Thursday, 23 March 2017

How my autistic son says he is already like a Power Ranger

Power Rangers Toys

Hot on the heels of the recent Sesame Street's reveal of their first autistic Muppet, is the re-boot of the Power Rangers Movie. And you've guessed it, one of the Power Rangers is autistic.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WonderfulWednesday: World Down's Syndrome Day WDSD17

Odd socks for Down's Syndrome Day

This week's wonderful Wednesday share includes some lovely posts and pieces about World Down's Syndrome Day.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

We've got to get our kids outside and @termfootwear makes it easier

Anthony relaxing in a tree wearing his Term wellington boots.

There's no doubt that the cold and rainy weather makes it harder to get out with the kids. Even if it's not actually raining - everything is sopping wet. But we've found it's always worth it.  And our new wellington boots from Term, have made it that bit easier.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Madeupmilestones: @GwynneMiriam and holding a puzzle piece

madeupmilestones picture

I'm proud of so many of my kids achievements.  My boys often don't hit the same milestones as listed in the 'little red book' milestone chart and I've learned that creating our own milestone charts celebrating their own achievements is more valuable to me.  This series celebrates the #madeupmilestones of those we care about. This month it's from Miriam at Faith Mummy and is about a moment of bravery in assembly.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WonderfulWednesday: The latest weather presenter @melaniepeutlefaire

Looking like sunny weather for Melanie

This week's wonderful news piece came via The SEND Parents Handbook facebook page, who highlighted one of articles about Mélanie Ségard, a young women who used social media to help propel herself onto television in France on the 27th of March. According to the Telegraph, Mélanie said that as someone with Down’s Syndrome, it’s a dream she never thought would be possible.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Three tips to maximising mummy's quality of sleep and a WakeUpReady goodie pack giveaway

Ready for bed

Busy Mum? I don't know one that isn't.  Maybe you are a new mum with a baby that seems to need feeding all night or are a working mum who is doing an amazing job juggling everything.  Maybe you just have no choice but to burn the candle at both ends, as my mum used to say.  Grown ups need their sleep just as much as the kids but are often under more time pressure - so how best to get the best sleep when we get the chance?

Thursday, 9 March 2017

30 hours free childcare - completely useless for my autistic son

Nursery hand prints

When Anthony turned three years old he got 15 hours of free childcare a week.  Fantastic.  When David turned three years old, he should have been entitled to the same amount.  But that's not what he got. He got seven.  David only got seven hours because he has autism, because he has additional needs. Looking back, I can't believe I let it happen.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

WonderfulWednesday: Pushy parents via @lifeasdrest and more

Pushy Parent? Apple on Teacher's desk

I never really thought of myself as a pushy parent. Too diplomatic. I simply explained facts and made it obvious that I had weighed all the options carefully and this was the best, or only conclusion.  But sometimes and for some people this isn't enough.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Parenting my kids isn't what I expected because...

 Parenting my kids isn't what I expected becuase.... Girl trying to balance at the playground.

I'm not sure if I'd really thought about what it would be like being a parent.  I remember being all gooey eyed when feeding our new nephew a bottle of milk and that was it.  Must have been some maternal instinct - I was pregnant within a month. But it wasn't all easy or what I thought it would be after that.
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