37 posts in this category
05 January 2017, by We Are Family
A little more time.
My parcel under the tree would be - an extra 4 hours at the end of the day. A gift to my partner, but one that I know I would benefit from too.
04 January 2017, by We Are Family
That would be my Christmas gift for under the tree - if there were no limits and if anything was possible, that is what I would buy our son.
03 January 2017, by We Are Family
My one special present under the Christmas tree would be a mini, pocket sized version of our family therapist. I could then pull her out to consult at those moments when I’m a bit lost as to how to respond to our daughter’s more dysregulated moments, or am just in need a bit of a confidence boost.
02 January 2017, by We Are Family
Under the Christmas tree this year is a new family! Let me explain. As a gay man family has always been a challenge. However, I would like to think I navigated it quite well, until I adopted....
01 January 2017, by We Are Family
It's the first Christmas we have officially been a family of 4. Last year we had a court date in December that we had hoped would finalise the adoption, but a tiny overlooked detail meant that the judge deferred the decision until January. It wasn't what we had hoped for, but he was still with us and as far as we were concerned he was one of us. It just wasn't official yet.
31 December 2016, by We Are Family
As I take stock as the year closes and assess where we are as a family, I feel acutely aware and quite sad about one very particular thing. I can see both our children have made big strides this year in terms of learning new skills - from "school stuff" like vocabulary, reading, writing and (possibly!) arithmetic to their chosen creative and sporting pursuits. But emotionally I feel, for our son, his reality has evolved very little.
30 December 2016, by We Are Family
I don’t have one thing to put under the Christmas tree… I have a few things. I can’t help but be excited for Christmas. I smile and nod when people say it’s for the kids…Raspberry to that! I love it even more that I have children, despite the challenges.
29 December 2016, by We Are Family
I just want sleep. 10 hours. Every night till I feel restored.
Getting enough sleep is the key to me functioning as a parent. I’m grumpy without. For a good couple of hours. Or more.
28 December 2016, by We Are Family
My gift under the tree right now would be for my son to find peace at bedtimes to help him switch his mind off and let his body relax and drift of to sleep feeling safe and with a smile on his little face.
27 December 2016, by We Are Family
A hug from my Dad who we lost three years ago, for you, me and our daughter. That would be joyous.