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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This morning I was browsing twitter in the early hours and came across this beautiful quote... I thought how perfectly it was written, and how it applies so much to so many of my friends and family who often confide in me that they fear they are failing at this parenting game. My response has [...]
This sight used to bring me so much upset and emotional turmoil. I felt I was being rejected as a mother. My own son didn't want me. It took over a year for me to truly understand that acts such as this, even by a two year old, were not a personal attack on me. [...]
Today I attended the most beautiful baby shower. Mum to be was glowing, the smiles and laughs were flowing. Everything was as it should be. I took such pleasure in seeing the excitement (and a little apprehension) flicker in the first time mummy's eyes. It took me back, almost four years exactly. I can't say [...]
Everyone says that as a mum you automatically know what your child is thinking. You can predict their next move, their troubles and what will make them smile. I've always struggled with this concept. Because as a mum of a child with autism my psychic abilities only stretch as far as "I know something isn't [...]