Beating anxiety – one school trip at a time

Beating anxiety – one school trip at a time

Oliver and I argued recently. We never argue really, we discuss everything before it gets to that point but one morning on the school run I blew up. I have talked before about Oliver’s battle with anxiety and because of his fears he was flat refusing to go on his...

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Testing the no mess theory with Little Brian Paint Sticks

Testing the no mess theory with Little Brian Paint Sticks

So, there are some mums who absolutely love an afternoon of crafts with their children. Who have a natural ability to see the various uses for a cereal box and always have the recipe for paper mache in their mind – filed under ‘rainy day fun’. I am not one of those...

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Bedtime issues – the traumas of parenting

Bedtime issues – the traumas of parenting

If someone had said to me 15 years ago “I see a lot of bedroom gymnastics in your future” I’d have left with a very excited imagination and quite possibly a wavy fanny. Fast forward to parenthood and the gymnastics are not quite the scene you may expect. The slide...

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Messages from the other side – evidence or coincidence?

Messages from the other side – evidence or coincidence?

Someone you loved dearly has died and you are bereft. There is a hole in your heart and life and you don’t know how to even begin to carry on. You are going to be doing one of two things. Trying to pick up the pieces and start to rebuild a life in the knowledge that...

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Why you should always trust your intuition – introducing Flo

Why you should always trust your intuition – introducing Flo

One night in September 2001 I was driving past my grandparents flat having just had my hair cut at a friend’s house. It was late, around 10pm and I had an early start the next day with my boyfriend as we travelled to Scotland for a few days. As I drove past my...

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9 reasons why living with autism is magical

9 reasons why living with autism is magical

There is no denying that living with autism can be really hard at times. It’s frustrating and lonely sometimes but it’s also magical and amazing too. Here, to balance the points I made in 9 reasons why living with autism is hard, I want to share with you a few aspects...

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9 reasons why living with autism is hard

9 reasons why living with autism is hard

My son, Harry is almost 12 as I write this but I have no idea how I would rate his age in his own world. His language is below 2 years most of the time, his comprehension and processing of the world could be around 3 I’d say but his ability to twist me around his...

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Wonder – The book review by Oliver

Wonder – The book review by Oliver

I recently read Wonder by R.J.Palacio for the second time and loved it. Read here, how and why it really touched me. I decided that I wanted my son Oliver to read it too and so together, we read Wonder and fell in love with Auggie and his gang in a life that isn’t...

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5 ways to enjoy an Autism friendly holiday

5 ways to enjoy an Autism friendly holiday

In October 2016, my partner and I decided to take our four children abroad on our first family holiday. This in itself was always going to be a challenge.  Finding a place that suited everyone’s needs, a destination where the weather was warm enough to keep everyone...

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