Life in the Foster Lane

By Lesia Knudsen

2017, ISBN-13: 978-1545412404, 142 pages, $12.97

After working with teens and their parents for more than 20 years, Lesia Knudsen is sharing what she’s learned along the way in the new book, “Life in the Foster Lane.” A foster parent to children of all ages and kids in the juvenile probation system, Knudsen has created a small book featuring volumes of wisdom. The book dives into the importance of looking at things from a teen’s perspective, especially for those who come from difficult backgrounds and challenging family dynamics. Then Knudsen explores important topics like setting expectations, building trust, dealing with attitude and recognizing race and cultural differences.

“Life in the Foster Lane” is pretty simply written so it’s easily digestible for foster parents on the go. The practical tips will help families meet teens where they are and build solid relationships. A departure from more clinical reads on parenting teens, “Life in the Foster Lane” is a refreshing look at parenting teens from someone who has been doing it for quite some time. Definitely a book foster parents of teens should check out.


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