Should we be banning Father’s Day?

I recently saw a debate on television about whether Father’s Day should be banned as the numbers of single parents are on the rise. Whaaaat? Even if that’s the case and a mother is raising her children alone as my mum did for years, they didn’t arrive as the product...

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17 aspects of life at the side of a hospital bed!

Harry recently had planned surgery on his eye socket and as ever, I found myself with time on my hands as I waited for him to return to the ward. I sat in the café and then at the side of the hospital bed and I got thinking about all the times I had been here. Waiting...

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Pregnancy & Parenting – expectations vs reality

June is the month of my boy’s birth. As I write this blog, I was 28 weeks pregnant 13 years ago, looking like a weeble and peeing roughly every 45 seconds! (only a slight exaggeration) *Note, I have NO photgraphs of me when I was pregnant as they were all on my...

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The friends you value when your child has additional needs

I never wanted to be the mum of a child with additional needs (see also – special needs, disabilities). It was never in the plan. When Harry received his second label in life of Autism (after his diagnosis of a cranio facial condition called Goldenhar syndrome) I...

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Now that I understand. A poem by Charlie Beswick

This isn’t the baby I dreamed of This isn’t the life I had planned I think you have made a mistake here I really just don’t understand I don’t think I’m up to the job spec A baby like this needs much more Than a woman whose mind is a ship wreck And a heart that is...

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7 reasons why it’s okay not to be okay as a parent

I had a bad day as a mother recently. Well, technically it was a bad ten minutes but the aftermath of emotion and exhaustion stayed with me for most of the day. I took to my Facebook page to share the reality of parenting on a live broadcast in the hope that other...

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16 ways that self awareness supports mental health

We live in a time where there are quick fixes for pretty much everything we dislike about our appearance. Want a different look? Dye your hair or in my case, go out in a wig (my hair is fine and would fall out if I dyed it the colours of the rainbow like my sister...

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