Home ed ponderings, Day by Day

Home Educating Plus – Staying afloat and finding joy with additional needs – May 2022

If you’re reading this as a delegate of the Learn Free conference, 2022, welcome to my blog where I’ve charted our family’s course through many seasons of life. To my much appreciated and loyal regular readers, I’ve somehow found myself, along with my wise and witty friend Sian, to be hosting the additional needs forum… Continue reading Home Educating Plus – Staying afloat and finding joy with additional needs – May 2022

Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Rekindling Joy in the midst of Messy Motherhood – April 2022

I love reading posts by prospective or new adoptive parents; the sense of excitement and almost reverence as they finally get to hold the child they’ve been dreaming of and striving so hard for. I remember it well. However, it’s so easy to lose that sense of wonder as the years pass and we get… Continue reading Rekindling Joy in the midst of Messy Motherhood – April 2022

Adoption reflections, Day by Day

He makes everything beautiful in His time – healing from trauma – February 2022

When I was a child I loved listening to a gentle melody on our cassette player, sung sweetly by a lilting child’s voice with the lyrics “In His time, In His time, He makes all things beautiful in His time”. The words come from the book of Ecclesiastes and have whispered reassurance into my heart… Continue reading He makes everything beautiful in His time – healing from trauma – February 2022

Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Advent and Christmas – December 2021

Advent is nearly ended and the celebrations of Christmas are just around the corner. This month of December can be like a helter-skelter, landing us in a exhausted, yet hopefully happy heap on the eve of Christmas. Our ideal is that it’s filled with delicious smelling foods, much loved traditions, twinkly lights, and sparkly-eyed children.… Continue reading Advent and Christmas – December 2021

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“The kite’s Tale”- A beginner’s marketing journey – Dec 2020

As with so much of life, both the publication and promotion of my first book, has felt like a step out of the boat and onto water. The promotion or marketing of a book is often considered to be harder than the journey to publication; and we have had a pandemic thrown into the mix.… Continue reading “The kite’s Tale”- A beginner’s marketing journey – Dec 2020

Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Resources

“The Kite’s Tale – A book for all

It’s adoption week here in the UK and this is my final post on the “Kite’s Tale” for a while. The last few weeks, surrounding its launch, have been full on and I’m feeling fairly weary. I’m so grateful to all the adoption agencies who have posted information about the book and helped to promote… Continue reading “The Kite’s Tale – A book for all

Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Resources

The Kite’s Tale – The healing nature of family

Adoption is a great option, but nobody has ever said it will be easy. During our training, many years ago, the phrase “parenting plus” was impressed upon us. I think this sums up the additional challenges of parenting children with attachment and trauma issues. As we daily meet those challenges, I’ve spent hours reading and… Continue reading The Kite’s Tale – The healing nature of family

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“The kite’s Tale” A story of adoption

What books spring to mind when you think about adoption? “Anne of Green Gables” for me. When indeed did you last read a story to your children where the main character was adopted? I’m guessing some while ago, if ever, because there are very few books which delve into adoption, While Anne is one of… Continue reading “The kite’s Tale” A story of adoption

Adoption reflections, Day by Day, Home ed ponderings

Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 2 – October 2020

Having written in a previous post about Rhythm Dude’s journey with dyslexia, I’ll now pen a little about Sparkly Eyes’ path so far and then jot down some practical tips I’ve picked up along the way. Sparkly Eyes has a kaleidoscope of behavioural and emotional needs in addition to dyslexia. This adds to the complexities… Continue reading Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 2 – October 2020