Priorities

I've always put The Kids first.  I used all my energy for them and, although it wasn't a lot, I did as much as I could with them.  That sounds honourable but actually that left nothing for B.  Or myself. Or anyone else. When The Kids were babies/toddlers/very young children I think they needed that attention and [...]

My two cents – Part 1

So I've been watching the interviews at the Happily Family Parenting Conference. Lots of speakers. Lots of good questions and guidance.  Nothing about disabled parents so far. The advice provided is for everyone and it is very good advice.  Great advice.  I feel really reassured that it all lines up with my instinctive parenting style but there is [...]

How do you know?

I have been worrying a lot about The Kids recently.... am I doing the right thing with the home education?  Am I providing a suitable education? Are they getting out and about enough?  Am I becoming a Permissive Parent? Am I leading them down the wrong path? How am I supposed to know? A few months ago [...]

International Women’s Day

Last night M and I were having dinner in my bedroom (I'm stuck at the moment) and I mentioned that it is International Women's Day; he asked if there is an International Men's Day and, if there is, when is it. "Every other day is International Men's Day" I got a confused look so went on to [...]

The Birds and the Bees

Some conversations are tricky (my birds and bees experience springs to mind!) and I have to work hard to find the right phrases but by treating each conversation seriously and respectfully The Kids understand that what they think matters; their questions and opinions have merit, even if they challenge my comfort levels. I must admit that [...]

Jelly-bath

I wrote about M's eczema a last week and a friend brought a Polish home remedy [that her grandmother gave her] for us to try. I have to admit I was sceptical when I saw the bag of potato starch but I listened to her explanation and agreed to try it. Nothing to lose and everything to [...]

Money Matters

I think the best way to get The Kids to appreciate the value of money is for them to have some and to choose how to spend it. I don't mean 20p/50p but a larger sum which would give them the opportunity to buy something decent because they would be able to afford it.  If they only have [...]

I had to share!

Homeschooling with Chronic Illnesses   Ideas and experiences to help cope with chronic illnesses while homeschooling. via Homeschooling with Chronic Illnesses — Homeschooling2e

The right call?

After a busy couple of days I desperately needed to rest today. I understand this, B understands this and The Kids understand this. Here's the thing, understanding is not the same as accepting. You need to bear with me for this post. My little Princess likes to get what she wants (who doesn't?!) and she wanted to [...]

Changing perspectives

The Kids are quite mature for their age so I sometimes forget how young they are (7 & 9) until they remind me - loudly. Having a parent with a chronic illness is scary for a child.  To be honest it is scary for adults so we can only imagine how amplified a child's fear [...]