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 aheadContinue reading “Top Ten tips for your First Christmas”

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 resemblingContinue reading “A Whirlwind of Appointments”

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 fromContinue reading “Did they have to share everything?”

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 forContinue reading “FASD (Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder)”

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 andContinue reading “We need to build a motorway (explaining the brain to Sproglet)”

When a school goes above & beyond

At the time of writing this, Sproglet is due to start Secondary School in September. Whether he actually starts full time or on a staggered time table is as yet undecided as a result of the current Covid pandemic. That’s probably a whole other post for another time about the pressure of having a childContinue reading “When a school goes above & beyond”

What’s an Adoption Information Event?

For anyone who has considered whether adoption could be right for them, you will need to make that initial phone call or send that email to your local authority or chosen adoption agency to tell them that you are interested in finding out some more information. They are likely to want some details from youContinue reading “What’s an Adoption Information Event?”

Mum, can I drink coffee?

This was the lament of our 8 year old Gremlin when faced with another day of home learning during the Covid-19 lockdown with teacher mum. I secretly think she prefers teacher dad but he was out at work as a key worker. After composing myself, I realised she was deadly serious and wondered how bestContinue reading “Mum, can I drink coffee?”

An unexpected visitor

The doorbell rang and for a split second I gave serious consideration to not opening the door. Our morning had been a disaster since my parenting partner in crime (affectionately known as dad by our children) had left earlier for work. I had Gremlin determined to grow her teeth as painfully as possible. This meantContinue reading “An unexpected visitor”