The 12 Days of a complex Christmas – a parody for complex families (originally posted 2016)

By |2022-12-19T13:02:01+00:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: 12 days of Christmas, Advantages, Christmas, mum of child with disability, special needs, Thank you|

Shakin’ Stevens and Slade are unashamedly blaring out from music systems around the country. The usual suspects have decked their National Lampoon homes with sufficient lights to be seen from space. ‘Miracle of 34th Street’ and ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ are scheduled on a loop over the next couple of weeks.   You’ve seen the Coca Cola ad, the [...]

Don’t call me Mum Initiative

By |2020-06-20T08:20:05+01:00November 7th, 2016|Categories: Don't call me Mum, Parents as partners|

Only a few people in this world call me Mum, and to everyone else I ask, "Please don't call me mum." I have a few pet hates. They include; Hardened weetabix that needs a chisel to remove Finding my laundry mottled with disintegrated tissue Someone parking so close to my wheelchair adapted car that I can’t [...]

My children don’t come first!

By |2017-09-30T08:47:45+01:00October 20th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

I’ve heard it said, that the children come first. It’s a statement expressed in many forms. ‘It's the kids that matter.’ ‘You need to do what’s best for the children.’ But guess what? Sometimes, they DON’T. I've long held the belief that children aren’t the most important people in a family. I haven't dared to write about [...]

Training to change the future…

By |2017-06-15T11:58:28+01:00October 18th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|

I wasn’t given any training to be a mum - I wish I had. Eleven years on, I can be both super human and super-useless in the same day. In truth, the super-human bit normally filters away by the time I get out of bed but in my dreams I nurture my children with ease and finesse. [...]

Hello autumn, goodbye summer

By |2017-06-15T11:57:36+01:00October 3rd, 2016|Categories: cerebral palsy, cherishing today, disability, expectations, mum of child with disability, summer, Uncategorized|

As much as I love the summer, I’m glad it is autumn. It's time to collect conkers and pick the last few blackberries. Although I will miss the brighter days and warm sun on my face, the summer is my toughest season.

A nine-year-old’s open letter…

By |2023-05-18T14:47:39+01:00July 7th, 2016|Categories: cerebral palsy, cherishing today, disability, family, sibling, special needs, special needs sibling, Uncategorized|

"Grown-ups write letters to the council all the time but nine-year-old boys don't," I assured him. "We all need to say what we think is right, no matter how old we are."

An open letter to the Local Council that said NO…

By |2021-03-11T14:47:02+00:00July 1st, 2016|Categories: cerebral palsy, cherishing today, disability, family, mum of child with disability, Uncategorized|

It is a common phenomenon for parents of children with complex needs to hear 'No' from professionals and councils. A universal experience is our need to fight for our children.

Selfies – everyday moment, forever memory

By |2017-06-15T11:54:46+01:00May 25th, 2016|Categories: book, communication, disability, family, Mother of child with special needs, mum of child with disability, parenting, selfies, special needs, The skies I'm under, Uncategorized|

There is something I’ve discovered, no matter how hard I try, moments still only last a second. Over the last year I have tried really hard to soak up life but time still just flies by as moments effortlessly slip through my fingers, no matter how hard I grip or how deeply I breathe.


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