Useful stuff

Here I will include some links to useful things that have helped us – including some of our favourite kids books, places to visit and days out, parenting books etc…. I’m open to suggestions too if you think there is anything I’ve missed?

Hope it helps.

So first – books for parents present and future that I’ve found interesting/useful/helpful:

Calmer Easier Happier Parenting

I am still in the process of working through this book, but I’m finding it really helpful and fascinating. The ideas and lessons for parenting in this book have already come in very handy with our two little munchkins. 

My Two Moms

After seeing Zach Wahls rise to fame via social media I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his book about growing up and living with same sex parents. The book didn’t disappoint – it is a fantastic read and I’ve already lent it to 3 or 4 people! 

Poppies on the rubbish heap

This is by no means an easy read, and not one to delve in to lightly – but if you can stick with it and overcome the harrowing experiences that the young people referenced in the book have endured then it really is a must read for anyone considering adoption or going through the process. One of the toughest jobs when adopting is identifying what challenges you can take on as a new parent, understanding the issues outlined in this book will really help show you where you will want to draw the line – being honest and truthful about what you can take on is the fairest thing for any child that gets placed with you. A breakdown in your adoption after the child is placed with you is much worse than admitting you couldn’t deal with their back history upfront. This is a really hard thing to settle in your mind and one I’m sure I’ll write more about in the future. 

Raising Adopted Children

This is a handy book, with lots of reassuring advice, thoughts and anecdotes – well worth a read for anyone considering or currently going through the adoption process. 

Families and how to survive them

This was one of those books that we clicked on when purchasing other stuff on Amazon. It has proved to be quite an interesting take on families in general from a different generational stand point. I wouldn’t rush out to get it, but it is n interesting read. 

Twenty things adoptive kids wish their adoptive parents knew

I have to admit that this is still unfinished on my book shelf, but nonetheless I have found it really interesting so far. It gives a great perspective on life for adoptive kids growing up in their adoptive families from grown up adoptees who have been there and seen it. It certainly helped make me think about things from a different perspective. 

more to be added soon… and if you have any recommendations please do share via a comment below or ‘Get in Touch’

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4 Responses to “Useful stuff”

  1. Yolandon 02/09/2014 at 10:19 pm #

    Hi there, all the best from a fellow adoptive parent. I am amazed you find the energy for those elaborate breakfast tables. They are great!

    I have a recommendation: Check out Dawn Davenport’s CreatingaFamily.org podcasts/radio shows. You can download them for free from iTunes. They are fantastic. Her website is also worth a look. She is US-based, so not everything is relevant, but a lot is.

    • becomingpappy 04/09/2014 at 10:02 pm #

      Hello, Thank you so much for your comment and tip regarding Dawn Davenports podcasts… I will definitely check them out.

      Glad you like the breakfasts and great to hear from a fellow adoptee… The prep of the breakfast tables are now just another job in my night time routine: Feed the kids, Bath the kids, Read story to kids, Put kids to bed, Wash up from dinner, Create crazy something or other on the table, crash on the sofa!
      All good fun for now…. School has just kicked in so who knows what the future of that routine will be though!

  2. Kerryann O'Brien 03/09/2014 at 11:59 am #

    I have to say after reading your storey on the DailyMail.com website I had to check out your blog. Not only are you clearly devoted to your children but you have also shared your experience as an asoptive parent is such a way that shows it in a positive light with realistic views from a parents side.

    Good luck with your breakfast stories, I am sure there are many people who will be in contact with more ideas for you… xx

    • becomingpappy 04/09/2014 at 11:00 pm #

      Hi Kerryann – thank you for your comment and such lovely words. I’m glad that you enjoyed reading the story and the blog! I hope I can continue to share our story in an honest, uplifting and realistic perspective! Many thanks again!

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