The children are bouncing off the walls, the relatives are inadvertently contributing to your stress levels, and the presents you bought online still aren’t here, let alone wrapped. You feel like hibernating until January with all the mince pies and chocolates and only emerging once everyone’s back to normal. Or is that just me? The Christmas holidays can be hard for adoptive families. There are strong emotions flowing and so many… 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

Melissa Corkum posted this week about how she is ‘slacking’ as a parent for the sake of her sanity. Also how this is OK because no one is suffering as a consequence and actually it is all completely fine. She’s encouraging others to do the same, and I am very much on board. I love this idea of posting about the stuff we’re not doing, in the name of self-care. So, here’s… View Post

In the next few weeks, I’ll be developing my resources page into a series of pages with content that’s wider-ranging and more useful to adoptive parents. I’ll be creating pages with free printable downloads to make them easier to share with those who support you (and those you would like to provide support). Here’s a taster of a work in progress: a quick guide to the resources that are available… 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: The Playmobil nativity set-as-Advent-calendar is working really well. We are still constructing the stable at the moment and the girls seem… View Post