Thankful Thursday #21

Gratitude is officially good for your mental health. (Harvard says so, so it must be true.) As a self-care practice, it’s great to record things you’re grateful for – big and small. So here’s Thankful Thursday – my list of things I’m grateful for this week.… View Post

Thankful Thursday #20

Gratitude is officially good for your mental health. (Harvard says so, so it must be true.) As a self-care practice, it’s great to record things you’re grateful for – big and small. So here’s Thankful Thursday – my list of things I’m grateful for this week. This week I’m thankful because: We got the tree up before the end of term. I’ve finished my Christmas shopping. We got the cards and presents… View Post

How to handle everyone’s expectations at Christmas

The children are bouncing off the walls, the relatives are inadvertently contributing to your stress levels, and the presents you bought online still aren’t here, let alone wrapped. You feel like hibernating until January with all the mince pies and chocolates and only emerging once everyone’s back to normal. Or is that just me? The Christmas holidays can be hard for adoptive families. There are strong emotions flowing and so many… View Post

Thankful Thursday #19

Gratitude is officially good for your mental health. (Harvard says so, so it must be true.) As a self-care practice, it’s great to record things you’re grateful for – big and small. So here’s Thankful Thursday – my list of things I’m grateful for this week. This week I’m thankful because: Pete finishes work for Christmas tomorrow. This gives us three days of quiet before the children break up. We intend to… View Post

10 ways I am slacking as a parent in the name of self-care

Melissa Corkum posted this week about how she is ‘slacking’ as a parent for the sake of her sanity. Also how this is OK because no one is suffering as a consequence and actually it is all completely fine. She’s encouraging others to do the same, and I am very much on board. I love this idea of posting about the stuff we’re not doing, in the name of self-care. So, here’s… View Post