Our journey to autism diagnosis: part 2

He finally got it. After six years, Big Bear received his autism diagnosis last week. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel at the news. J and I were fairly confident that he would get the diagnosis, although you can never be 100 per certain. Still, when you’re sitting in a room with someone telling you your child is autistic, it’s …

5 of the best days out in Merseyside 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 Merseyside are well served when it comes to the number of attractions that accept the card, with huge savings at places including museums, soft …

Feed the birds – fine motor skills game

I can’t claim credit for this idea as my mum made it but it’s proved such a hit in our house that I wanted to share it with you. The idea’s so simple: six baby birds sit in their nests while mummy bird feeds them worms.     We’ve had it about two months now and Little Bear plays with …

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 …