Written for World Autism Awareness Week: this is my equivalent of the shaved head, raffle or sponsored slim. If it touches you at all, please click here to make a donation to the National Autistic Society or at least, share as widely as you can so we can hopefully tap into some rich people... Pause Accidents will happen (even in … Continue reading Pause: an alphabetical proverbial poem about adulting and parenting
...thinking about my Mum. It's my birthday and my daughter's birthday just a couple of weeks apart. Every year on my daughter's birthday I am taken right back to the moments when she entered the world and I feel it all over again. On my birthday, I know my Mum experiences the same about me. I will … Continue reading It’s Not This Time of Year Without…
People often ask me how my daughter is educated at home, what we do, whether we have tutors, workbooks, follow the national curriculum etc... I'm never quite sure what to say. To sum up our amazing, awesome learning adventure in few-enough words to satisfy what is generally only a very fleeting casual interest would be impossible and, I feel, … Continue reading What does home ed look like?
I'm writing this to everyone but especially those who blog on WordPress (and in this case follow the hashtag #weekendcoffeeshare). I know from past experience of my post "I Stand Quietly" that WordPress bloggers can help things to go viral globally... and I hope that you might choose to make that happen again, but this … Continue reading If we were having coffee…
I have always been very interested in the human brain, communication, connections and cognition. As a home educator and mother of a child on the autism spectrum, I suppose I'm the happy pig who's found my proverbial to roll in. For those who are interested, skeptical* or not, being a home educator is not at … Continue reading Times tables, flash cards and fanfares
I wasn't expecting to start the new year vigorously nodding my head in agreement with the government, however it seems that we have both declared that times tables are not only mandatory, and to be learned by rote but also tested. Great minds think alike? When I started primary school, towards the end of the … Continue reading Sucking it up 1970s style
October 9th-15th is Baby Loss Awareness Week. Throughout the week bereaved parents, family and friends will commemorate the all-too-brief lives of their babies, knowing that thousands of other families elsewhere in the world will be doing the same. One in four women lose a baby during pregnancy, at, during or after birth. Nearly 8 years … Continue reading Next time you see a rainbow, remember a kiss…
Whilst I am generally laid back about modern life, how long daughter spends on the Xbox and the like, I do find a good old fashioned night of paper and pen-type games really exhilarating. Proper laugh out loud until you cry fun. Three kids, three adults, plenty of fizzy (alcoholic and non) and I can't … Continue reading Fizzy, pop, five words and so much poo
Sat on the sofa, watching old episodes of I love Raymond and Frasier, listening to daughter and husband bustle around the kitchen making a full English breakfast. Snuggled with my hot fluffy hairy babies... Perfectico! Wishing all Mummies a wonderful Mother's Day. I didn't get my Mother's Day off to a very good start. I made my … Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day to every Mummy!!
Comic Relief is a funny thing, pardon the unintentional pun. It resonates with so many people and is probably the first significant charity fundraising event that a lot of children experience. I remember the first red nose day when I was a teenager. Sharing fun and high jinx and camaraderie with friends, teachers, parents, neighbours... All good. … Continue reading Special Needs Parents all need Comic Relief