Weekend in focus: the end of half term

In Weekend in focus I review the weekend and look at our therapeutic parenting successes and failures, with the aim of learning something each time. On Saturday things got going slowly. We started with our usual routine of the girls coming in to our room for a cuddle at 7.30, then taking themselves downstairs to watch CBeebies while we have a lie-in. This usually means half an hour or so of… View Post

A bit more about *that* KFC ‘families’ advert

In case you missed me tweeting the life out of it yesterday, I wrote an article for Parentdish about reactions to KFC’s latest TV ad, which features an adoptive family. In the article, I quoted a few disgrunted tweets from people who thought the ad was exploitative and/or oversimplified in its treatment of the issue of adoption and the effects of trauma. Some people thought it suggested KFC was a… View Post

The seven components of self-care, part two: Support

Introduction Welcome to the second in a regular series on self-care. Each Sunday for the next few weeks there’ll be a new blog post about a different aspect of self-care, specifically as it relates to adoptive parenting. I’ll be using the hashtag #sundayselfcare on Twitter and Instagram and would love it if you’d join me. Part one (on sleep) is here, and as the others in the series are posted they’ll be… View Post


The Meadows family: Hannah Writer, Scrabble enthusiast, ironing procrastinator. Likes to say: ‘Be careful!’ and ‘Is it bedtime yet?’ Can be bribed with: Sleep and trips to Starbucks. Pete Charity communications chap, regional TV and local radio geek. Likes to say: ‘I’ve just got five more minutes of tweeting to do first…’ Can be bribed with: Trips to McDonalds. Joanna Six, loves Lego, plays football, wants to be an astronaut/engineer/inventor.… View Post