Parenting, Random Ramblings

Mum guilt & the pressure to be perfect

There's too much pressure on mums now. We're living in each other's lives more than ever, every trip to the park edited, polished & uploaded. Perfect, shiny, smiling faces for all 500 'friends' to see, & here's were it gets tricky...

Special needs parenting

The ultimate goal – Walking. How we overcame the odds

When Ella was diagnosed with cri du chat, I was told She would never walk. This was a huge blow, but as I learnt more, I realised with physio it might be possible for Ella to be able to do something the 'experts' said she can't - walk

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Why I would change my daughter if I could

Special needs parents say all the time 'I wouldn't change them for the world' and that's great for them. But for me, I would change things in a second, if I could! I know that makes me sound like a horrible person but let me explain.

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To mainstream or not to mainstream – the biggest choice we make as special needs parents

Making the choice to send your child to a specialist school or a mainstream school is an extremely personal and sometimes controversial one,  No special needs parent takes it lightly.  There's so much to consider, it depends on each individual childs needs, the area you live in, what schools are available and so much more.  - This post is based on my own personal experience, and is merely one opinion, and an insight into how I came to my decision.

Parenting

Social Media

Most nights before bedtime, I try to do some kids yoga with Ella. It's a great way for her to unwind, and also great for her balance, which she still has a lot of trouble with. Sometimes she'll even do it herself, as Ive got the photo visuals laminated on her wall! I'm sharing this for 2 reasons, 1 - because it makes me look like a fantasic parent, and 2 - because I feel guilty that a couple of hours ago I lost my shit because Ella did not want to get dressed, which then caused a naked meltdown of epic proportions that lasted nearly an hour and ended with both of us in tears, proving I'm not, in fact, a fantastic parent, most of the time I'm pretty fucking mediocre. Just like yoga, It's all about balance... 🤷 cont...

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Physical vs emotional Tiredness

Physical vs emotional tiredness. So, I have a secret - My 8 month old Doesn't Sleep, but nothing quite compares to the tiredness that comes with a special needs child. Here's my 2am ramblings about why.

Parenting, Special needs parenting

Why I’m a stay at home mum, and why that reason shouldn’t matter.

I came across this article a while ago and I wanted to talk about it.  The article addresses why so many special needs mums 'don't work'.  That is, don't work outside the home.  the work that goes on behind closed doors is something people that haven't been in the situation probably don't understand. All mums Rock, and we should just stop with the judgement.

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Reality Check

Reality Check - There's nothing wrong with being realistic when thinking about the future for my special needs child. - and here's why... You can hope for sunshine, but still pack a damn umbrella.

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5 things not to say about my childs sensory eating disorder.

If you have a child with sensory eating disorder or food aversions or you know someone who does I can guarantee they've heard these things and more so many times!  What would you add to the list?

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The Deafening Silence of a Non-Vocal Child

I'll never forget when Ella started at mainstream kindergarten, and we walked out with all the other kids and their parents, the excited chatter all around us as kids breathlessly described their first day, noise surrounding us, and consuming me, as I headed to sit in the car and read about Ella's day, as written by her aid in the communication book. There was 4 sentences. It was never as bad as that first week, I got used to it.