S is for sleep, T is for tonsils…

I have always said that Mum instinct is very rarely wrong and that if you feel that something is amiss with your kid(s) you should act on it. I have been proven right before, twice, with health issues with my children, once when I put my foot down and pushed past a whole host of […]

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I medicate my kid… melatonin and sleep issues.

I do. I medicate him! That’s shocking, isn’t it? The fact is he is prescribed melatonin to help him go to sleep at night. There. The truth is out. Judge away. Judge a lot. Lecture me on how I should do bedtime, and ask me if I’ve tried all the recommended techniques to keep bedtime […]

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What you don’t see – the bumblebee

There’s a noise, I can hear it. It’s a low humming sound. It’s sometimes constant and determined, or it’s sporadic and patchy. It can be heard over other noise, and will often compete with louder noises and it’s also in the background, making itself known but not as obvious. To me, it sounds like a […]

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Squeeze my hand…

Matthew and I have a secret code, something I taught him (and actually his sister too) for when he is really struggling. When life with SPD is getting to him, or he is somewhere he is finding hard. I tell him to squeeze my hand, as hard as he can, and then I know, that […]

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My Wild Ones – Days out with SPD take a bit of managing.

Matthew has a mild form of Sensory Processing Disorder. It causes him issues with sensitivity to noise, new environments, crowds, busy places, and places he is not sure he feels comfortable in. This can make planning a day out with him, that little bit more challenging. I tend to avoid going to places we haven’t […]

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What you don’t see: getting a babysitter isn’t easy…

This is my series on parenting a child with a higher set of needs than his peers. Our beautiful boy, has a diagnosis of sensory processing disorder, mainly auditory, with some emotional/behavioural issues. We don’t know if this is because of the earlier ear/infection/hearing  issues he had, or if he will “grow out of” his […]

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Boys can dance too

My boy has taken a while to find his feet and feel confident enough to take part in group activities. He struggled for the longest time, both before we knew that his ears were causing him issues, and post grommet surgery. His SPD diagnosis means that we now know that noisy, busy groups are a […]

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When you get it right as a parent

This weekend, my boy let someone else babysit him and put him to bed, with no fuss, and no tears. Most people would read that and think “wow, what is so exciting about that, do these people not have a life?” But if you read on, you will find out why that is a big […]

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The blog post where I admit that bedtime is awful…

In fact, bedtime round here, could be regarded as a major parenting fail… Before I had children, I swore that any children I had, would go to sleep by themselves and be good sleepers. After all, as a nanny, then pediatric nurse, I knew the hard time that parents who “pandered” to their kids and […]

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