It’s been a week since our 8-year-old daughter Charlotte was diagnosed with autism. I’ve been reading about it to try to understand as much as I can. The lightbulb moments keep on coming. Turns out parenting autistic children and therapeutic parenting of adopted children are pretty similar, but there’s still a whole load of stuff to find out about.… View Post

It’s been suggested that sucking lollipops can help with self-regulation, so we’ve been conducting ‘the lollipop experiment’ – providing lollies whenever we think our children have needed help with getting into that ‘just right’ zone of regulation. Here are the results.… View Post

Do your children struggle to settle or wake up before dawn? This has been a struggle for us, and we now have a number of strategies in place. Here are my 7 sleep solutions for adoptive families to get more rest. Which ones have you tried?… 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: After I shared Carrie Grant’s excellent post about the horrors of the school run when your child is different, someone has… View Post

In our house, the start of November brings a strange mix of excitement and concern. Will they or won’t they cope with fireworks this year? Will the children put on their own ‘fireworks display’ as a response to all then bangs and flashes outside? Feeling the love for fireworks I am a big fan of fireworks. So much so that we ended our wedding reception at 6pm so that me… View Post