5 Tips For Winning at Fatherhood From a Gay Foster Dad
Taylor McGregor, a gay dad through the foster care system, provides 5 tips for other gay men considering becoming a dad through foster care.
Adopted himself, Taylor McGregor, who who recently featured in a family profile, always knew he wanted to become a dad through the foster care system. And since becoming dads, they've learned some insightful (and practical) advice they'd like to share with all future dads:
1. Your life will change big time! No more Sunday brunches in Malibu!
10am brunch changes to 6am brunch! I suggest you get a coffeemaker with a timer!
2. Don't let people pressure or push you into something - it is your family you are trying to grow
California has a lot of children in the Foster Care system - we felt pressure from social workers to take the children, Jack was the third child presented to us, the first two had severe medical problems and we knew as a family we were unable to take that on. Just always reming yourself that it is YOUR FAMILY! (The pictures above were our very first pictures with Jack, the first day we met him!)
3. Always tell your kid(s) you love him / her
"Daddies love you and will ALWAYS love you, Jack!" - said EVERY DAY!!!!
4. Learn how to use Pinterest
I use it for everything, cooking, cleaning, crafts, decorating, DIY house tips. It has taught me so much, especially with a 4 almost 5 year old running around!
5. Never leave home without a package of wipes, sunscreen, and food!
Our Trunk (in both cars): First Aid Kit, Diaper Wipes, Sanitizer Wipes, Sunscreen, Food, (used to have travel potty.) We take our dog, Hedwig with us too so we make sure and have poop bags, dog first aid kit, and a collapsable food/water bowl.