How to tackle after-school meltdowns

“Did you have a good day?” I asked Big Bear when he came out of school on the first day of the new school year. “Yep”, he smiled. “He’s had a fantastic day,” his Year 2 teacher replied beaming, before listing all the things he’d done that day. He’d even received a merit for his hard work. “Brilliant,” I said …

One of Those Days

One of those days

When was the last time you had ‘one of those days’? You know, the days when everything goes wrong and you can’t wait until bedtime? We have elements of one of those days most days but I recently had a day that was particularly relentless. It started off well. We had a productive meeting at school to go through Big …

7 fantastic things to do in Cornwall with young children

For the last couple of years we’ve spent our main family holiday on farms in Cornwall. The county is blessed with lots of fantastic farms offering similar experiences for families with young children. So far we’ve tried two of them with great success. The Bears love feeding the animals every morning, swimming in the onsite pool and playing on the farm. …

Support Without Diagnosis

Why you don’t need a diagnosis to access support

It took almost six years for our paediatrician to act upon our question of whether Big Bear is autistic. We’re now in the middle of our assessment and waiting for the final piece of the jigsaw. Yet ironically now is the time when we least need a diagnosis. You see, it’s not actually going to change anything for Big Bear right …

30 Hot Weather Hacks You Need To Know This Summer

30 hot weather hacks you NEED to know this summer

I’m not usually a fan of hot weather – being pale and freckly means I need factor 50 and shade. However, I’ve actually quite enjoyed the last few weeks of sunshine and I’ve learned a few tricks to help keep both myself and the kids cool along the way. During this hottest time of the year, it’s important to learn ways …

Planning And Practising Skills

How we’re planning and practising skills in the holidays

Over the last few weeks we’ve had a LOT of appointments – about 15 in total for both Bears. Paediatrician, speech and language, audiology, immunology, occupational therapy, orthotics, pre-school, plus three school appointments…you name it, we’ve had it. Armed with my notebook (a journalist’s best friend), I made pages of notes at the appointments for each Bear detailing the next …

7 fun ice play activities

It’s been brilliant to have so much sunshine this summer but it can be hard to keep the little ones cool. Our south facing garden is a sun trap with no natural shade for most of the day. We’ve erected a tent to give the Bears a cooler space and created a waterslide with the help of a slide, a …

14 of the best days out in Cheshire with a Max Card

If you haven’t got a Max Card, you should consider getting one. It gives families of foster children and children with additional needs FREE or discounted access to loads of attractions across the UK. Families in Cheshire are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with huge savings at places including Gulliver’s World, …

17 Of The Best Days Out In Greater Manchester With A Max Card

17 of the best days out in Greater Manchester with a Max Card

  If you haven’t got a Max Card, you should consider getting one. It gives families of foster children and children with additional needs FREE or discounted access to loads of attractions across the UK. Families in Greater Manchester are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with huge savings at the Sealife …

6 FREE days out in Northumberland with a Max Card

If you haven’t got a Max Card, you should consider getting one. It gives families of foster children and children with additional needs FREE or discounted access to loads of attractions across the UK. Families in the North East are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with savings at castles, zoos, bowling …