How to prioritise self-care

I get it. You’re busy and frazzled. Your children have additional needs and require a lot of your time and energy. You have a household to run, school stuff to organise, and work of your own. Frankly, looking after your own needs comes a long way down the list. Prioritise self-care? Not likely. Maybe you think meeting all the other demands on your time is more important than getting a rest. Maybe you… View Post

Review | The Children of Albion

It’s fiction. But for adoptive families and others involved in the lives of looked-after children, it resonates with chilling familiarity. The Children of Albion draws you into the bleak, mixed-up world of children who might be described as ‘on the edge of care’ – experiencing parental neglect, having frequent brushes with the law, pursued by educational welfare officers, and recruited into gangs. It’s not a relaxing read, but it is… View Post

Why you shouldn’t feel guilty about self-care

You can’t meet your child’s needs as well as you would like to if your own system is depleted because you haven’t recharged. Self-care doesn’t only benefit you, it benefits your child because she has a happier, calmer, more engaged parent as a result. … View Post

How to kick-start your self-care in 2019

I want to help you start the year as you mean to go on – with more energy, more support, a positive mindset and a great crowd of other adoptive parents cheering you on.

Sound good? It’s happening over in my Facebook group every day in January and it’s completely free.… View Post

Review: The Very Wobbly Christmas

The Very Wobbly Christmas, the latest book from Sarah Naish, is a (hilariously?) accurate portrayal of the struggles of an adoptive family at Christmas. All the different worries and consequent behaviours of the children are covered with an appropriately light touch, reassuring the children reading/listening that the adults in their life know what is going on for them. I really appreciated the tone of the book – no judgement of… View Post