Review | Ellie Jelly and the Massive Mum Meltdown

Which of us, despite our best therapeutic parenting intentions, hasn’t occasionally (or more than occasionally) lost the plot with our children when things have all gone pear-shaped? Ellie Jelly and the Massive Mum Meltdown is ‘a story about when parents lose their temper and want to put things right’. Read my review.… View Post

Review: Confessions of an Adoptive Parent

This book is ideal for Christian adoptive parents who have found themselves, and maybe their faith, battered by the demands of parenting their children and fighting to get the support they need. Mike Berry writes as someone who lives it all too, knows how soul-destroying it can be, and has some tried and tested survival strategies to share. I had laughed and cried with recognition at the stories being shared within the first three pages. It is so authentic and raw and heartfelt that I loved it immediately.… View Post

5 easy ways to help an adoptive family at Christmas

You know an adoptive family. Maybe they’re a part of your extended family. Perhaps they’re your friends or neighbours. You want to help, but you’re worried about doing the wrong thing and putting your foot in it. But unless the adoptive family in question is quite unusual, they are likely to be delighted with any expression of desire to help out. So go for it. With just a few adoption-friendly… View Post

Let’s talk about YOUR self-care

I’ve talked before about how my own self-care is a bit less about posh shower gel and a bit more about trying not to eat an entire jar of Nutella at a single sitting. My perfect self-care scenario involves someone else looking after the children for a weekend, just so I can hear myself think, have prolonged uninterrupted conversations with Pete during daylight hours, maybe go for a walk in the… View Post

Advice for prospective adopters

I’m an adoptive parent who is quite vocal on the subject. So every now and then I’m approached by friends, or friends of friends, asking about my advice for prospective adopters as they are starting the process. I’m always happy to talk adoption, don’t claim to have all the answers, but do have a few pieces of advice. I wish I’d had this stuff drummed into me when we started the… View Post