It’s been an exceptionally hard weekend. Today, after another epic violent meltdown, I wrote this email to our post-adoption support team, outlining both the violence and how we feel about our diminishing ability to cope as the severity increases. It seems nothing is working, the help is always excruciatingly slow in coming, and meanwhile we are in the front line, being pelted with our own shoes. Here’s what I wrote…… View Post

In January, our nine-year-old daughter, Joanna, wrote to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to ask if Heads Together would address the issue of adoptive children’s mental health. On Saturday she had a reply from Kensington Palace. I’d love to know what you think.… View Post

My name is Joanna and I am 9 years old. I was adopted when I was 4 because my first mum and dad couldn’t look after me and did lots of fighting. I still have some memories that make it hard for me to concentrate. I know that you care a lot about children with mental health problems and I wonder if you can help me.… View Post

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

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