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WASO Top 3 – February

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More great posts from all you wonderful bloggers again. we’ve managed to choose a selection of our favourites. So without much further ado, here are out top 3.

 

Sarah:

I enjoy reading this blog from across the pond, and can relate this post about a need for some new pyjamas

This funny post is a guest post from  one of our twitter pals.

This post from Adoption the bear facts is a great illustration of the amount of analysing we do as parents.

Vicki:

This post from 2 New Girls feels full of positivity and moving forward, it makes me feel hopeful. I almost wish I had a hall ceiling to paint too.

I have nothing to say about this post from Meandminimees – just…read it.

Chewing is a big issue in my house and we’re halfway through a series of sensory therapy sessions, so this particular post from Tooting Mama caught my eye. Are your children anxiety chewers too?

#WASO Top 3

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More exciting and wonderful posts in December especially around the excitement around the pending Festive Season. However there were also some very sad stories of disruption and family breakdown, we send big hugs to all those having a tough time. We hope our selected top 3 give a varied and eclectic view of all the great posts this month.

 

 

SARAH

Adopted parents often find themselves saying sorry. This post entitled just that, Sorry, is so sad and difficult to read but very much needs to be said and understood.

This post is a little bit more uplifting, it’s the celebration of someone’s mum.

It’s great to following a family from the beginning of their adoption journey, this post is all about a first home visit.

Vicki

I really related to this post about becoming a stay at home mum from one blogger.

This is the beautiful words of a grandmother, excited to meet her grandchild. 

These post on our children’s eating habits and where this might lead is very thought provoking.

#WASO Top 3 – October

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Once again we look back on a great month of blogs which linked up to #WASO and choose our Top 3. There are always so many great blogs posts to read, which can make it really hard to choose just three each. However as we also do the Adoption and Fostering round-up for Britmums, we get to select more good reads for that post. This month, for the first time we will included our Top 3 on the Britmum’s round-up.

Sarah

  1. Very clever, drawing parallels between household renovations and the making of a fostering and adoption family  “As we live life, we might feel compelled to hang signs around our children’s necks declaring that they are under construction, that the damage was not done by us, nor is it the children’s fault.”

2. There are meltdowns, and then there are meltdowns. I feel very supportive of this blogger and adoptive parent for bravely saying enough and sharing openly their experiences.

3. Whilst this post has a very important message, about the things you shouldn’t say to adopted children, it did remind me of some of the many sticky situations we found ourselves in during the early days of our adopted family, which could now be seen as a little bit funny.

Vicki

My first Top 3 this month is from The Hopeful Dad. I’m looking forward to reading more from this new blogger about the journey this couple is on to become a family.

Depression is a very real and very current issue for me, and CBT is something that I’m investigating, so this post from Families Tied was very interesting for me to read.

This is a post about love. I’ll say no more than that – just read it.

 

 

WASO Top 3 – September

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Another good month for amazing blogs, we always love reading all your blogs. Thank you for joining in with #WASO but here are our top 3

 

Sarah:

This post rang so many bells for me, well maybe a little more for how my husband is. How important is it to win asks Al Coates?

I’m all for the visual and it’s great that this US site can share pictures of her children. It’s so good to see an average day in pictures.

Nicola Marshall of Braveheart Education writes with such wisdom. This post on what we “feed ourselves” is full of wise words.

Vicki:

My first top 3 of the month is this post from Digger Diaries. 20 seconds, it sounds so little, but can feel so long…but I’ll definitely be trying to get more eye gaze with my kids from now on.

On What’s the buzz, Buzzbee, I was really pleased to hear about all the fun things that Buzzbee has been upto, even though they seem scary. What a brave young man to share his feelings.

Some big moments happened for Two New Girls – some whispered words and an announcement of love are described beautifully in this post. I hope the well-deserved takeaway was enjoyed.

#WASO Top 3 – August

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Back again with our top three picks from the past month’s #WASO. Lots of excellent reads, as always, making it hard to select just three each. Thankfully  some more of our choices appear in the monthly Britmum’s round up, so look out for that. So without much further ado, here they are.

 

SARAH

  1. This post about a boy and his bear is so familiar to me. I am always astounded, yet heart warmed, by the affection which can be held for a small, rather raggedy bear so it’s lovely to hear a similar story here.
  2. Great to read news from The Family of Five. Sounds as if they’ve done well with their super long summer break.
  3. I have felt similar family betrayal in my past, as mentioned in this post, and I know I also have issues around trust which can lead to heartbreak. So here on Getting the Right Balance, another post which struck a real cord with me.

VICKI

  1. This post is a reminder to us all of the tiny steps we take which have such enormous meaning in the progress of our children. It made me smile to think this young lady was exploring the power of expression in this post, and then she said.
  2. I love this set of questions which adopters from the  We are Family group are answering. Here’s number one in a current series of 17 posts. Starting off with the question “How and when does your child/children wake you in the morning?” All the way to “What is he piece of wisdom you would pass on to a child?” Well worth a read.
  3. Ground hog day indeed and what a family dilemma, I feel deeply for the decision this family must make.

 

#WASO Top 3 – March

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Back again for another pick of your blogs, it’s our #WASO Top 3!

 

 

Sarah:

1.My first choice is from a blog new to me, which had me hooked right away. The emotional rawness and honesty of this post, about a very big weekend, blew me away.

2. This blogger is an unstoppable force in adoption and schools. Thank goodness for his passion and gritty determination in supporting adopters and educating the educators. Find out more about Virtual Schools and more.

