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Accessible Summer Festival in Bury, North England

Consider this a public service announcement from Firefly!

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It is Summer

Yep; for most parents they relish the lack of routine, the lack of having to get…

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Special Needs

Accessible Summer Festival in Bury, North England

Consider this a public service announcement from Firefly!

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It is Summer

Yep; for most parents they relish the lack of routine, the lack of having to get…

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by Ger Smyth
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The Definition of a Friend

friend/frɛnd - nouna person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection,

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Will we Ever be Out of the Woods?

Once you’ve been through a frightening, challenging experience, you feel an…

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Gear Up to Get Cycling

Whether you enjoy being outside in the fresh air, the wind blowing in your hair,…

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When his Disability is no Longer “Cute”

  Receiving Oliver’s diagnosis was beyond difficult.

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Just One Thing

I was asked the other day if there was a particular skill that Sam didn’t yet…

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Welcome to the Family

Newly inducted to The Special Needs Parenting Club? You may not feel it’s the…

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Five Inexpensive End of Term Gifts

It's end of term and I have so many people to thank. 

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The Power of a Hug

'If you could go anywhere in the world to do a good deed for someone, where would…

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Holidays are Hard

There is no shame is admitting summer holidays are hard.

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I am Not a Fan of Holland

Firstly, let me add that I have never actually visited Holland however I am sure…

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The Chosen One

We all have done it and have seen that Facebook can be one of the many places for…

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Birthdays - Celebration or Grieving?

Another year gone by, another birthday for our child with additional needs, but how…

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5 Travel Tips for Long Haul Flights

We have just come back from an amazing holiday in Florida, 3 weeks in the sun which…

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A Proper Holiday

We had our first "proper" holiday a few months ago. I've been wanting…

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The Heart of a Special Needs Dad

A father is defined as “a man who exercises paternal care over other persons;…

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Father’s Day

I owe my sanity to my husband, like really!

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A Gift to my Husband on Father’s Day

I write quite often, in my personal blog, about happiness.

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A Letter to all the Lonely Carers

I have a confession to make - I am extremely lonely

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More than a Typical Daddy

In our world of special needs parenting we often hear little from or about these…

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5 Tips to Make Airports Less Stressful Places to Be

We all know that airports aren’t the calmest environments but you can reduce…

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Special Needs Parenting: I Never Thought

I have been thinking lately about a few of things I had thought after I gave birth…

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6 Years

Six years ago today at 37 weeks pregnant I was in the antenatal clinic for my final…

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Summer for the Hinkleys

School has finally wrapped up for my oldest son, Aaden, who just graduated fourth…

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Will she Always Have that Tube?

If I had a £1 for every time I was asked that question.

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The First Year of my Journey as a Special Needs Parent

This time last year I was pregnant with my 4th child, we had just started the long…

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Walking a Knife Edge

Never sure how to start posts like this one, it always seems so trite. 

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Just a Kid Watching Other Kids on YouTube

Yes, my three year old can master my iPhone and click open Youtube Kids to watch…

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What Really Matters

How do I explain to people who don’t understand that for all his issues, my…

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