Sugar & Spice

A Canadian's family quest to adopt an older girl from the Ukraine.

Why did you decide to adopt?

What was the biggest challenge or hurdle you faced in the adoption process?

When and how did you (or will you) tell your child they were adopted?

What is your best tip for not losing your temper with children?

Veronica Albers

What are your thoughts? The saying "Know thyself comes to mind" for me. As a parent you have to be in control, and to be in control you have to know what your "I'm going to lose it" triggers are. I can handle almost anything my boys throw my way, unless I've been ignoring my needs. A good night sleep (which is about six hours ~ sigh) and I can deal, keeping my sense of humour intact, and defuse explosive situtations before they happen. Too little sleep and I lose focus, get impatient and can be a real grouch. With my husband it is lack of food that turns his cranky dial. He is peachy unless he's hungry, and the boys now know to make him a PB & J sandwich which always bring him back to a happy daddy. The bottom line is take care of your needs and indugle in a bit of pampering. A 15 min home facial treatment, or a half hour with your favourite author, can help push your reset button for a happier parent.
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