Reflecting on the trauma of “the system”

Last night, I started an exercise on my PTSD where you write creatively for 15 minutes about one of your traumas. I've decided to share it.I hope any professional reading this can see that it's not a personal attack on anyone. It's the result of years of battling the system and straining to get my [...]

I’m proud to be the parent my child NEEDS.

I was driving to Kiddo's school this morning when a little voice from the back seat said, "McDonald's?" in a not so innocent but hopeful voice. "Not today darling" I said. I thought to myself how much stricter my parents were with that sort of thing than I am. I have no doubt that if [...]

Parent carer imposter syndrome is a real thing.

The other day I sat feeling like the world's biggest fraud. We get carers allowance, DLA and respite and here was my child sat coloring in his Disney Pixar colouring book like an angel. He had slept the night before and I felt refreshed and calm. You would think I would savour this moment, breath [...]

If I find parenthood more exhausting than others, does that make me a bad mum?

If I find parenthood far more exhausting than my friends do, does that make me a bad mum? This question has gone round and round in my head for years. I see my friends with neurotypical children and think, "yep, they're exhausted". Yet they can still manage to stay up until 10pm, hold down a [...]