The Village That Raises My Children

We have Grandmothers, Mothers and Aunts. Grandfathers, Fathers, Uncles and even older siblings that share some of the parenting, each with their own important role. Beyond our circle of friends and our family unit, we have teachers.

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Zippy Spinners | Fidget Toys For Autism and Anxiety

Sonny suffers terribly with anxiety and having toys to hold helps to keep him calm. He has a strong need to fiddle and chew resulting in nails so bitten they have bled or become infected. I have brought so many different things in a desperate bid to distract him from chewing his fingers; Playdoh, Blutac, Theraputty, twisty toys, bendy toys and stretchy dinosaurs. We even tried various techniques I had learnt on an Autism course, but still Sonny chews his fingers.

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It’s Not The Day For A School Play

Reception performed their school play this morning to their parents and the rest of the school. Except this time, Sonny wasn’t going to be there. We went to school this morning and walked past the long queue of parents, eagerly waiting to get inside and for the play to begin. Me… I walked home feeling just a little disheartened.

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I Love You Today Because…

I love you today because one, two, three, four, five years have passed since I gave birth to you. Five little but long years ago, I held you in my arms for the very first time. And since then I have continued to hold you, guide you and protect you from the world that surrounds you. The world that overwhelms you so.

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A Guide To Surviving School Mornings

To the mum that high fived me for getting through another morning school run, I salute you! I see you fellow mamma, looking occasionally rushed and flustered on route to the classroom door. We get one other. We don’t pretend this whole mothering thing is easy. It’s certainly not.

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Waving The White Flag of Parenting

It’s merely the middle of the week and I am already waving the white flag of parenting. By definition, waving a white flag is a recognised symbol to signal a ceasefire. It is also used to signify surrender, since it is often the weaker party which requests negotiation. A wave of chaos has entered our house, which is typical after a busy or exciting weekend but it’s caught up with me already.

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