Autism

Lonely, Or Simply Alone?

Lonely, Or Simply Alone?

When Laura was Juan’s age one of my biggest concerns was whether she would grow up to have friends. She didn’t like being around others, and often seemed oblivious to other children even when they were in the same room.  I spent many, many night awake, worrying if she would…

It’s Hard Not To Take It Personally
Family

It’s Hard Not To Take It Personally

If there is one thing I find hard as a teacher, it is parenting being blamed for just about anything. I guess in many ways that is my own insecurity and my deepest fear. My children in their own way both struggle, mostly with anxiety but also at times with…

Teaching is about more than just facts
School

Teaching Is About More Than Just Facts

When you look at the current teaching curriculum, you could be forgiven for thinking that what goes on in schools is essentially about rote learning a whole load of facts. That teaching is about enabling children to name grammatical terms, that in my day weren’t learnt until university. And that…

Travel

Packing For Your Disney Cruise

There is nowhere I love packing for more than a Disney Cruise, we have a suitcase full of extras, little things that are guaranteed to make our trip even more special. It’s a lost that has both grown and been refined over the years, so it’s well worth taking a…

Family

“He was like a normal two year old today”

Nine months into Juan’s nursery journey, aged almost three years old his nursery teachers gleefully told me – with my son sitting crying hysterically on the floor – “He has been just like a normal two year old running outside today.” And maybe nine years ago when I first launched…

Food, Latest

The Food Challenge

I will preface the food section of this blog, by admitting that I am not a gourmet chef. I am however the mum to two children, one of whom has overcome immense food challenges and the other who continues to struggle. And for that reason, I have had to experiment,…

Autism Diagnosis A Second Time Around
Autism, Family, Latest

Autism Diagnosis A Second Time Around

If you had asked me a year ago how life was going, I would probably have told you that we were absolutely excelling at it. Laura was rocking it at primary school, loving year six and excited about secondary school transition. She had friends who understood her, and who in…