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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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Sorry Is Not About Shame

As an adopter who is also a teacher, I read last week’s blog with interest. It got me thinking about how we can square the needs of the children, the parents and yes, the teachers.

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Say You're Sorry

One of the hardest areas for me as an adoptive parent is to help others understand why saying sorry is not appropriate for our son.  I was very much reminded of this just yesterday.

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Missing Dad

My husband has just come back from four nights away. For many families, there’s nothing unusual in that. Weekends away and work trips are regular occurrences, and many families take them in their stride. It is unusual for us, though. In the four years since the boys came to live with us, I’ve never spent a night away from them, and my husband has only been away twice, each time for two nights. 

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That Niggling Feeling

Here is the last blog of our 'Therapy' series. Trusting your instincts can be very hard to do when you start out in adoption. But, as we go further into our parenthood, we realise that we're usually right. This mother felt that constant demands to play just weren't quite 'normal' - and eventually sought help in family therapy. 

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A Whole Different Story

In the fifth of our 'Therapy' series our blogger recalls heart-breaking hostility from her daughter. When they turned to The Great Behaviour Breakdown, a shift in thinking enabled life-changing shifts in their relationship.

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The Wrong Therapy

The wrong therapeutic intervention doesn't help - and can be dangerous. The writer of our fourth 'Therapy series' blog shares how her home life and relationship with her son was compromised, and gives valuable advice on finding the right approach for your child.

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