Adoption introductions are daunting for everyone. You’ve finally made it through both approval and matching, and now it all suddenly gets very real. Exactly how much is this little person going to turn your life upside-down? Here are the things we did – and wish we’d done – during adoption introductions.… View Post

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

I’ve come to the conclusion that adoptive families are like the TARDIS: bigger on the inside. To an extent that’s part of being human (or Timelord) – but there’s more than average ‘on the inside’ that goes unseen or un-thought-about by those outside adoptive family life. Is that true for your family too?… View Post

I asked you for your self-care questions, and you shared your particular challenges, particularly around common themes of time, childcare, guilt, and healthy self-care. Here I share some of the solutions that my family use to carve out self-care time and get a break from the craziness of adoptive family life.… 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