Taking on a new role

Elsa and Jude almost three years ago in their favourite cafe     Jude is having a fantastic week, he’s settled and calm and one of his beloved Support Workers has today returned from a holiday. I called him this evening and we chatted for a world record breaking twelve minutes! I then chatted to […]

  I went along to a GP appointment with Jude yesterday late afternoon and felt completely undermined. It’s the GP surgery used by Jude’s school for all of their pupils so a first time for me attending their clinic. I feel ashamed to say that all my usual steely strength disappeared from the shock of […]

*This article is a collaborative post When the word poverty is mentioned, the immediate thought heads straight to poorer countries like Africa who can’t afford clean water, education and food. While these facts are sadly true and devastating, did you know that in the UK, as many as three children in a class of thirty […]

So Elsa and I went to see Jude yesterday and to take him out for lunch. It went amazingly well, no issues with him leaving the house, no real anxiety and a fun time had by all. A few hours later, I returned a very happy boy back to his beloved house with his lovely […]

When I started writing this blog, it was largely for two main reasons: Firstly, to document our experiences with the council and our fight to get Jude the support he needs. I recognise that we recently won this initial school placement battle but I’m also not blind to the fact that this will be an […]

    Parenting is never easy but there are certain talents that parents of special needs children really need to hone to the level of a superhero. It’s not because they are a better mum or dad and it definitely isn’t for fun, it is borne entirely out of requirement for survival and experience!   […]

Organised Mess

As I child I was disgracefully messy. I didn’t notice it at the time and had no understanding of why people tidied up all the time. The way I saw it was, if it’s in the middle of the floor exactly where I dumped it then I can’t lose it, right?   Now, as an […]

  Below is an article which covers a topic I’m trying hard to build into our lives. We recently went through all of our household bills and managed to cut down our monthly outgoings by a couple of hundred pounds. Things are always  tight so it’s great to keep track of what goes in and […]


  Confidence Do you have any? I don’t. I wish I did but it’s something I certainly have never been gifted with. I think I’m a lot better than I used to be as a child but when it comes to self-belief, I’m not your woman!   As a child I hated school. I didn’t […]