A HUGE thank you to our March guest Editor,@CraftiKitty, for all her hard work…
It was a real privilege to be chosen as Guest Editor of the Adoption Social for the month of March. Set up by two adoptive parents, separated by hundreds of miles, but united by a common bond, The Adoption Social has become a hub for a virtual community that rely on each other for support and advice at all times of the day and night.
The support provided by this community was something that was repeatedly mentioned during the #Taschat, which focused on survival strategies. Many of us rely on online friends to keep us going, because they ‘just get it’. Alongside the support of our partners, ‘real-life’ friends, wine and chocolate and for some of the more energetic amongst us, exercise, we couldn’t cope without it!
It has been great to hear about other adoptive parent’s coping mechanisms and to share our strategies for getting through the tough times. Survival Strategies was also the theme for the WASO at the beginning of March. I have been asked to choose my Top Three #WASO for the whole month, but I have found this incredibly difficult as I have enjoyed reading everybody’s posts. And so, I’m going to cheat a little bit and choose three from each themed week.
Survival Strategies #WASO Top Three
Many of us probably need to follow Coffee Coloured Sofa’s example and ‘lower the bar’. Her post Schooled by Burger King is a great example of how changing our expectations or adjusting our priorities can lead to a slightly less stress life!
Famelitised is one of the more energetic amongst us, Survival of the Fittest is a great post about the analogy between running and adopting.
And Survive or Thrive by Braveheart offers some brilliant advice, not least, don’t be afraid to ask for help. All I can say is read it!
I particularly enjoyed all the Moments to Treasure posts. It has been fantastic to see so many people sharing their ‘good bits’. As Adoption: The Bear Facts says in her blog Moments to Treasure in March: “I think it’s therapeutic to keep a record of all the little positives and to take the time to reflect upon them. I might do it at the end of every month.” This sums up the reasons why I chose the themes for the month. It is far too easy to get lost in the daily battles and challenges we face parenting traumatised children and forget to focus on the positives. And for adoptive parents the smallest positives can be hugely significant.
Moments to Treasure #WASO Top Three
1.I really did love, I Love… by 2newgirls as it captures the simple pleasures of being a parent.
2. I found My Moment to Treasure by adoption of 2, really touching. It describes how our amazing kids don’t just impact our lives, but also the lives of those around us.
3.And finally it is moments like Dadoptive describes in Daddy, Daddy, Daddy, that epitomise the reason why we do this.
(You may have noticed I’ve sneakily mentioned four bloggers for this theme 🙂
But I have to say the best bit of whole the month has been the #Taspic. From shark hats, to twinkly trees, vacuuming fares, to dogs in slippers and rock climbing to days at the beach (I could go on) they have all #mademesmile.
But my favourite #Taspic has to be this one from @GreenhillOlivia
For many of us this type of moment is rare, but it is definitely one we want to treasure forever!
So that’s me done and I must say, I have enjoyed it immensely. But before I go, I just want to say a huge thank you to Sarah and Vicki for letting me be part of this fantastic site and to everyone else for making it such an interesting month.