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

Getting professionals to listen to you when you need their help is a common battle for adoptive parents. To give your communication the best chance of being heard, try these 7 tips to make your letter or email as powerful as possible.… View Post

I love Pinterest. It’s a self-curated search engine for your own specific interests. Lots of parents use it for craft activities, recipes, or home decor ideas, but Pinterest is also a great place to file all the useful adoption resources you find online so that you can find them again when you need them. Here’s how I use it, and a quick guide to getting you up and running.… View Post

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

The Easter holidays are looming and for many adoptive families that can mean extra dysregulation due to being out of the term-time routines. Enter my free Easter holiday printables to help with predictability and regulation, including a new ‘getting ready’ sheet for nag-free, meltdown-free transitions (we can but try).… View Post