It’s noon and my daughter is dressed in mis-matched pyjama top and bottoms, with unbrushed (never brushed) hair hanging over her eyes. She’s been awake for half an hour. Her bed-time and waking time are very different from most kids her age. It’s okay. My daughter has a very specific list of things she absolutely […]
Amidst a huge volume of information and advice about how we can support our children to thrive, people forget to tell parents to explore our own neurodivergence. It’s a simple thing that can create so much change for our families. It has for mine. Parents of neurodivergent children (autistic, dyslexic, active-brained, bipolar, anxious etc), take […]
Recently a relative described my 3 year old as “cold”.
Because she did not interact in the way that a relative believed she should. She did not want to be hugged and kissed by them. She had not seen this relative for months, nor did she have a particularly special bond. Nor does my child like being particularly cuddly with anyone apart from myself and my partner.
I wish people would understand that No Child owes them affection, for anything. Full stop.
We share so much, you and I. Genes, hair colour, the need to touch. We both love to snuggle – Sometimes alone, sometimes whomever is closest. We share a love of the water. Your inquisitiveness and curious mind matches mine. We have the same skin, Although yours is browned by the sun. […]
Strangers saying they’re sorry when they hear my children are autistic. Acquaintances telling me what a good parent I am just because I love and accept my children. A society that is scared of my children because they move, communicate or experience the world differently.
Hello, April. I looked at the calendar today. I see that you are near. I see that you are near and I am scared. I have experienced you before. I have seen you with your “Awareness” (the Awareness of why I suck and why you should feel sorry for the people who have to live […]