It’s Mental Health Awareness Week. To mark the occasion, and because I believe that the mental health of adoptive parents is both (a) critical to the success of adoptive placements and (b) massively overlooked and under-resourced, here are my 10 mental health challenges for adoptive parents. Keep reading below for my five possible solutions, and my rallying call for a new campaign. 10 mental health challenges These are just some of… View Post

How have you found Self-Care Week? I hope it’s been helpful. I’m continuing this series of about the seven components of self-care which I first published in early 2015. I’m using the hashtag #selfcareweek on Twitter and Instagram and would love it if you’d join me. Self-Care Week continues over the weekend and it’s a subject I love talking about. If you missed them, here’s where you can find the previous posts: 1: Sleep 2:… View Post

I wrote this post a couple of years ago for another blog, and someone asked me about it recently, so here it is again. Our family is going through a tough time at the moment (more on that here) and I’ve found it helpful to read this again and remember why we chose to adopt. On being unusual When my husband and I told our assessing social worker that we hadn’t… View Post

Welcome to another Thankful Thursday, this time on a Friday, because I forgot. This week, I have enjoyed… Reading Blue Like Jazz by Don Miller (loved it). I’ve just started Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans (I follow her blog and really enjoyed her previous books). Writing Case studies for my book. Eating Healthily. Back on the Weight Watchers plan after what we’ll call an Easter blip (to the tune of 8.5lbs). Ahem. Watching… View Post

I’ve talked before about how my own self-care is a bit less about posh shower gel and a bit more about trying not to eat an entire jar of Nutella at a single sitting. My perfect self-care scenario involves someone else looking after the children for a weekend, just so I could have prolonged uninterrupted conversations with Pete during daylight hours, maybe go out for lunch, and we could lie… View Post