In January, our nine-year-old daughter, Joanna, wrote to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry to ask if Heads Together would address the issue of adoptive children’s mental health. On Saturday she had a reply from Kensington Palace. I’d love to know what you think.… View Post

What better self-care is there than sleep? It’s good for your mental health. It’s when your body repairs itself. It’s one of my favourite ways to look after myself. Are you getting enough sleep? How might you benefit from a few more hours? Here some answers and strategies for achieving it.… 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

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

I recently posted a picture on Instagram of a packet of camomile tea, saying that I was trying to take it up because I thought it would be good for me, despite the fact that I currently don’t like tea of any kind. Someone questioned whether it is really self-care if you don’t like it. I have a lot of thoughts about this topic. Not just the tea, but about non-enjoyable self-care. I like cake as much as the next person, but I’m also a big advocate for the stuff that’s often called ‘boring self-care’. Here’s why.… View Post