3. This blog has lots of great pictures to illustrate just how brave two children were on a family outing. It reminded me that these big adventures are often great sources of confidence for our children. So go ahead, throw them off a cliff!

 

Vicki:

Self-care is a hot topic at the moment, and this post from Adopt Around The Clock confirms that. Don’t forget to click through to the link on You Tube – one of my favourite feel good songs.

Amanda and Jazz both share their thoughts on attachment, particularly bed sharing and skin to skin contact in this post. I wish I had gone with my gut on co-sleeping right from the beginning, instead of conforming to the wishes of our social worker, because as soon as we started, we began to see massive improvements in our growing bond with our boy.

I do so enjoy reading Travels With My Son, and this post is no different. I do hope J was taken up by the other adoptees – peer support is so important.

#WASO Top Three – February

Oh yes, it’s that time again – we’re sharing our favourite #WASO posts…

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We always like reading the posts that are linked up to #WASO, although we can’t always get to everyone. We do try to read and share as many as we can.

Based on our February reading, Sarah and I have selected three of our favourite posts to feature in our Top 3.

 

SARAH

1. When I read this post, Positively Tired it just really resonated with what I was feeling at the time, and expresses just how draining being an adoptive parent can be sometimes.

2. As I now live with an adolescent boy on the verge of being a teenager, this review by mother and son on, Brainstorm a production about the teen brain was of great interest to me.

3.I love the positivity of Hannah Meadows and the idea of #ThankfulThursday is right up my street.

VICKI

1. The Long Haul on Precious Stones really grabbed me – a haiku that expresses so much in just a few lines, and feels so relevant to me too right now.

2. This post, written by the brave Jamie, is about the now infamous KFC commercial. Whatever my views on the actual advert, I find that Jamie cared enough to express his views, inspiring.

3. Craft time always goes down quite well here, but Mini often struggles with imagination, which I think it why this post resonated with me. Adopt Around the Clock tells us about the glitter and glue, and it’s magical properties.

 

 

WASO Top 3 – June

top 3It’s always difficult choosing just 3 posts each for our Top 3, because there are always so many great posts to choose from. But here’s our pick of posts that have linked up in June…

Vicki:

Fawlty Dad
A scene that plays out very often in this house, Adoptive Dad describes a Fawlty episode.

Naming My Son
Naming children is an often talked subject amongst adoptive parents. Is it OK to change their names? Isn’t it? What will the children think? Will they lose their identities? Last Mother talks openly about name-changing, and Parrot’s own ideas on his name.

“Inbetweener” generation of birth mothers
We have a lot of adoptive parents who contribute to #WASO, and that’s great. I’m an adoptive parent and enjoy/take comfort/support others in the same boat as me. But it’s great to read a different perspective, and this post from Athensrunner has just that.

Sarah:

Holiday 
This post from Sally Donovan’s son, shows the true rollercoaster that life can be for an adopted teen.

Tough Times for my Girls
I love this blog, it shows the tenderness and hope that a mother can show for her adpoted daughters. The 5 minutes talked about in this post are something I can remember.

Ice-Cream Summit: About the Boys
I love this photo story, the beauty of the pictures and the perception of the mum.

 

#WASO Top 3 – May

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As always there has been an abundance of excellent blogging posts on display this month. Many amusing and many more touching our hearts, making it difficult to choose just 3 to showcase here. However we have managed and here they are…

 

Sarah

From Three Bees and a Honey a post that shows what enormous pressure a mum living with a traumatised child faces on a daily bases. I commend here for her honesty in Hopes for the Future.

I always love to catch up with Sezz at Dear Daughter and it really made me smile to hear that Missy is enjoying spending time with her Daddy.

This is a new blog to me but ,I really felt like this was a conversation I’ve had so many times in my head…see what you think in Hello, can I have a word? 

Vicki

Another new blog here – at least new to me – but I love this photo story on villainy, which could just have easily be substituted with my children!

Do you know much about Love Bombing? It’s something I’ve heard of, but thanks to this post by Frogotter, I’m keen to learn more about how I can apply it at home.

And I’m finishing off with yet another new blog – it’s great to see so many new adoption bloggers linking up by the way – so keep them coming…in this post about telling mum and dad, Single Adopter tells us just what it was like to share the decision to adopt with family.

#WASO Top 3 – April

top 3It’s Top 3 Time…

Another month of WASO has passed, and we’ve had a ton of wonderful posts. We’re sharing three of the best posts we’ve each read this month – those that have made us smile, made us sad, made us react, or made us nod with understanding and recognition. 

Sarah’s 3

There were a number of good posts written about #15000KiddsandCounting but this one from Amanda Boorman stuck in my mind because she asked the really difficult questions. 15000 million and counting

I remembered this post from the last month because I could really relate to the painful emotions this mother was feeling in Sharing the Hurt

I also loved Fiona Fergusons list if ingredients required for a successful adoption, especially the good sense of humour, in No such Thing as a Perfect Recipe

Vicki’s 3

We Are Family Adoption has written a letter to their birth daughter. I recognise so much of what is written, not because I have a birth daughter too, but because a second child joined our family, and it impacted far greater than I expected on my first child.

A short, but powerful post from Mo and Bro. Sorry is so often the hardest word.

I found myself nodding along to the list of attributes of no-fun mum in this post of Suddenly Mummy’s. I am also no-fun mum at times.