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#Taspic Review – and a new Challange

Well did I put a jinx on summer with lasts months #summerishere, probably.

However some of you still found thinks ironic or not to snap and share. Firstly here’s our Top #Taspic, a true summertimes scene from @Adventuring5.

summerishere top taspic

And here is some of our other favourites.

summerishere collage

So to next month, I don’t want to jinx the weather for July so lets try something simple like #beautiful  and don’t forget to hashtag #taspic too to help us find your picture.

 

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesIt’s that time – it’s our monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Loving your posts these last few weeks – thanks so much for joining in. Do you know any other adoption bloggers who don’t link up? If so, why not suggest they join in too…
Themes for July are:
8th July – Moving on upAProblemSharedrequest
22nd July – 6 weeks

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With the month almost over it’ll soon be time for our round-up and new theme. You’ve got just a few days to post your #summerishere #taspic images on social media before we’ll (me included) find out what the next theme will be.

Summer holidays
The summer holidays are almost here. We’re aware this can be a challenging and difficult time
for some families as we settle into a different routine, learn to be around each other 24/7 again and have to battle with boredom. If you need any help PLEASE reach out…via email, Twitter, your blog, Facebook – whatever works for you. Remember we know what it can be like, we’re living it too. We’ll do our best to listen and support you and will also look forward to celebrating the good days too. We are all part of an amazing community and I know there will be someone online when you need them with a listening ear and a virtual hug.

Posts you might have missed:

We met Laura and Diego in our latest Meet The Blogger post.

Adoption UK announced it’s new magazine editor, someone you may have heard of…

Just yesterday we had a guest post about the Fagus project.

We shared a review of the Billy Says books by Joanne Alper.

#Taspic – A review and a new challenge

Here again to review the pictures from the last month.

Thanks for taking part and showing off with our #Hashtag #Lookatme. I think this picture from our own @boysbehaviour deserves a bit of showing off and the accolade of our #TopPic

Dollops birthday cake for her party today. Pleased as never iced in this style before. #dollopisnowsix #vegan #taspic #lookatme

Dollops birthday cake for her party today. Pleased as never iced in this style before. #dollopisnowsix #vegan #taspic #lookatme

So how did the rest of you do with a little bit of showing off…..

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Thanks again for getting involved and I’d love to see your pictures in June with the hashtag #summerishere. So get snapping and have fun.

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesYes, it’s time for your regular round-up of news from the world of The Adoption Social…

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Still going strong but we have to apologise for not sharing as many posts recently – we’ve both been a bit bogged down with family life, but hope to get back to sharing again soon. We really appreciate when you, as readers and supporters, share posts you find on #WASO so please keep doing that…
Themes for the next month are:
10 June – If I had 5 minutes peace…
24 June – My bucket list

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During May we’ve been using the theme #LookAtMe and we’ve seen a few achievements there. We’ll be rounding up tomorrow and giving you the next theme. I can’t wait to see what it’s going13323818_1141227962595894_5132127242587791783_o to be can you? Keep snapping those pics and sharing them with the #taspic.

Meet The Blogger
It’s been a little while since we’ve shared any Meet The Blogger posts, but we know there are a few new bloggers out there that we don’t know much about.
If that’s you, then email us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com to get our interview questions so we can learn a bit more about you. You can check out previous Meet The Blogger posts here if you want to find out about other bloggers.

The Open Nest conference
The next conference from The Open Nest is fast approaching. Taking place in York in July, further information is in the advert over there —–>
Don’t forget to book!

Posts you may have missed…

After the sad loss of Gareth Marr, we shared this post.

A reader asks for help on preparing her eldest to adopt again.

This review looks at a yoga book to help children feel positive.

An adoptive dad wrote a post about the ups and downs of adoptive parenting.

A new self harm workshop is available from Inspired Foundations.

 

#Taspic for May.

So after a brief break, #Taspic is back…….

With Spring in the air and I thought it would be fun to show off a bit. Yes lets shout about the big and little things we can do or that our family/pets can do. So adopt those smug faces and share your shots with the #lookatme #Taspic.

So touch your nose with your tongue, show off about those lazy moments you are treating yourself with, climb a tree or maybe let one of your children do that, or stand on your head, or cook up a storm in your kitchen or maybe paint a picture. your dog may be able to do a trick or is your cat super lazy? See if you can make a video and not just a photo of your amazing self/child/animal.

And here’s one I made earlier.

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A Round-up from our March Guest Editor

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.

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But my favourite #Taspic has to be this one from @GreenhillOlivia

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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.

 

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimes

Yes, it’s time for your regular round-up of news from the world of The Adoption Social…

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
It’s great to see so many of you joining in with #WASO – even through the Easter Holidays when you’re bound to have been busier, and throughout our own break and quietness on social media – so a big thank you.
We’ve got a themed week this week, and here’s a heads up on forthcoming themes too:
15 April – Finding inspiration
29 April – Unexpected support
13 May – This week I…

We’ll be publishing our Top 3 WASO very soon – make sure you check to see if you’re included.

Guest editor
Throughout March we were pleased to welcome @craftikitty as our guest editor. Sadly, due to our unscheduled Easter break, we weren’t able to publish as much as we’d hoped from @craftikitty, but we’re pleased to have had her input into themes during the month and we’re looking forward to having another guest editor in future.

TASpic
Our TASpic theme was picked by @craftikitty this month, and she chose #mademesmile. We’ll have a round-up of the pictures very soon, and we’ll announce the next theme shortly too. Don’t forget to get involved – just share your photos on Twitter, your blog, Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #taspic and the theme of the moment.

