect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/
Tackling Stress in Foster Care & Adoption and Finding Time for Self Care
Apr 2 2024
Tackling Stress in Foster Care & Adoption and Finding Time for Self Care
Send us a Text Message.Struggling with stress is a familiar battle for many of us, but when you add the unique pressures of foster care and adoption into the mix, the weight can feel unbearable. That's why it's critical to prioritize self-care, not as an indulgence but as a vital necessity. Join me, Nicole T Barlow, as we unpack the reality of stress in the lives of foster and adoptive parents and explore practical strategies to manage it effectively. I open up about my personal experiences with stress-induced health issues and offer insights into the biochemical nature of stress, emphasizing why it's essential to be proactive about our well-being for the sake of ourselves and the children in our care.Embarking on each day with intentionality can transform our mindset and our ability to cope with the challenges that come our way. This episode dives into the heart of spiritual practices and daily routines that have personally grounded me, such as scripture and prayer, and how they can offer peace and perspective in the midst of chaos. We'll discuss the benefits of physical activity, the power of nutritious food, and the art of setting boundaries to safeguard our emotional space. Through these strategies, we can fortify ourselves, becoming the stable, loving parents our children need while honoring the divine appointment of our parenting role.In our journey as parents, it's easy to overlook the subtle stressors that infiltrate our lives, from household products to food choices. This episode shines a light on making intentional adjustments in these areas, the positive influence of less toxic living, and the significance of nurturing supportive communities. I also guide you through a prayer for strength and balance, inviting divine assistance to help us navigate parenting's challenges. As we wrap up, I hope you'll feel empowered to make self-care a priority and experience the divine support that comes from managing stress with grace and wisdom.Clean Coffee: https://puritycoffee.com/collections/whole-bean-coffee/products/balance-whole-bean-coffeeSkincare and Makeup: https://www.beautycounter.com/en-us/?utmi_cp=717351Online Coaching Community for Foster & Adoptive Parents:  https://reclaimcompassion.com/coaching?oprid=238&ref=519Get My Newsletter:  https://nicoletbarlow.myflodesk.com/fosterparentwellnewsletterConnect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/
Embracing the Call: Faith's Role in Transforming Foster and Adoptive Parenthood
Mar 26 2024
Embracing the Call: Faith's Role in Transforming Foster and Adoptive Parenthood
Send us a Text Message.Embark on an extraordinary exploration of faith, resilience, and the transformative power of fostering and adoption with our special guest Mandie Summers. As a full-time missionary with the Jesus Film Project and a seasoned foster and adoptive parent, Mandie illuminates her journey and the pivotal role spirituality plays in navigating the complexities of caring for children with traumatic histories. Guided by her experience and the support of  a private Christian foster agency, this episode unravels the threads of divine strength that bind together a family walking this path.With each child welcomed into her home, Mandie has discovered the profound impact of incorporating spiritual practices into the daily grind. She shares the lifelines that have sustained her family—from enveloping their home in worship music to fusing scripture with physical activity. Our conversation does not shy away from the real struggles and doubts that can surface amidst systemic injustices, yet we also celebrate the profound moments of trust in God's timing and providence, drawing inspiration from biblical narratives that resonate with our experiences as foster and adoptive parents.This episode is more than a sharing of stories; it's an outstretched hand to those in the foster and adoptive community seeking solidarity and understanding. I open up about my own fostering and adoption experiences, affirming their unparalleled richness and the indelible impact on our lives. We leave you with a message of courage and an invitation to join a supportive community that cherishes the sanctity of this divine calling. Together, we offer a prayer for the strength that only faith can foster, sealing our shared commitment to nurture and guide the lives entrusted to us.For more information on Mandie and Jason's missionary journey and how to support them: https://give.cru.org/0578940Foster Parent Well Facebook Community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/fosterparentwellcommunityConnect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/
The Unseen Journey: Shifting the Hero Narrative in Foster and Adoption
Mar 19 2024
The Unseen Journey: Shifting the Hero Narrative in Foster and Adoption
