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A Few Tips for Flu Season

This time of year is always scary. Flu season. This year already it has caused the…

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Silver Linings

I am so fed up of having a disabled child being deemed as a negative thing and so…

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A Few Tips for Flu Season

This time of year is always scary. Flu season. This year already it has caused the…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
on

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Silver Linings

I am so fed up of having a disabled child being deemed as a negative thing and so…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
on

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Please would someone stop the world for a moment?

Because I want to get off. 2016 was brutal and its friend 2017 has not been pleasant…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Happy Valentine’s to my Village

It takes a village. A tribe. A family. Raising a child with special needs isn’t…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Valentine’s Day is Different Now

It was once a day where you rushed through the front door, waving your handmade masterpiece…

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by Ger Smyth
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Saint Valentine and Seizures

When you think of Valentine’s Day, I suspect you think of cards, flowers, hearts…

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by Emma Murphy
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The Mystery of the Blue Badge

There is obviously something mysterious and complex about the Blue Badge. Ah yes,…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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When your child’s mental health is a concern

If there was one thing I wished people could understand about mental health it would…

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A New Furry Pal

I remember early on, well after receiving Oliver’s diagnosis, looking in to…

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Stop Comparing

I have seen this time and time again. I know that this may come as a surprise to…

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by Melissa Schlemmer
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Thought for the Day

Inspirational quotes, you know the ones. They pop up on your face book feed with…

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by Jane Scott
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The Importance of Family

I remember as a child hearing people say that as long as you have your health then…

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You’ll Never Know

I was chatting with a friend a while ago about our daily life and I mentioned something…

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National Storytelling Week

In honour of national storytelling week, I thought I’d write a short story…

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by Ger Smyth
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A Hard Day’s Night

When my eldest child, Sean, was first born and I was up four or five times in the…

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by Emma Murphy
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A Special Relationship

My eldest son, Sean, is just 14 months older than his profoundly disabled younger…

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by Emma Murphy
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National Young Carers Day

He drops his bag by the sitting room door. I ask how his day was. I generally get…

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by Ger Smyth
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Please Don’t Forget Me

I have realised since having my baby that people seem to have drifted away. I know…

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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An Unpredictable Life

"Hasn't she got rosy red cheeks!? Is she teething or is she always like…

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by Ceri-Ann Brown
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Keeping your Cool

I was doing a bit of research for this post and found myself fully side tracked and…

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The Kindness of Strangers

Christmas this year was a bit of a wash out. In the seven-week run up, our house…

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by Jane Scott
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Pearls of Wisdom

I have long thought that life could only be improved by spontaneous bouts of dancing…

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by Jane Scott
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5 Ways to Reduce your Stress Levels This New Year

Being a special needs parent is stressful, we all know that!  So here are 5…

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by Laura Moore
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New Year’s Resolutions

I don’t make New year resolutions, I never keep them .I felt guilty about not…

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by Ger Smyth
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Top Tips for Making a Hospital Stay More Comfortable for Parents of Disabled Children

I consider myself rather lucky because although William has had his fair share of…

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by Laura Moore
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Happy and Healthy Baby

As a parent all you want is for your child to be happy and healthy.

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by Rebecca Shayler-Adams
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Am I Sharing Too Much?

You all may or may not have come across a few stories here and there, of families…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Realising her Brother is Different

I was walking both my children to the local shop when I snapped this pic. I was hoping…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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The Crystal Ball of Hope

When my son, William, was born after complications I knew things wouldn’t be…

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by Laura Moore
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