Wednesday, 20 September 2017

MadeUpMilestones: The Deedee fairy with @ItsaTinkThing

MadeUpMilestones: The Deedee fairy with @ItsaTinkThing

It's time for another #madeupmilestones guest post, where I get the privilege of sharing a special moment for someone.  And today, it's from It's a Tink Thing about a milestone many of us will be able to relate to... finally getting rid of the dummy in the daytime!

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Piratey phonics fun in the park

Piratey

I can't really believe Jane is starting school. But there is no doubt she is ready for it. Perhaps having two older brothers has encouraged her but there is no doubt she is a girl that enjoys learning. When Jane and I were walking around a park this week, we played our stick letter game.  It all came about when one day she found an 'rrrrrrr stick letter'.  And then had fun looking for letters and sounds as an impromtu activity that you can try too.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

You don't need to shield your kids from my autistic children

You don't need to shield your kids from my autistic children - Jane at the gate

In the last few days our youngest daughter Jane has started reception - and she is super excited.  For a week she does half days, so in a few days she will be on the regular school pick up run. This means she will be there and sometimes I may have her autistic brothers with us.

Friday, 15 September 2017

My top three busy mum backpack to shoulder bags

My top three mummy backpack bags

I've just about got past the initial stage of needing to take the world with me when I'm out with the kids.  I'm still lugging an iPad mini around with me for David to stay calm when we are out, juice and snacks etc. But I've got bored of always looking like I'd just walked out of changing room and want to look... dare.. I say it.. nice every now and again.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

A big jump forward with a back to front top


To the rest of the world, David has his top on backwards.  But that's not what I see. This was the sight that greeted me as I came down the stairs to make lunch this last weekend.  It made me grin and I picked up my boy and tickled him in congratulations. 

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

The five things to know if you are thinking about an Education Health & Care Plan

the 5 things to know before seeking an EHCP

In a few days Jane will start reception.  Our last child is off to proper school.  And it feels a bit odd. Yes it's partly because she is our last and I'm going not going to be running around after her each day, but it feels all too fluid because we've not had to fight for her education.  She's our first child entering school without an Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP) or what used to called a Statement of SEN (Special Educational Needs).

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Finding their feet - our favourite back to school shoes

Our favourite back to school shoes

The kids are going back to school. Jane is starting in reception and has had most of her uniform since June. She spent nearly a week wearing it to preschool.  I'm just in the process of grabbing the other bits for Jane and the boys and on the list is more shirts, trousers and.... new shoes.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

My top five most illustrious third child parenting admissions

My top five most illustrious third child admissions  - my three kids

The news is out (as is the bump). The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have chosen to go for a third child. And why not - children are wonderful, each unique and special.  And maybe that's a good description of my parenting... err. unqiue and special?

Sunday, 3 September 2017

SEND and SpectrumSunday #56

SEND

It's the first Sunday of the month and so time for Spectrum and SEND Sunday!  Welcome to number 56! Whether the kids are already back or about to go back to school, I hope the summer was good to you.

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Five everyday places to understand autistic kids and their families

Five places you can show some understanding that makes a difference - our autistic son in a shop car park

My kids and my family don't always act as you would expect.  Sometimes what we do seems odd or weird.  Like David was at the beach this summer, his actions can seem disruptive, but they are often just misunderstood.  Here's a few more places that people can make a difference to my kids' day by just showing some understanding.
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