Neither here nor there: a family update

Not for the first time, our heads are spinning at another round of disappointments and uncertainties. When are we going to get Joanna an appropriate special school place? And which country will it be in? The long-running Meadows family saga continues…… View Post

Review | Me, the Boy, and The Monster

It’s hard to overstate how much I love Me, the Boy and The Monster. It’s one of those books that you just want everyone in your life to experience: family, friends, teachers… they all need a copy!… View Post

Competition | Instant Family

I was recently invited to a preview screening of Instant Family – a film about fostering and adoption. Billed as ‘a feel-good movie for everyone’, I was intrigued. Pete and I have often muttered that our experience as adoptive parents is worthy of a sitcom, but to see an adoptive family on the big screen as light entertainment? Would it ring true? Would I just cry all the way through? Only one way to find out.… View Post

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