Being an adopter faced with the complexity and difficulties of parenting our tats through the teenage years and beyond, we are held back by three “P’s”
Thinking it’s all our fault – – it isn’t, even though constantly being blamed for difficulties can damage our self image and diminish our self confidence.
It affects every aspect of our lives -it seems that way but we can find ways, so even in extremes there are strategies for finding brief periods of escape.
It’s going to last forever -it won’t. It just seems that way but you will get through it even though some residue and effects of trauma will remain.
So how do our Potato group members find the support they can need within our group? Here’s what two of our members have said recently: –
“POTATO enables us spuds to share problems, advice, and experience to help our decision making; Empathise and give emotional and practical support; Share the humour and tragi-comedy of our lives; Feel a sense of community when at times we feel we are living in a world so different to that of neighbours, friends and colleagues, a world most of them fail to understand.
We are not drowning and won’t sink while ever other spuds are at hand to throw a lifebelt while we await a hoped for lifeboat.Unlike the Royal Mail, posts on here will always be delivered and responded to swiftly. I think the above posts alone are justification for POTATO.”
“I have been sharing the hard knocks and heartaches of parenting our adopted son with well-meaning, close friends for many years.
Some responses proved they didn’t really understand the issues or compared our worries for his future with those of their own birth child being unable to get into a good university.
Following a particularly difficult couple of years, I needed help and the Potato Group was recommended to me. Initially doubtful of the benefits of membership, I imagined explanations of how the situations of others are much worse than ours and where we had gone spectacularly wrong. Instead, other members are very generous with their support and some experiences are shockingly similar to ours.
There is a huge amount of experience, knowledge and affection in this group. I am so thankful to have found it.”
If you are an adoptive parent and would like to join our group please visit our membership page