National Adoption Week

Bulbs – Foster Parents Article

At some point in the chaos that was my house renovation, the builder asked me what I wanted to do about lighting in the kitchen. I was adamant that I didn’t want spot lights anywhere. The builder seemed shocked, as if I was suggesting illuminating the room with candles. What did I want instead? I said, “You can put a massive fluorescent strip light in for all I care, I just don’t want spots!” Anyway, there are eleven spots in…

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National Adoption Week: Final Thoughts – Foster Parents Article

I hadn’t intended to blog today. My NAW17 posts were planned for a ‘working week’ only! But today has been such an amalgam of all things adoption that I couldn’t leave it. Elton John sang enthusiastically about ‘The Circle of Life’ as Rafiki held up baby Simba in The Lion King. It’s a memorable image. In adoption, the circle of life can look rather like a drunk spider drew it with a pen in each hand (foot?).The swirly, multi-weave doodle…

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National Adoption Week: Thursday – Foster Parents Article

We all overslept again today. This is getting to be a habit. As we arrived at Birdy’s nursery, she was shoving the last of a shortbread biscuit in her crumb-covered face. Top parenting. Not. She had some milk too. That doesn’t really make it better, I suppose.OB and I managed another morning at the table, mostly; working, mostly. That sentence only works because I completely count building Lego and K’Nex creations as working if you’re six years old. Colouring, and…

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National Adoption Week: Wednesday – Foster Parents Article

Today has been a bump back to reality after last night’s shenanigans at the National Adoption Week awards. We all overslept after our late nights so it was a bit of a rush getting Birdy to nursery on time, and OB was admittedly late for his home ed group. None of that was helped by the fact that I’m the only person in the household who has the faintest concept of the passage of time, or what it might mean…

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National Adoption Week: Tuesday – Foster Parents Article

I know. It’s Wednesday. I’m a bit late posting about Tuesday because I went to London for the National Adoption Week Awards last night as I’d been nominated for Adoption Blog of the Year and didn’t get home until well after midnight.Spoiler alert: I didn’t win! [Insert suitably humble comment here!] So perhaps I was overstating it a bit when I said on Monday that National Adoption Week is basically ‘just another week’ for adoptive families. I admit, I don’t…

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National Adoption Week: Monday – Foster Parents Article

There will be a lot of talk during National Adoption Week; a lot of opinions and perspectives and events. As I wrote recently, talk can be a good thing, and yet for most people living adoption day to day, this week will be just another week.So here is ours. Monday I woke on my own in my bed for the first time in about three weeks. This was refreshing! The morning ran smoothly – Birdy off to nursery, OB with…

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National Adoption Week: Friday – Foster Parents Article

I wanted to end the week on a bang, bringing some insightful, incisive comment to my last blog of our National Adoption Week.Truth is, I’m too tired. Parenting is tiring. Single parenting is tiring. Adoptive parenting is tiring. It’s a triple whammy of tiring. Daily visits to our imminent new arrival have complicated the latter part of the week, and my support network has once again proved outstanding in their kindness and flexibility on our behalf.Today, OB helped me to…

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