Weekend in focus: strops, clocks and bedtimes

Saturday Saturday morning started at a much more human hour than last weekend. Although there was singing at 6.30, I stayed in bed until 8.00 when we decided one of us probably ought to feed the children. Once fed, I employed my new favourite trick – putting them in the bath. They played happily in there for the best part of an hour while I got ready for the day. As is so often… View Post

Adoption, self-care and me: interview with Al Coates

Welcome to another Self-Care Sunday! If you’ve been following along recently, you’ll know that last week was the final instalment of my series The seven components of self-care. (If you missed it, start here.) This week, then, a change of format as I welcome adoptive dad, social worker and all-round Nice Chap Al Coates to my blog. Al blogs here and can be found on Twitter as @nadjasmit. I asked… View Post

Thankful Thursday

Welcome to another Thankful Thursday. This week, I have enjoyed… Reading Responses to my self-care survey, which will help me as I turn my Sunday self-care posts into a book. Thank you so much to everyone who has completed it, shared the link, etc. There are several people who have shared really insightful comments and they are very much appreciated. The survey is still open, so if you’re an adoptive parent… View Post

Weekend in focus: vomit, balloons and a bite on the bum

Saturday The weekend started at 3:25 am on Saturday. Ugh. Pete was off overseas for work for a few days and he was up and out by 3.40. I am rubbish at getting back to sleep after nocturnal disturbances so I drifted in and out of consciousness until about 6.15 when the girls woke up singing, as is their way. Having got us all up and dressed , we then… View Post

The seven components of self-care, part seven: Superfluities

Introduction Welcome to the seventh in my series of the Components of Self-Care. (If you missed the previous parts in the series, the links are below. You can read them in any order.) Each Sunday I blog about a different aspect of self-care. I use the hashtag #sundayselfcare on Twitter and Instagram and would love it if you’d join me. If you’d like to join the conversation on your own blog, you can grab the blog… View Post