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The Odd Sock Diary

Down’s Syndrome, my family and me – one mum’s account of family life with an extra chromosome.

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Of Bikes and Unicorns

As the parent of a disabled child I have a heartfelt wish to see a world that is…

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The Judgement of Mothers: When Breast Isn’t Best

I have no problem with any mother who breastfeeds her baby in public. 

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Noodles for Knackered Mothers

Mothers, especially we ‘Special Needs’ mothers, are forever being told…

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With Friends Like These

The internet is a very valuable tool for parents like us, not just for research purposes…

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We might not have a medical degree but we are also experts- experts in our own kids.

I recently set up a joint meeting with some of the professionals involved in Freddie’s…

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In Defence of the Stay at Home Mum

Negative assumptions are something I have come to expect. Nevertheless I am still…

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The Normal Family

When my daughter was in Primary school, one of her classmates said: ‘You’re…

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Random Act of Circumstance

The story I want to tell you is not about a random act of kindness, exactly.

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A Valentine for my Children

St. Valentine is not just the patron saint of love, and lovers, he is also the patron…

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Epilepsy and St Valentine’s Day

Do you think that St. Valentine’s Day is just one of an increasing number of…

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Special Needs Parenting: Storytelling Week - My life: The Novel by Kerry Fender.

'Rapidly approaching forty, Kerry thinks she has nothing new to look forward…

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Truth, Lies, and TV Pundits

Several times in recent months, while the debate about the introduction of Non-Invasive…

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The Armchair Detective Does Christmas

There was no doubt The Kid was going to give me a headache ... and soon.

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Is Freddie Anxious?

It was just before Christmas last year that Freddie’s behaviour took a nosedive.…

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Preparing for the ‘Flu-stive’ Season

Many people hang festive foil-wrapped chocolate shapes off their Christmas tree,…

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A Loaded Question

It is a question which contains ascending levels of insidious judgement: ‘Did…

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Seeds

I’m lucky, I do occasionally get a few minutes to myself; I usually spend it…

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Independence begins at home

OK I made that up: it’s basically a way of dressing up the fact that I couldn’t…

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Having a child with Down’s Syndrome DID change my life

When it was discovered, at thirteen weeks of pregnancy, that there was a one-in-twelve…

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Special Needs Mummy Shoes

As happens so often... I sat down today with the intention of writing about…

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Sportsmanship Day

I always hated Sports Day. I don’t remember much about it before High school,…

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What is ‘Coping’?

It happens often – I am writing about one thing and it kick-starts me thinking…

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Just Popping Out

I’ve just read a piece somewhere about how very difficult it is when your toddler…

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Embracing ‘Scruffy Hospitality’

Since Freddie came along opportunities for me and my husband to socialise as a couple…

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Welsh-rules Football

When the teams and their supporters gathered in France at the start of Euro 2016,…

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Odd Shoe Day

It’s alright – I didn’t want to wear my jelly shoes today, anyway.…

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Hands-On Learning

Quite a while ago now, I received a letter from Freddie’s school asking whether…

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What’s the difference?

I recently went to a SkillShare workshop on Supporting Children with Down’s…

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