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#MeetMe – Kim

Today’s second #MeetMe post is from another reader – Kim:

  • Book – The Explosive Child
  • Music – Sanskrit chants by Kino MacGregor
  • TV programme – Bake Off!!!
  • Food –  Lots of recipes from A Girl Called Jack
  • Pastime – Yoga
    What is your biggest challenge as an adoptive parent?
    Helping school understand and see him for the beautiful boy he is.
    Tea/Gin?
    Tea, been tee total for 2 months, it’s the only way for me to cope with disturbed nights and emotional exhaustion.
    What do you think is your biggest source of support?
    Yoga
    What do you do to take care of yourself?
    Yoga
    When I look into the eyes of my child I see…
    So much love.
    The best thing we did this week…
    Was get to school, every day!
    If you could take your children anywhere in the world to see something where would you go?
    Dharmsala, to meet the exiled Tibetan community there and climb the mountains.
    What I hope I can give to my child/Children?
    Roots
    At the weekend I can mostly be found…
    At our allotment.
    What makes you and/or your family laugh?
    Massive burps or any size of flatulence.

#MeetMe – Jenny

Today’s first #MeetMe post is from adoptive mum, Jenny…

Quick 5 – In my life at the moment….

  • Book –   Saving Danny (Cathy Glass)
  • Music–  Take That
  • TV programme  – Orange is the new black
  • Food – pasta
  • Pastime – Making cake pops

What is your biggest challenge as an adoptive parent?
Trying to meet the needs of all three children at the same time

What do you wish you had known before you adopted your children? 
I wish I had known a lot more about attachment and early trauma. There are so many things I could have put in place during those early weeks/months had I of known more.

Who inspires you?
My children. They have been through more in their short lives than many people do in a lifetime. They inspire me to carry on fighting for support for them, to educate others about adoption, and also to push for changes to the system.

Tea/Gin?
Can I choose wine instead?

What do you think is your biggest source of support?
My parents have been simply amazing in terms of supporting me, but I would not have survived this journey without the support of other adopters. They are the only ones who truly ‘get it’.

What I hope I can give to my child/Children?
Happiness, security and feelings of trust.

At the weekend I can mostly be found…
Curled up on the sofa trying to recover from the previous week!

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesOur monthly round up of all things Adoption Social…

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Back into the swing of things now with the children back to school and routines beginning again? Then come back and join in with the Weekly Adoption Shout Out or #WASO.

Forthcoming themes:
25 September – In ten years time…
9 October – I swear
23 October – Smile

#TASPIC
We love seeing your #TASPIC images – it’s nice just to share an image sometimes without having to find any words. So this month our theme is #whatsonmyplate. Come and share your own #TASPIC images either on your blog, Instagram or Twitter.
News of next months theme soon, but the latest round up can be found here.

National Adoption Week
Taking place in October, The Adoption Social plans to support The Open Nest’s conference ‘Adopted Voices’ as part of National Adoption Week. This conference supports adoptees, rather than sticking to the usual National Adoption Week ‘adopter recruitment drive’.
As part of that, we’ll be inviting guest posts from adopted people. We have a few guest posts lined up already for the week, but we want even more! So if you would like to write during that week, please email us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

TASchats
We’re really enjoying the #TASchats that we’ve hosted so far. These are usually themed Twitter chats, where, using a hashtag (i.e #TASchat) you can take part in a conversation with other tweeters. We usually pose questions throughout an hour, and invite your responses. Along with a #TASchat on the adoption support fund, we usually host these chats during our Adoption Sore Points weeks where we focus on a specific issue for a whole week. However, we’ve enjoyed these so much we’ve decided to make them a regular feature outside of Adoption Sore Points too. For more information on the themes and dates, check out this post.

#MeetMe
Wow what a great response we’ve had to our new #MeetMe initiative. We’ve loved receiving responses from you all and will be posting these over the coming weeks. Last week we published the first two – from @TreemendousKids and @BuildingAFamily. If you’d like to take part too, here are the questions, just email them to us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com.

Some posts you might have missed:

Some round-ups of the recent camp held at The Open Nest’s campsite near Whitby. Here are the first, second and third posts.

A quick tutorial on how to add a tweet to a linky. Useful for those of you without blogs, but still want to join in.

An honest and moving post from birth mum Millie.

#MeetMe – @Treemendouskids

Also today, #Meetme from another blogger and tweeter @treemendouskids

Quick 5 – In my life at the moment….

  • Book –  Us, David Nicholls
  • Music– In the car I go between listening to Rudimental and Nursery rhymes!
  • TV programme – Topsy & Tim
  • Food – Venison roast – My Husband works for the Forestry Commission so we get it cheap!
  • Pastime – tennis – without this I would go insane
  1. What is your biggest challenge as an adoptive parent?  Feeling so tired a lot of the time which means I’m impatient with the children and PLACE goes out of the window.
  2. Who inspires you? Our other adoptive friends
  3. What is the best or most memorable piece of advice you have ever received? ‘ Its ok to get cross, you’re not perfect’ – You might not print this, but it honestly took the pressure off trying to be perfect which was my biggest issue
  4. The best thing we did this week was…. don our wellies and waterproofs and play in a stream in the woods
  5.  At the weekend I can mostly be found…trying to find an opportunity to catch up on sleep

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#MeetMe – @buildingafamily

Our first #MeetMe is from our twitter friend and blogger @buildingafamily
Quick 5
Book – Sally Donovan A-Z of adoptive parenting (I’ve been reading it in chunks for a while).
Music– Fleetwood Mac
TV programme– Suits.
Food- Blackberry and Apple Crumble
Pastime – sleep!
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What is your biggest challenge as an adoptive parent? Other peoples presumption and expectations.
What do you wish you had known before you adopted your children? More about their history and life before they came into care to help us better prepare.
Tea/Gin? Both at the same time.
What do you think is your biggest source of support? Twitter.
What do you do to take care of yourself? Spend some time by myself watching rubbish on TV or doing some mindfulness things.
What is the best or most memorable piece of advice you have ever received? It is ok to take some steps back to enable you to move forward I.e. Dressing and feeding a 3 year old.
My perfect adoption support would include… someone to talk to and provide life story work close to home.
When I look into the eyes of my child I see.. Excitement about the future.
The best thing we did this week was…. Cuddle on the sofa which both boys on my lap and they stroked my hands,
What I hope I can give to my child/Children? Love and stability.
 At the weekend I can mostly be found… at the beach.
 What makes you and/or your family laugh? Our dance moves.