Why adoptive families are like the TARDIS

I’ve come to the conclusion that adoptive families are like the TARDIS: bigger on the inside. To an extent that’s part of being human (or Timelord) – but there’s more than average ‘on the inside’ that goes unseen or un-thought-about by those outside adoptive family life. Is that true for your family too?… View Post

6 ways to help an adoptive family in the summer

For many parents, the idea of filling a six-week summer holiday with endless activities, day trips, the library’s summer reading challenge, and new-school-shoe-shopping is enough to make them want to hide under a large beach towel for the duration.  And if you’ve been in the vicinity of an adoptive parent whose child(ren) struggle with end-of-year transitions, you may be aware that they have more holiday apprehension than most. Our children’s… View Post

Five ways to help an adoptive family at Christmas

When thinking of gifts for adoptive parents, remember that they can probably buy their own alcohol and chocolates, welcome as these things are. Clichéd though it sounds, your time and friendship are priceless. Give them a list of dates when you’re free to take them out for coffee and listen to them/look after the kids so they can have some respite/be available to do DIY where the children have broken things. Or give vouchers for ironing/lawnmowing/dinner-delivery/whatever you can offer. You get the idea.… View Post

10 ways to help an adoptive family

Are you an adoptive parent who is struggling to cope but doesn’t know quite how to ask friends and family for help? Or are you someone who wants to know how to support an adoptive family but isn’t sure quite what to say? Help is at hand. Ready? Here are 10 ways to help an adoptive family. This is another one of those embarrassing topics that make everyone feel a bit… View Post

10 easy ways to practise self-care

Self-care is vital – especially for adoptive parents and all those caring for children with additional needs – but it needn’t take up lots of time or cash. Here are 10 easy ways to practise self-care and give yourself a dose of TLC. These ideas won’t change the world, but they’ll give you a dose of sanity for half an hour. 1. Do something differently They say a change is as… View Post