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to another episode of Foster Parent Well with Nicole T. Barlow. Today, we're diving deep with our special guest, Jennifer Haines, into the often-misunderstood narrative of foster and adoptive parenting. This episode, titled "The Unseen Journey: Shifting the Hero Narrative in Foster and Adoption," challenges the notion that foster and adoptive parents need to be heroes in their children's stories. Jennifer and Nicole share personal anecdotes and insights, unraveling the pressure and unrealistic expectations that society places on foster and adoptive parents. They discuss the importance of humility, vulnerability, and the collective effort it takes to support children in the foster care system. Our conversation explores the idea that being a parent—foster or adoptive—is not about standing on a pedestal but walking alongside children as they navigate their own stories.This episode is not just a discussion; it's a call to embrace the beauty in the everyday moments of parenting, acknowledging our limitations, and the strength found in community support. We delve into the significance of letting go of the hero complex and focusing on being present, supportive, and loving figures in our children's lives.If this conversation resonates with you, we'd love for you to share it with others who might find comfort and solidarity in our words. Your shares and reviews not only mean the world to us but also help spread this important message to more foster and adoptive parents out there.Don't forget to leave us a review on your favorite podcast platform. Your feedback helps us grow and continue to bring meaningful content your way.And for those looking to connect, share, and find a supportive community, join us over at the Foster Parent Well Community on Facebook. It's a space filled with like-minded individuals who understand the journey you're on. Let's continue the conversation and support each other in this beautiful, challenging, and rewarding path of foster and adoptive parenting.https://www.facebook.com/groups/fosterparentwellcommunityTune in, get cozy, and let's redefine what it means to be a foster and adoptive parent together. Welcome to the family!Connect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/
Opening Doors, Opening Hearts- The need for more foster homes affects us all
Mar 19 2024
Opening Doors, Opening Hearts- The need for more foster homes affects us all
Send us a Text Message.Hey there, Foster Parent Well family! It's Nicole T Barlow here, and in this heart-to-heart episode, we're diving into a topic that's close to my heart and, I believe, crucial for our community: the need for more Christian foster and adoptive homes. It's just you and me today, and I'm eager to share some thoughts, stories, and maybe a little bit of inspiration along the way.We all know the journey of foster care and adoption is filled with its ups and downs. It’s a path of incredible love, sometimes heartbreak, but always profound impact. Today, I want to talk about why we need more amazing families to step into the world of fostering and adoption, and equally important, how we can stand alongside and support the incredible families already doing this vital work.I'll share some of my own experiences and the lessons learned along the way. We'll also delve into how our faith can inspire and sustain us through the challenges and blessings of fostering and adoption. From the little moments of joy to the tough days that test our strength, every part of this journey can be a reflection of God's love and purpose for us and the children we welcome into our homes.But this episode isn't just for those who've already opened their doors. It's also for anyone who's ever thought, "Maybe I could do that too," or wondered how they can support foster and adoptive families in their community. There's a role for everyone to play, and sometimes, it starts with simply understanding the journey.So, grab your favorite cup of coffee, get comfy, and let's chat. It's about opening our doors, yes, but even more so, it's about opening our hearts to the possibilities and the children who need us. Together, we can make a world of difference, one child, one family at a time. Let's dive in and explore how we can all foster parent well.Get my newsletter! https://nicoletbarlow.myflodesk.com/fosterparentwellnewsletter Connect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/
Foster Parent Well Trailer
Feb 20 2024
Foster Parent Well Trailer
Send us a Text Message.Welcome to the Foster Parent Well Podcast Trailer with host, Nicole T Barlow– your gateway to a journey of endurance, resilience, and faith-filled parenting for foster and adoptive moms. Nicole invites you to delve into a series dedicated to empowering you to become the best version of yourself, enabling you to provide a loving and stable environment for children with trauma.In this trailer, Nicole introduces the themes and heart behind 'Foster Parent Well,' offering a glimpse into how each episode will support you through the unique challenges of foster care and adoption. Learn how to enhance your well-being, cultivate a positive mindset, and draw strength from your faith, all crucial elements in caring for children who have experienced trauma and serving as their steady support.Discover practical advice and heartfelt encouragement tailored for foster and adoptive parents. Whether you're looking for ways to build resilience in adoptive parenting, seeking self-care for foster parents, or needing faith and fostering inspiration, this podcast is your resource.Tune into the Foster Parent Well Podcast Trailer today and join a community of moms on a mission to parent well with endurance and joy. Subscribe now and embark on a transformative journey of caring for yourself so that you can care for others.Connect with me on Instagram: @Fosterparentwell @nicoletbarlow https://www.instagram.com/nicoletbarlow/Website: https://nicoletbarlow.com/