Family Life Archive

The importance of sensory play

Jude’s birthday party on Saturday was lovely. It was tiny, just a few friends and family but perfect for the birthday boy himself. He did a lot better than I thought he would, engaging with …

What’s in a name? Nicknames and variants

I’ve been asked before why I even bothered giving my children names because I only ever refer to them by their nicknames.   It’s funny how when you’re pregnant, you think of these beautiful names …

Stress Prevention and Treatment

Apparently, I’m suffering from stress. *All gasp in shock* I know, right? Didn’t bat an eyelid.   I spoke to a doctor and have subsequently looked up the Mind web page on stress as well …

Mess!

Hello all, how was your weekend?   As you know, I write blog posts for Family Fund and this latest addition was about mess! Ha! I thought, my specialist subject…as Emmeline demonstrates so beautifully in …

Jude’s sense of direction

I’ve always mentioned how I dislike the whole Rain Man, “what’s Jude’s amazing skill?” kind of attitude because frankly, it’s ridiculous.     He’s a human being and not a magician. BUT when it comes …

When did I know?

  I must get asked this question on an almost weekly basis. When did I realise there  was something slightly different with Jude? I know some people don’t like this sort of discussion and I …

Anxious about leaving the house!

Jude had a really lovely weekend at home but I’ve noticed (and I’m aware that I talk about this a lot) that his anxiety has got worst.   Now when he’s going through his standard …

Humanity, empathy and kindness

  I wrote this post last month for the charity, Family Fund. They have helped us in the past buy a few bits for Jude – do you remember all the sensory stuff I got …