How do you prepare for your children’s return to school? Buy fresh uniforms? Polish their shoes? Make sure the fridge is full of healthy lunchbox options that will give you the necessary credits as an acceptable Mother from the school? In our house it couldn’t be more different. In our house the build up to [...]
I recently blogged about the most beautiful family day that we had the privilege of experiencing. And I basked in it. I 100% threw myself into the feeling of relaxation and elation at seeing my boy so happy. At seeing him swing from a tree with his dad, seeing him run with his friends. I [...]
I see you, sat there subtly staring away. Thinking your look of disapproval is somehow invisible to me. I see you, sat at the next table with your children. Puzzled at my decision, at my parenting practices. I see you, looking at me from the corner of your eye. Your body language silently disapproving of [...]
Writing this blog is all about sharing the good, the bad and the ugly. But I want to make sure that I don't focus too much on the bad and the ugly. Someone once said to me that parenting a child with disabilities brings the lowest lows, but also the highest highs! Some highs brought [...]
While the rest of the world sleeps, I hear you stirring in your bed. The stimming starts, The to and fro of your shaking head. I wait with baited breath, Will you wake happy or sad? But it does not matter, For little sleep we have had. I check the bedside clock, What hour is [...]
It's 5am. I'm writing this now as I can't sleep. I'm stressed. Again. Why? This time it's because of something that most people would consider quite a normal experience. In fact most would treat it as a fun and healthy family activity. But to me it is utterly terrifying. What is it? Swimming lessons. The [...]
We went on a softplay play date this morning. It was actually one of the best I have ever been on. Kiddo took straight to the slides and barely touched base with me for two whole hours! For me it was coffee paradise, surrounded by social adult conversation and that group therapy feeling you get [...]
Picture the scene. It's the end of a long tiring day. Kiddo has very successfully expended all his energy (impressive) and is now overtired and hyperactive as a result. Verbal communication is attempted with minimal success which results in a full on wrestling match to get him off the trampoline, which he obviously thinks it's [...]
Do you remember the first time your baby sat up? The first time they crawled? Walked? I'm sure you do. Most parents I speak to have crystal clear memories of these moments. I do remember the first time kiddo crawled. It was an agonising wait, full of his frustrations that he just couldn't make himself [...]
A fantastic blog by the amazing “It must be Mum”. Definitely worth a read…
‘Catch all’ strategies prescribed indiscriminately (and that must be completed before other services are accessed) can’t possibly be the right approach. Sure, it is a way to manipulate waiting time information to show an improvement. No doubt it will reduce demand too, as some families simply can’t face it or can’t manage to get there and will stop asking for help, and yes, some may discover their issues can be resolved this way.
However, it’s no different to treating every possibly infected patient with the same bucket load of antibiotics before you allow them to see the GP – some will be made better, some will be in a diabolical state and some would have got better on their own. It lacks intelligence and thought. When applied without thought and judgement on an individualised basis it’s a lazy, broad brush, one size fits all pathway.
Just to state the obvious…
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