Ceiliúradh a dhéanamh ar Lá Fhéile Pádraig!

Today, we celebrate all things Irish 🇮🇪 and take the time to appreciate the beautiful culture and heritage of Ireland. But have you ever thought about how fostering children aligns with the teachings of Saint Patrick? As a compassionate and kind figure who stood for respect and dignity for all people, it’s likely that Saint Patrick would have supported fostering children. Fostering is a wonderful way to show kindness and compassion to children who may have experienced difficult circumstances and need a safe and loving home.

On this special day, you can let’s celebrate by doing fun activities with your foster children. Dress up in green clothes and accessories, make crafts, cook traditional Irish dishes, and teach them about Irish culture and history. Take them to watch a St. Patrick’s Day parade or set up a treasure hunt with clues that lead to a pot of “gold” or other treats. And don’t forget to dance to some Irish music and learn some traditional Irish dances!

Speaking of traditional Irish dishes, why not try making Colcannon, Irish mashed potatoes with cabbage, with your foster child? Here’s a recipe:

  • Peel and cube 900 grams of potatoes
  • Chop 1/2 head of cabbage (or 1 bunch kale)
  • Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender
  • While the potatoes are boiling, sauté 120g chopped onions in 110g butter until translucent. Add the cabbage or kale and cook until softened.
  • Mash the potatoes with 120ml milk until smooth.
  • Add the onion and cabbage mixture to the mashed potatoes and stir until well combined.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To set the mood, here are five popular songs that are often played during St. Patrick’s Day celebrations: “Danny Boy,” “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling,” “The Wild Rover,” “I’ll Tell Me Ma,” and “Galway Girl.” 🎶🎵

And after dinner, why not enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day themed movie 🎬🍿 with your foster child? Some great choices include “The Luck of the Irish,” “Darby O’Gill and the Little People,” “The Secret of Kells,” “Finnian’s Rainbow,” “Song of the Sea,” and “Leap Year.”

So, let’s celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by teaching our children about Irish culture and history, and having some fun! Whether you’re Irish or not, let’s join in the festivities and appreciate the beauty of Irish culture. Cheers to St. Patrick’s Day! ☘️

Did you know that you have the power to make a real difference in a child or young person’s life? By offering a spare bedroom in a secure and loving home, you can help a child to thrive and reach their full potential. We provide our foster parents with full training and support, as well as a competitive allowance to care for a child. It’s a truly rewarding experience that can make a huge impact on a child’s life.

To find out more and start the assessment process, simply give our friendly team a call on 0333 358 3217 or complete our online form. We’re always here to answer any questions you may have. And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates and inspiring stories about the amazing work our foster parents are doing!