About two years ago my partners son B, was almost diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. I say almost, his assessment was finally concluded as ‘undecided’ due to two very different accounts by his parents. Recommendation was that if either parent felt the need to have him reassessed it would be prudent to wait until he … Continue reading The Darker Side of Diagnosis.
There is something to be said for lying in bed at midnight, with a glass of sauvignon blanc, a bag of Mini Eggs playing Candy Crush. In fact at that minute it really doesn’t get much better. The other day my eldest checks his passport to find out its expired. We go on holiday in … Continue reading The Little Things.
Becoming a step parent is probably one of the most difficult experiences you can have. When I first moved to England I lived with my partner Pete. He has his two kids every other weekend and on a Tuesday night. Due to his work I had started to do school pickups and drop offs and … Continue reading Other People’s Kids.
Hair. Long or short? When you have short hair, you want it long and flowing like a Timotei advert and when its long, you want to whip out the scissors and create an elfin look. Coincidence or not after having both my boys I decided to go short. I would love to say it was … Continue reading The Long and The Short Of It.
As new mums we always make that comment that we will never be one of those mums making three meals every night instead of one nutritious, healthy meal round the table like the Waltons. Bull. Shit. Those who succeed in this idealistic dream have either kids that are allergic to everything except chips and you … Continue reading Feeding Time At The Zoo…..
The changes in technology over the years has made life for people who stammer a whole lot easier, but at what cost? How many of us of an older generation pretty much never used the ‘house phone’? With the fact now that pretty much every person over the age of 10 has a mobile phone, … Continue reading App-arently it’s a good thing….
Today has been shall we say, trying.... Dropped Kieran to childminder and was running abit late so thought I should catch the train... No feckin car park spaces left at all anywhere near the bloody station, like I mean people parked anywhere and everywhere and no place for my Zafira. So have to drive to … Continue reading Today Has Been A Little Trying…..
As it approaches Valentines Day.... This will be my dad's first anniversary since he passed away. Anyone in our family who has passed away tended to do it over the Christmas period. Not Grumpy Jimmy, he was not going to be in that wee squad. He was going it alone, and just in case we … Continue reading Done Too Soon
I stammer. Sometimes hardly ever. Sometimes lots. I wrote the following blog after giving a speech at the House of Commons at the Employers Stammering Network event supported by the British Stammering Association. It was posted previously on a great website Intandem http://intandem.co.uk My stammering is my natural pattern of speech, and having … Continue reading My Sunflower Speech
Kids can be so cruel without knowing. Today I weep for a little 6 year old boy who stammers. His mum wrote on a support group site some time ago. He was speaking out in class and got stuck on his words, normally he is fine but it is coming up to his birthday and … Continue reading Some Teachers Just Get It Right