Incredible Journeys
Jun30

Incredible Journeys

Incredible Journeys: International Adoption, by Cecile Trijssenaar founder of International Adoption Guide shares with us some important and thought provoking information. I would like to congratulate Joy on this wonderful project to bring together all who are touched by adoption.  An open forum to discuss different aspects of adoption has been a long time coming and will make a vast difference to dispel the myths of adoption. So well...

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5 tips for creating positive family meal times
Jun25

5 tips for creating positive family meal times

In my last post we explored the benefits of family meal times & saw that when more effort is made to create a positive environment for your family to eat together, the less likely your children are to to suffer from depression or become involved in youth crime. Here are my 5 tips to incorporating this beneficial practice into your family’s routine: 1.  Make it a constant in your children’s lives Research shows that...

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When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean
Jun25

When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean

  When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean, is that abuse? By special guest writer Lucy Chau Lai-Tuen Sheen When Adoptive Parents don’t come clean, is that abuse? Interesting question raised by another adult adoptee that posted a piece in a private forum on social media. It got me thinking. Here in the good old U of K we’re introducing reforms to the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. The Cinderella Law   Would failure to...

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Cashing up your cash
Jun24

Cashing up your cash

Cashing up your cash: Where do I get my money from? The first thing we need to do is work out where we get our income from, and how much money we have to live on.   The vast majority of our money comes from two sources. Earnings from work and money from benefits and tax credits. Whatever we might here in the popular press and from those who should know better, there is no shame in claiming benefits. It is not scrounging. The...

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Led into diamond
Jun18

Led into diamond

What is the difference between lead and diamond? Apart from the obvious value, appearance and use the answer is heat and pressure. If you add heat, pressure and time to a piece of lead you get a diamond of great worth. So it is with humankind as we go through the difficult pressures and immense heat of life’s situations that we often face. So next time you are under pressure don’t panic, just know that even though none of us would...

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The Big Budget Buckle down
Jun17

The Big Budget Buckle down

The Big Budget Buckle down Budgeting – take control of your money before it takes control of you…   Budgeting… Yawn… Next! Too often that’s our response. How on earth can that be interesting? I feel the same way about the washing up – but like the dishes, Budgeting is something that we’ve just got to do.   Citizens Advice ran a survey of people with money problems. It shows that 75% of people with money problems say that it...

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The psychology of adoption
Jun13

The psychology of adoption

I was adopted at birth so I think I am qualified to speak about the issues that arise from such a big event. As a psychotherapist I have also studied the importance of early life experiences particularly in relation to attachment issues. The attachment a baby makes with its mother in the womb and in the early stages of life literally shapes its brain. So therefore to be detached and separated at birth, as I was, is a deeply traumatic...

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Early experiences matter
Jun09

Early experiences matter

Early experiences matter: why is a good childhood so important? By Jacqueline Harding, Parent Channel TV A good childhood gets into our bones; it forms us; it prepares us for adulthood. It acts like the foundation for a solid building. When babies come into the world they are ready and equipped to make relationships with others. It seems that there is a biological urge for them to make human connection. In fact, it really does equate...

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Athena’s secret message
Jun05

Athena’s secret message

Hi, I have just read this online article called ‘Athena’s secret message’ and had to share it with you.   As someone who has scrapped through the adoption system with the usual amounts of cuts and bruises that we all have, it is so easy to feel overwhelmed by the issue –  ‘what is life about?’ Here is a young girl who sadly died of cancer whose parents found some unbelievable words written on the back of a...

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Are family meals worth the effort?
Jun01

Are family meals worth the effort?

My parents kitchen table… the most memory infused hunk of wood I’ve ever known. It was a run-of-the-mill, six seater, rectangular object. But right there… family occurred. Between the five of us, we laughed at each others perfect imperfections, we cried over spilt milk, we shared stories, we waged war, mammy’s speciality ‘Irish curry’ was dished up, & repeatedly my little brother’s veg...

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