Not back to school: why we still love home educating

We’re still very happy with our decision to home educate the girls. They’re still saying that they prefer it to school; I’m still relishing not having to do the school run. Here’s why I’m glad we took the plunge.… View Post

Adopters versus professionals: 7 bonkers weeks (and counting)

You’ll have noticed that things have been quiet around here for a few weeks. Things have been a bit bonkers, to be quite honest. We’ve dealt with an exclusion from school, a stressful and frankly insane child protection meeting, all manner of ridiculous allegations from social workers about our ‘refusal to cooperate’, ongoing dealings with SEN about the girls’ EHCPs, and no real support from any of the professionals, including… View Post

The 9 self-care strategies I’m using right now

Our mental health is taking a battering, what with the constant physical and verbal abuse from the children, the lack of support, and having a long-term argument with SEN about the right school for Joanna. Here are the self-care strategies I’m using to fight for my sanity and well-being.… View Post

Navigating Mothers’ Day as an adoptive family

Mothers’ Day is so loaded with expectations. Flowers, chocolates, meals out, cards, well-behaved children letting Mum have a rest… Hmm. That’s not our reality, nor that of many adoptive families. Last year I tried to ignore it entirely. This year I have a different strategy.… View Post

Adoptive families’ mental health: a 9-year-old’s letter to the Royal Family

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