#TASchat
Fancy another #TASchat?
Well, get 28th April in your diary, 9pm GMT on Twitter. Given that our #WASO theme that week is ‘Unexpected Support’ that’ll also be the theme for the chat. So have a think about where you get unexpected support? Why was it so unexpected?

We still want your feedback
We know we’ve been a little quiet recently with illness and family taking over our time. But we’re back, and we’re looking forward to improving The Adoption Social and developing it over the next 12 months. We set the site up for you, so if you’ve got any ideas about what you’d like to see more or less of, other things you’d like to do, meet-ups (though we did a poll a while ago and found that our community is VERY s-p-r-e-a-d out and not neccesarily conducive to easy regional meet-ups), conferences, learning, posts, etc etc – Let us know! You can reach us on our facebook page, twitter or by email at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

Posts you may have missed…

This parent needs help with finding positive male role models, given that big bro isn’t behaving well.

The Open Nest has published a new illustration considering the marketing of adoption in the future.

We were really pleased to publish a piece of poetry from a young adoptee.

Come along and read about A Hopeful Dad in a recent Meet The Blogger.

 

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesOur monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
Not a lot to say about #WASO this time around. It’s great to see so many new and regular faces WASO basicjoining in. Keep it up!
As you might know we’re planning on having a guest editor for March, and they will be choosing the themes for #WASO. As soon as they’ve been picked, we’ll let you know, but for now, the final February theme is:
26 February – Extended family

Guest editor
So next week is the beginning of March – yes already – and we’ll be bringing you a very special guest editor for the month. We’ll be introducing them next Tuesday, and they’ll be able to tell you a bit about what they’d like to bring to The Adoption Social over the month. Please be sure to give them your support, and get involved.

TASpic
Positivity is sometimes hard to find amongst the fug of trauma, but recognising even the small bits of positive can help us, and those around us, so we picked the TASpic theme #Goodtimes this month.
If you want to have a look at the pictures that have been included, just use the #TASpic hashtag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. And check out our round-up next week, when we’ll also be announcing our guest editor’s theme too.

Britmums adoption & fostering round-up
We’re back onto writing the Britmums Adoption & Fostering round-up as editors. The next round-up is due out very soon – so keep an eye out for it and see if you’re included. If you know of other blogs you think should be included – then let us know.

#TASchat
Our guest editor will be choosing our theme for the next #TASchat, and we’ll set a date for it really soon – we’ll let you know as soon as we have it.

Feedback
We know we’ve been a little quiet recently with illness and family taking over our time. But we’re back, and we’re looking forward to improving The Adoption Social and developing it over the next 12 months. We set the site up for you, so if you’ve got any ideas about what you’d like to see more or less of, other things you’d like to do, meet-ups (though we did a poll a while ago and found that our community is VERY s-p-r-e-a-d out and not neccesarily conducive to easy regional meet-ups), conferences, learning, posts, etc etc – Let us know! You can reach us on our facebook page, twitter or by email at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com

 

The Adoption Social Times

TAStimesOur monthly round-up of all things Adoption Social

Weekly Adoption Shout Out
As always, #WASO keeps us busy. We try to read and share as many as we can – but it’s not always possible so we really appreciate when you readers can share #WASO posts too – even just one or two is helpful to the bloggers.

Themes for forthcoming weeks are as follows:
12 February – Personal hygiene
26 February – Extended family

TASpic
We always love to see your creativity in the form of #TASpic images. Most recently we wanted to see your #firsttime photos and if you want to see them too – just look on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #TASpic.
Come and find out soon what the next theme will be, and keep posting your #TASpics.

Britmums adoption & fostering round-up
We’re back onto writing the Britmums Adoption & Fostering round-up as editors. The next round-up is due out at the end of this week – so keep an eye out for it and see if you’re included. If you know of other blogs you think should be included – then let us know.

Britmums Live 2016
We’ll be attending Britmums Live again this year and will of course feedback useful information afterwards. Are you planning on attending? From past experience I can say it’s always informative, inspiring, and friendly, and of course Sarah and I will be there and would love to meet you if you’re going.

Sore Points
Next week sees our #Sorepoints week, it will take place 8th – 14th February. The theme will be sorepoint**Personal Hygiene** – periods, puberty, body odour, hair washing, soiling, wetting and everything else between. We’ll be posting book reviews, hosting a #TASchat and the #WASO theme that week will all be around Personal Hygiene, so make sure you come along to share experiences, pick up advice and chat.

If you’d like to write a guest post on your experiences for publication that week then we’d love to host it. We want to share your experiences so others see they’re not alone – and so we can share tips and advice. So please get in touch if you can share a guest post. Email us at theadoptionsocial@gmail.com.

#Taspic Round-up and a New Challenge.

Happy New Year Snappy Friends

Thank you for all your jolly #festivefun pictures and before it all seems a distant memory here is our TOP #TASpic from December.

festive @adventuring5

And as always I’ve selected a few of my favourites here.

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So we are into a fresh year, with new resolutions and plenty of hopefulness in our hearts. So how about we all do something new or for for the #firsttime, even if it’s just for the #firsttime this year. Our maybe your little bundles of joy, do/make/create/perform something for the #firsttime.  You could even challenge yourself to try something you’ve been meaning to do but not got around too. If you do don’t forget to snap it and share #firsttime #TASpic.

I look forward as always to your wonderfully creative contributions.