You took in our children at a moments notice when their lives were ripped apart. Slowly you pieced the shards of their lives together, all the while dealing with the emotional blowback. You gave our kids their first taste of what family life could be: Three meals a day, every…

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Not satisfied with adopting two kids, not satisfied with moving to Paris, now we have adopted a dog. It’s taken me 18 years to finally get a dog. The stickler was King of the Mountains, who vetoed every request. Even after I had corralled the support of my troops: Wonder…

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I’ve been thinking a lot about mindfulness lately, and how the technique can help children, in particular adopted children. We’ve had a few difficult weeks. Things haven’t gone so well at school for Wonder Boy. It’s hard being an adopted kid in a British school, and even harder in a…

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Is your adopted child a compulsive chewer? Are t-shirts and pyjama tops full of holes? Are the collars on coats and shirts frayed? Compulsive chewing is not unusual for adopted kids. My adopted child was a compulsive chewer, and I really struggled to understand his need to chew. Our chewing…

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I was going to write a post about fun things to do with kids in Paris for half term, which is two weeks over here. Like many adopted children, my kids struggle with holidays, the lack of routine causes all sorts of anxiety related issues. To negate this, I had…

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