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August 30, 2019

The Summer holidays are almost over and no doubt many parents will be looking forward to some peace and quiet but there will be some children who will be dreading their return to school. For children who have been bullied returning to school can be a dreadful time. 

If...

August 18, 2019

On Friday,  I spent the day in bed. I literally didn’t move all day. This is a very rare occurrence for me, I have to be really poorly for me to stay in bed. I think that the last time was actually more than a year ago. I was in a lot of pain, feeling sick and very sor...

July 26, 2019

The Summer holidays can be a pleasure or a curse depending on a number of things; how many children you have, your child care provision, whether you are going on holiday, money and the blinkin weather! Having your children at home, not having to do the school run and b...

July 13, 2019

Having an invisible illness can be frustrating because no one can see your disability. Even though I normally use a crutch people seem to dismiss my disability probably because I look okay. I’ve had comments made and whispers when I’ve gone to use a disabled toilet or...

March 10, 2019

I’m writing this update in February 2019, it is nearly two years since the end of ‘I want to live, not just survive’, so I thought that an update was in order. It’s been a mixed bag since then, some more aches, pains and new conditions  but also some great memories too...

February 4, 2019

When with working with children especially younger ones discussing the issue of mental health had a lot of them shouting ‘I’m not mental!’, so I started to use ‘happy juice’ to illustrate mental health and depression.  It sounds daft, but go with it, it truly works and...

February 4, 2019

Building resilience with children you work with is a slow steady, persistent task; it takes time for an ‘injured’ child to trust what you are doing is authentic and genuine. They will have suffered inconsistencies in their care. They will have little faith that things...

February 4, 2019

Resilience is the word used for how children and adults deal with life’s challenges; if they have it in abundance then they are much better equipped to handle situations, but if they lack enough then they can become damaged and thrown by life. It is therefore important...

January 25, 2019

I have two grown up children who have been praised on their behaviour and conduct throughout their lives; over the years I have been asked many times ‘How do you do it?’ Well for me it was a case of choosing a strategy and sticking with it, I was a single parent for mu...