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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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Freedom

In the third blog of our 'Therapy' series, we are privileged that an adult adoptee is writing for us. Early trauma sows the seeds of low self-esteem before adoptive parents are even on the scene. But how can therapy help, later on?

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Music Lessons

Welcome to the second in our 'Therapy' series. This account of a wonderful music therapist just proves the power of a professional who gives their all.

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Little Conflicts Everywhere

This is the first of our series of blogs about therapy. Over the next weeks we will hear from people who've loved it, hated it, abandoned it and thrived on it. We're starting with The Great Behaviour Breakdown. This is a brilliant account of conflict mounting, mounting... and how GBB therapeutic parenting can turn down the heat.

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It's Not Your Fault

‘I thought my birth mum was dead!’ said our eldest this morning, as we discussed the letter box contact we’d just sent off. We looked at him in amazement. We thought we’d been through this, again and again. ‘How did I get left, if she wasn’t dead?’

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