Do you always practice what you preach?

I recently turned double 20 years old (not that I am in denial or anything) and as part of my celebrations my fiance Andrew and I went out with friends. While we were out, my lovely friend Sophie who had arranged the surprise night away pulled a gift from her handbag...

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40 things I have learned in 40 years

Despite dreading turning 40 for the past 6 months I woke on my 40th birthday feeling no different than before (other than a whopping cold sore which I'm hoping isn't an omen for the year ahead!) Loads of people (over the age of 40) have told me that 40 is still young...

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The emotional conflict of letting my boy grow

This week I was explaining to one of the classes I teach what it means to be in 'emotional conflict'; to feel conflicted. Today, as I packed my sons suitcase for his week-long residential with school, I became the embodiment of that description. When I asked Harry if...

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7 ways that Anne Hegerty is helping people to understand ASD

Unless you are a fan of daytime TV you may have no idea who Anne Hegerty is so first of all, let me enlighten you. Anne is one of a few resident 'super brains' on the quiz show 'The Chase' who go up against contestants as they try to win money by answering trivia...

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Planning for the future; Wills and trusts for disabled children

Back in April 2018, I wrote about an eye-opening conversation I had with a legal professional about the steps I need to take to protect my disabled son after I die. When you are a parent of a child with disabilities or significant additional needs, thoughts about what...

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To the bullies who hurt me…

I wasn't bullied as a child but I was teased every now and then. I draw the distinction because bullying involves an individual or a group of people with more power, repeatedly and intentionally cause hurt or harm to another person or group. It's not the odd comment...

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The best, hard decisions

Parenting is full of hard decisions at the best of times but when you are making decisions for a child with special needs, life can be even more challenging. In my past role as a primary school teacher and now as I visit primary schools as part of my charity More Than...

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Why is hate crime towards disabled children on the rise?

Figures to be released this month following a survey by the BBC show an alarming increase in hate crimes directed towards disabled children. In Staffordshire and Cheshire alone (I live on the border of both counties) hate crimes have increased by over 300%. Initially,...

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Snorkelling fun in the sun!

We booked a family holiday to Turkey late last year and October 2018 felt like a lifetime away. But before we knew it, October was upon us and we were packing ready for our next family adventure. Included in our suitcases were some pretty impressive snorkelling kits...

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