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IT’S CHRISTMAAAAAS 🎄 It’s definitely starting to feel like Christmas in our house now. The tree is up, the elf is back, we’ve been tobogganing and MOST of the presents are wrapped. Christmas is a very bittersweet time for us though. Our next blog is going to be all about how we approach Christmas as a special guardianship family. If you look closely, you can see the ‘Mummy’ bauble. • #christmas #christmastree #decorations #christmasdecor #christmasdecorations #family #familytime #elfontheshelf #angel #specialguardian #guardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
• E L F O N T H E S H E L F • Anyone else sick of the elf already? Niece is annoyed that he’s not naughty enough and questioned why he had a label. Nephew is a little scared of the thought of an elf walking round the house at night. Oh and each year we lose the elf and have to buy a new one! Why oh why did we get sucked into this tradition?! Eternally grateful for these elf thought bubbles from @bearsy.and.the.boy - helping uncreative / lazy grown ups to keep the magic of Christmas alive. • #elf #elfontheshelf #christmas #christmastree #tree #bauble #christmastradition #naughtyelf #family #familychristmas #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
• U N I Q U E • As you’ve probably guessed, our family structure is pretty unique. Our most recent blog post explores how we deal with this and some the problems we have faced. Click the link in our bio to have a read 🖤 • #u #unique #family #uniquefamily #familylife #blog #blogger #blogpost #newpost #newblogpost #linkinbio #grief #loss #bereavement #specialguardian #specialguardianship #guardian #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
• F A M I L Y • Our new blog post is up and ready to read! Inspired by an event earlier this week, where a swimming instructor asked the children to “find their mummies and daddies”, we have decided to look into what life is actually like as a not so average family. Click the link in our bio! • #blog #blogger #blogging #blogpost #newblogpost #familyblog #linkinbio #family #notsoaveragefamily #specialguardian #specialguardianship #guardian #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #saturday #weekend
Every single day this thought will cross our mind - I hope we are making you proud. Are we making the right decisions? What would you do differently? Not being able to ask these questions is really difficult and sometimes hard to come to terms with. • #grief #loss #bereavement #family #familylife #remember #question #questioning #specialguardian #guardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #talk #proud
• T R A N S I T I O N S • Our niece and nephew have been through some major transitions in the past two years. In a month, Nephew has lost his mummy, moved house and started school! Going through a transition is never easy, but to go through so many as a young child is something else. The transitions probably aren’t going to end any time soon for us, but we get through them all together 🧔🏻👩🏻👧🏽👦🏻 • #transition #change #loss #bereavement #death #grief #uncle #aunt #niece #nephew #family #familylife #familyblog #notyouraveragefamily #specialguardian #specialguardianship
Our Niece aka The Spider Monkey. Yesterday was football and trampolining, today it’s swimming and climbing. Anyone else feel like their lives are being taken over by extra-curricular activities?! Obviously, it is totally worth it. When her Mummy first passed away, Niece became really shy and would never have had the confidence to go climbing by herself, let alone tackle all the different walls. This girl is now fearless. 💪🏽 • #girl #niece #climbing #sport #thisgirlcan #rockclimbing #extracurricular #afterschool #activity #activities #family #familylife #familygoals #specialguardian #specialguardianship #notyouraveragefamily
• B U D A P E S T • We have had the best time in Budapest. Those of you who have read our ‘Just The Two Of Us’ blog post will know how important these trips are for us. They get allow us to spend some quality time together, which is very rare these days. Where to next?! • #budapest #buda #pest #citybreak #city #hungary #couple #couplesgoals #family #specialguardianship #specialguardian #aunt #uncle #love
• S P E C I A L G U A R D I A N S H I P • Hello there and welcome to our new followers 👋🏻 some of you may be wondering what a special guardian is. About a month or so ago we did a whole blog around our journey towards becoming special guardians (check it out!) - but to summarise: it’s a bit like adoption but not quite. • Being a special guardian can sometimes be difficult to explain to people who don’t know our situation (or if someone asks “so, do you have kids?” Ummmm...) but using the term “legal guardian” seems to help. • We would love to hear from other special guardians out there as we have never met any others! • #s #specialguardian #specialguardianship #guardian #legalguardian #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #blog #blogger #blogging #familyblog #family #familylife #bereavement #followfriday #friday #instablog
• R E L A T I O N S H I P S T A T U S • Yes, we have faces!! And the time has come to share them with you all 🤣 our newest blog post is up! Finally! This time we are opening up about how our relationship has been affected by becoming special guardians. Link in bio 💛 • #love #relationship #boyfriend #girlfriend #couple #couplegoals #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #notyouraveragefamily #blog #newblog #newpost #newblogpost #blogger #blogging #familyblog #familyblogger #linkinbio
