Thinking about National Adoption Week 2017 and the fact that there are now a higher number of sibling groups looking for permanent homes. Why we adopted siblings and what I would say to others considering how many children to adopt. Our original thinking around adopting siblings Both my husband and I wanted a large family … More Why adopt siblings #supportadoption
Recently I was asked if I would be prepared to speak to the media to represent the our adoption agency for National Adoption Week. I had no problem with speaking to the media as I do it for my job however, I am worried about the realities of ‘promoting’ adoption as I wouldn’t wish what … More Adoption is not the easy answer to completing your family
Both our children are now in school. Since September they’ve gone into years 1 and 2. Our eldest who is almost seven has struggled through school. He came to to live with us just 4 years old. He had a shit start to life with several ‘carers’ of a type. As a result he has … More Attachment disorder or ADHD/ODD?
I realise I havent posted on my blog for over a year… its been rather manic/eventful/delightful but mainly stressful. Im only able to write this Im up at 4am!? Delightful because the children are forming their own personalities and they are amazing, funny, smart and increasingly loving. Delightful because I love them to bits and … More Three years in to our adoption and how are we fairing?
To cancel out the very negative feelings Im having this morning I thought I would reflect on our first holiday abroad. What a success! We had such an amazing time. I was worried to start with as our 5 year old sapling was awake the night before an early morning flight asking lots of questions … More First holiday abroad – low expectation = success
We feel happiest and most secure with those who have ‘got our back’. This was brought home for me tonight when my five year old adopted son was calling out for me. He is tired and hungry and life is all a bit difficult. He’s calling me in his saddest voice ‘mummy…mummy’, as basically he … More I’ve got your back…is that all that matters?
Step 1 – how many children are you looking to adopt? 2 poss 3 Step 2 – ages? Erm poss one preschool Step 3 – gender? No preference Step 4 – what challenges will you be willing to accept? I have no idea This really is one of the hardest parts of the pre adoption … More When does matching truly begin?
Yesterday DH (dear husband) and I went along for two hours to a reception class at an OFSTED outstanding school. We were in the reception class which is made up of 60 children, two teachers, several teaching assistants and two special needs assistants. It was amazing! There are two classes which split into 30 although … More Experience at an amazing primary school
Lying in bed on a Sunday morning waiting for DH to wake up so thought I’d pen some recent thinking in the Treemendous household. DH has been working every day and away in Scotland since we got the amazing news that we were going through to stage 2. Whilst he has had to temporarily park … More The family section in IKEA becomes the funhouse, no longer the ghost train