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The Questions #5 A peek into how we do family.

[caption id="attachment_1353" align="alignleft" width="225"]Photo by Lili Gooch Photo by Lili Gooch[/caption]How and when does your child/children wake you in the morning?Our 18 month old sleeps in her own room. We used to wake to her chatting to herself in her cot bed, but more recently she has been less patient or possibly more anxious. In any case, she now tends to cry out for us in the morning. We go to get her up and either get up for breakfast or, if it’s still too early, bring her into our bed for snuggles and sometimes a bit more sleep before we all get up.Why adoption?For us adoption seemed right for a number of reasons. Firstly, as a same sex couple we would not be able to conceive a child naturally and if one of us were to have insemination then we felt this may create an imbalance with the non-biological parent in the couple. Neither of us have ever felt a strong urge to be pregnant or to pass on our genes. We did, however, really want a family and we felt we could love a child who is not biologically ours. With so many children needing a loving home in this country, it seemed a good choice.From start of assessment to bringing your child home how long did the process take?2 yearsHow could it be improved? So many ways!! We had four different social workers and there were a lot of delays and very poor communication from our agency throughout. More coherent management of our ‘case’ would certainly have reduced the delays and reduced our stress.What has been the biggest surprise? I guess how easily we have bonded as a family.How was the assessment process?Fine. Could have been a bit quicker and more coherent but was ok.What's your favourite thing to do together? Explore the outdoors!What makes you and your family laugh?Chasing, tickling, dancing, being silly in general.The best thing about being a parent?Innocence and wonder.The hardest thing about being a parent?Backache!The piece of wisdom you would pass on to a child? Be yourself.What time do you go to bed?Between 10-11pm.

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Ask the Kids #6

As part of National Adoption Week we asked for contributions in the form of a list of questions and answers supplied by our children on the subject of us - their parents.

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Touch Wood

Before I was a parent, in fact well before I’d even met my husband, I only had one proper, if somewhat amorphous, goal: I wanted to be a happy mum, eeking out a living from teaching, writing bits and bobs and selling homemade fudge from an old ice cream van at festivals.

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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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A Journey to Parenthood #1

My partner and I discussed adopting fairly early on in our relationship and talked about how much we would like to do it. We are not religious but I guess we suffer from that middle class, privileged background angst that can drive you in a similar direction. Our adoption assessment was straightforward (our lives were labelled ‘perfect’) and we were matched quickly with our darling boy who was 1 at the time.

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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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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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