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Author: Muyoka Mwarabu

Muyoka Mwarabu lives in Vancouver with her daughter, Ajuna. She works in B2B sales and writes after bedtime.

Before welcoming my first foster teen, I had read books and pamphlets from the social worker on teenagers. The real thing was different.

“You have to get back on the bike as quickly as possible," I told my daughter. "You can’t stay down.” I wondered if I had been following my own advice.

“$20? I want $100!” It was my daughter Ajuna’s 7th birthday party. My sister had graciously given her cash, and here my daughter was, in front of our friends and family, requesting more. I was embarrassed, but more than that, I was concerned