As mentioned in our previous post, last week it was Uncle’s 30th Birthday. This obviously involved lots of celebrations with family and friends. As enjoyable as these were, it was painful to feel the absence of his sister. Whilst feeling happy, you also feel a massive hole. It’s safe to say she definitely would have loved to surprise him and laugh at him about the all embarrassing photos that were uncovered. • #birthday #30 #30thbirthday #party #celebration #loss #bereavement #grief #death #family #love #familylife #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #sister #brother #photo #iwishitookmorephotographsofus
Apologies for the silence over the past week, it’s been Uncles 30th Birthday so we have been super busy. It’s also half term where we live so we have been doing lots of fun things... such as having a clear out ready for Christmas - yay! But we’ve also being trying to do some fun things too, promise! #family #autumn #halfterm #kids #birthday #30 #30thbirthday #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
This is what our niece wrote on her balloon on the anniversary of her Mummy’s death. She will always feel this way and will never stop loving or missing her Mummy. She was so particular about how perfect she wanted the hearts to look. 💕 • #message #memory #remember #memories #mummy #loss #death #bereavement #grief #anniversary #balloon #family #familylife #blog #guardian #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #daughter
• Q U E S T I O N S • As time goes on, our niece and nephew are going to have more and more questions about their life and the bereavement they have been through. Although these questions may be difficult for us to answer, we always strive to answer these questions honestly. It’s always important for us to ensure that our answers are age appropriate too. • #q #questions #question #questioning #bereavement #answer #answers #honest #age #ageappropriate #kids #children #specialguardian #guardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
• J U S T T H E T W O O F U S • Our newest blog post is now up on our website. In this blog post we discuss the importance of spending time just the two of us and how we try to do this through city breaks. How do other parents make time for each other? • notyouraveragefamilyblog.com • #new #newpost #newblog #newblogpost #blog #blogger #blogging #familyblog #familyblogger #family #notyouraveragefamily #specialguardian #specialguardianship #relationship #couple #romance #madrid #spain #city #citybreak #weekend
• P A R E N T S V S G U A R D I A N S • Is there a difference between the two? What will our niece and nephew think when they are older? This is something we often think about... how will being in a special guardianship family be for them? Honestly, we don’t think we can answer this. Maybe they are the same thing, maybe they are completely different. Who knows. • #family #familylife #familygoals #guardian #specialguardian #specialguardianship #parent #parents #parenting #same #different #kids #children #childhood #notyouraveragefamily #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
Missing these little humans terribly whilst we are away! They will be asleep when we get back home... are we bad if we wake them?! New blog post coming next week about our city break and why we think it is so important to schedule in that quality time just the two of us. • #city #citybreak #london #madrid #england #spain #getaway #parents #parenting #qualitytime #family #familylife #familygoals #londoneye #kids #children #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
• O P E N N E S S • As you have probably gathered from our previous posts, being open is a very important part of our family dealing with bereavement. One thing we like to emphasise is that “it’s okay” to feel a certain way, in hope that we can all talk about our emotions openly. • #family #o #open #openness #familylife #life #grief #bereavement #loss #emotion #emotions #feeling #feelings #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #familylife #familygoals #parents #parenting
• M A D R I D • We are currently spending the weekend in Madrid. Since become special guardians, we promised ourselves that we would go on at least one city break per year without the kids. So nice to spend to quality time together, but damn we miss them. • #spain #madrid #capitalcity #city #citybreak #getaway #couple #romance #family #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #love #couplegoals
• N A M E S • Often, people ask us what our niece and nephew call us. Less often, people refer to us as mummy and daddy. Those are two names that we will never be, or want to be. We are simply aunt and uncle and our niece and nephew tend to call us by our first names. We do tend to refer to ourselves as parents though, as we definitely think we fit that job description! • #n #names #name #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #mummy #bereavement #specialguardian #specialguardianship #family #familylife #notyouraveragefamily
