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

This book is ideal for Christian adoptive parents who have found themselves, and maybe their faith, battered by the demands of parenting their children and fighting to get the support they need. Mike Berry writes as someone who lives it all too, knows how soul-destroying it can be, and has some tried and tested survival strategies to share. I had laughed and cried with recognition at the stories being shared within the first three pages. It is so authentic and raw and heartfelt that I loved it immediately.… View Post

Many adoptive families experiencing child-to-parent violence (CPV) speak in glowing terms about Non-Violent Resistance (NVR). Words such as ‘life-changing’ are used – which certainly got my attention. I asked NVR trainer and adoptive mum Sarah Fisher to tell me more.… View Post

It’s time for #mentalhealth and #adoption charities to talk about how they can work together to address adoptive families’ mental health. #TimetoTalk… View Post