It should say enough about our experience of adoption that this blog post was supposed to be titled 'adoption: six months on'. Being around eight months late with everything has become a feature of the past fourteen months. There you go, enough said. We've adopted kids, and now we have no time. Job … [Read more...] about WHAT DOES ADOPTION LOOK LIKE, 14 MONTHS IN?
Parenting is such a challenging role! And there are so many people telling us how we should do it.
I am not one of those people. But I hope that by sharing my own - often highly flawed - experiences, I can offer reassurance and empathy to others going through similar challenges.
This Autumn, many of us will be visiting a primary/elementary school open day or three, trying to fathom where to send our little person next September. We may be wanting to know some good questions to ask while we're there. (If it's secondary school, check out What questions should I ask a … [Read more...] about TOP 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN VISITING A PRIMARY SCHOOL
A couple of years ago, I blogged about our reasons for sending our son, then 4, to a school which had been put in special measures. Two weeks ago, our daughter started at the same school, and I wanted to share with you why, two years on, we have no regrets about this decision. Positive … [Read more...] about WHY I’M (STILL) SENDING MY CHILD TO A SCHOOL IN SPECIAL MEASURES
"Mummy, how do you make a baby?" It's a question we all expect - but I was expecting it later. Certainly not at age 4. >>Talking to our Teenagers about Sex, Relationships and the Bible<< However, I need to explain something about Missy. She is baby-obsessed, and has been for … [Read more...] about THE SEX EDUCATION OF A 4-YEAR-OLD
It's not that I don't love them all. I do - madly. But there are a lot of them. Maybe they seem more numerous because all of them are so very small - of course lots of people cope admirably with 5+ kids, so why should I be complaining at having merely four to raise? The fact that, laid end-to-end, … [Read more...] about #TOOMANYCHILDREN
The time is getting closer - we are preparing to adopt! Later this month, we will meet and bring home our little boys for the first time. This season has got me thinking back to when our birth children were born, and the differences between bringing home a newborn and bringing home an adopted … [Read more...] about 7 WAYS ADOPTION IS DIFFERENT FROM BRINGING HOME A NEWBORN
I'll be honest and tell you that this wasn't my son's first choice for birthday party theme. He's known for picking quirky themes (like a Robot party for his 4th birthday, or his Peter Rabbit 5th birthday party), and this year he decided he wanted a Home Alone party. Of course. Like I'm going to … [Read more...] about MINION-THEMED 6TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
I am no Pinterest-able Super Mum, but I do like a good party - and, ever since I started to blog about my kids' birthday parties, distant friends and families have started to ask what I did for the latest party. So here goes... Traditionally, my kids have been spot-on at picking interesting, … [Read more...] about FROZEN-THEMED 4TH BIRTHDAY PARTY
The pros and cons of stay-at-home parenting are something that's never left my mind since I quit work to have kids six years ago, but recently - perhaps prompted by Shared Parental Leave and associated press articles - I've been working through two particular lines of thought often expressed by … [Read more...] about 2 MYTHS ABOUT STAY-AT-HOME PARENTING