• W O R L D M E N T A L H E A L T H D A Y • One thing we have learnt since becoming special guardians is: it’s okay not to be okay. Being a parent comes with a lot of pressure and expectations, whether this is put on you by others or by yourself. But actually, those people closest to you only want to support you. Reach out to them if you are finding things hard. And equally, if someone you know isn’t being themselves, ask them how they’re doing. • #mentalhealth #worldmentalhealthday #mentalhealthday #health #parent #parenting #struggle #pressure #expectations #family #familylife #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #neice #nephew
• B O O K R E V I E W • Each month we are going to be reviewing different children’s books that deal with the topic of death. This month, it’s Always and Forever by Debi Gliori and Alan Durant. Click the link in our bio to read it! • #book #bookreview #childrensbook #blog #blogger #blogging #newblogpost #newpost #linkinbio #kids #family #grief #bereavement #specialguardianship #specialguardian #family #familylife #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
• F A M I L Y T R E E • For homework, Niece has had to create a family tree. This is quite a difficult task for a child with a not so average family. However, it was a really good opportunity for us to talk about our unusual family structure and about what makes us unique. We also spoke to her about how her family tree may be different to everyone else’s in her class, but that that’s okay. • #family #familylife #familygoals #familytree #bereavement #loss #grief #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew #blog #blogger #blogging #familyblog #bloglife #linkinbio
The architects of the Aspire book Supporting Adopted & Permanently Placed Children in School. From L to R. Heather Freeman, Aspire Manager. Alex Gargrave, Education Advisor, Aspire. David Alderson, Virtual School Head @dorsetforyou. Dr Mariette Henning-Pugh, Clinical Psychologist. #adoption #specialguardianship #adoptionsupport #specialguardianshipsupport #education #schools #nursery #Dorset #Bournemouth #Poole
• B I K E R I D E S • Last Christmas we bought the kids bikes which they have wanted to ride every night since. They love going on a little bike ride around the block in the evening which they conveniently direct towards the park! • #notyouraveragefamily #bike #bikeride #kids #family #familylife #familygoals #specialguardian #park #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
• L O N L I N E S S • It’s easy to feel like you are alone when you lose someone close to you. It’s hard to imagine that anyone else is feeling the same way as you and it’s even harder to imagine that anyone else can understanding how you are feeling. But, this isn’t always the case. Even when you are feeling this way, it is so important to talk to someone and understand that you are not alone. • notyouraveragefamilyblog.com • #kids #loney #loneliness #alone #grief #bereavement #family #familylife #specialguardian #specialguardianship #aunt #uncle #niece #nephew
Aspire are hosting a conference today for teachers, nursery and education workers on supporting adopted & permanently placed children #adoption #specialguardianship #Dorset #Bournemouth #Poole #education
Congratulations to John and Sue, who will be leaving the agency for the best reasons! They’ve been granted special guardianship of a young person they’ve cared for since 2010. We couldn’t be happier for them and their new family! #specialguardianship #sgo #fostercarers #sheffield #southyorkshire 🌻🌻🌻
Our #adoption & #specialguardianship support team have run a sensory processing workshop in #Dorchester over the summer. Parents of children who attended have said how the new strategies are working really well. We will be looking to run more workshops in the coming months.
• M U M M Y M E M O R I E S • Our newest blog post is finally up! Apologies for the wait. In this post, we talk about the importance of remembering mummy and how we do this. Thank you @rioferdy5 for the idea. • notyouraveragefamilyblog.com • #family #kids #newblogpost #blog #blogger #linkinbio #death #bereavement #loss #grief #mummy #memory #memories #remember #neverforget #childhood #children #specialguardian #specialguardianship
Say hello to Rhea Munro who's based in our #Wirral office + specialises in #childrenlaw (both public + private law children disputes) including care + adoption, child arrangements + special guardianship proceedings. If you think she could help you get in touch via info@morecrofts.co.uk #familylaw #childrenslaw #childrenlaw #merseyside #wirral #lawfirm #solicitor #childrenincare #adoption #careproceedings #specialguardianship #law #legaladvice
We’ve been celebrating with one of our foster carers who has been granted Special Guardianship of two young people she has cared for with many years! Having been with Team Fostering for over 12 years, we celebrated with a tea party at our Leeds office 🌿☕️ . . #leeds #westyorkshire #yorkshire #fosteringyorkshire #fostering #fostercarer #specialguardianship #celebrations
6 years ago this little one came to live with me...oh how time flys, what a lovely young lady you are becoming. #specialguardianship #auntieandniece #beautifulbond
5 yrs today our life turned upside down, not what we planned, but it is what it is. We put it all in the fuck it bucket and we moved on 👊. #grandsons #specialguardianship #unconditionallove
You know my name not my story. You've heard what I've done, not what I've been through. In raising these two I have lost my mind but found my soul 💕#grandkids #specialguardianship