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The Taming Of The Poo

So I'm writing about poo pants. Nice. But actually, in battling this problem for the two years since our daughter came to live with us (she's 6 now), it reflects some bigger lessons I've learnt about adoptive parenting – how our attitude to our children is so influential, the value of fun (yes even with poo!), and needing to see the bigger picture.

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Who's The Daddy?

Our son taught me a valuable lesson in parenting the other day. To be fair, it has been a long time coming, but it left me chastened and realising I was some way short of the parent I thought I’d be.

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Time For Another Change

It’s all going to kick off. I have a new job, which is exciting and scary. It also means that our kids will need to get used to a new carer.

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Mrs Bright Side

Since becoming a mum to our FASD boy, I have become very glass half-empty and people miss the old me. So, for today's challenge I have decided to set myself a task. I have decided to take the most negative points about FASD in our son and his behaviours and turn them into positives... Or at least try. Sit back. Relax and enjoy.

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Hurting or Healing?

The first contact package we received did not go down well with our son, who was very little at the time.  It contained a book his birth mum had made about herself. It was very emotional and, whilst it was her truth, was too dysregulating for a young child. 

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It Reminds You Of Goodbyes

Our adoptee blogger writes for us this week, giving her unique insight into the fears and emotions involved in transition. As the days darken and the leaves fall, what will your child be feeling this Autumn?

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Thankless?

I started a parenting course a couple of weeks ago. It’s run by Social Services in my local area, and I've found it really interesting. It doesn't take into account any form of disability or mental health issues but I'm sticking with it, as I've made some nice connections there. However, a Social Worker made a statement towards to end of a session last week and it's stuck with me. She said that parenting an, "adoptive, tramatised or disabled child is a thankless task."

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You've Got It Easy

Today, I was having a casual chat with another mum at my son’s school and she asked me the details of his diagnosis. I’ve known this woman for a while, we’ve swapped tips and ideas about many things and she’s very open about her daughter’s condition, so I decided to tell her about FASD. Her response was, “Well you’ve got it easy then.”

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New Term, Same Old Story

Every new school year since the eldest started, we have had a meeting with a new SENCo. The new SENCo always tells us that they have no information about the children.

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