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Top Ten tips for your First Christmas

Well the craziness has well and truly descended on our home and the run up to Christmas seems to be busier that ever with school discos, school Christmas dinners, sleepovers, Christmas shopping, adoption training and life in general. I’ve recently been supporting some families with children newly placed with them and they are looking ahead…

Is it broken?

In spite of having what I believe are sometimes the world’s clumsiest kids, I have to confess that in our almost 9 years of parenting we have been VERY fortunate to avoid any really serious injuries. For that, I regularly thank God as my biggest irrational fear in life involves Doctors, Dentists and anyone in…

A Whirlwind of Appointments

Like many parents this year has been nothing short of living in the eye of the storm or riding a rollercoaster that you just want to get off so everything can just calm down for a while. We have had the drama of home learning, followed by the return to school but not really resembling…

A Year Ago TODAY!

As I logged in to the blog today, I couldn’t help but notice how many started attempts I have had at blog entries that are all still sitting in draft form. Some are almost at the point of completion, others are half written and then seemingly abandoned, and some are little more than a heading…

Sometimes it’s just the little things

I need to start by saying that this post isn’t so much about adoption other than the way it made me realise again how much we need the support of others at different times in our parenting. The Gremlin came home from school yesterday evening really excited that the following day the poppy resources for…

It’s National Adoption Week 2020

So this week in the UK it is National Adoption Week. I always take the time to feature it on my Facebook and this is the first year that I also have a blog, so I will feature it here. Adoption is such a personal journey for many people but it is more than possible…

Did they have to share everything?

Like many thousands of other children right across the UK, our kids have recently gone back to school after a prolonged period of home learning due to Covid-19. We were inundated with emails and letters from the school explaining the different procedures that would be in place to ensure the safety of our kids from…

FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)

I realise that this issue will not affect every adopter but it is a disability that is very close to my own heart. September 9th is recognised as international FASD day and the date was chosen to represent the 9 months that a baby is developing in the womb. According to the National Organisation for…

We need to build a motorway (explaining the brain to Sproglet)

Let me start this post by clearly pointing out that I am not a neuroscientist or specialist and there are a million professionals (well possibly not that many but you get my drift) who have written countless books on the subject. I am not going to even attempt to use all the official terms and…

Most treasured items?

So having moved house in the last year, we are still regularly moving things around until we are happy with where we have placed everything in our new home. Although we did the big clear out with countless bags being donated to local charity shops or being disposed of (responsibly of course lol!) before we…

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