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Milestones

There are many milestones we picture once we have children. 

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When there’s no room for the basics

I have a question for you; what do you do when you have an individual who uses a…

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Reactions to the Wheelchair

As my 5 year old son Brody gets older, his disabilities become more visible to those…

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by Laura Rutherford
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7 Signs of Caregiver Burnout as a Special Needs Parent

Hi, my name is Kate and I am a mom with caregiver burnout. Some of you may shake…

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by Kate Swenson
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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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by The Odd Sock Diary
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Finding New Friends Through Unexpected Avenues

Just recently, all while doing a 2am feeding for my youngest son Theodore, I was…

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by Brittney Baumgartner
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Food, Special Needs

A Special Valentine’s for a Special Girl

I'll be honest with you, I've never really put much thought into celebrating…

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by Faith, Hope and Love
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Vulnerability

Realising just how vulnerable my son really is and realising how much we need a suitable…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Why I hate being a special needs mum!

I hate being a special needs Mum...there I said it...shocked?

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by Laura Moore
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Raising kids with disabilities: Thank you Grandparents!

Honestly I don’t know why I started blogging, I’m utterly hopeless at…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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The Importance of Family Game Nights

While you haven't been looking, there's been something of a revolution in…

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by Calvin Wong
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Special Needs Parenting: Blue Badges make me see red

Well, to be more precise, the lack of Blue Badges makes me see red. 

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by Sarah Kay
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Special needs parents: I need to live forever

Being a parent of a disabled child is so many emotions all mingled in together, so…

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by Nichola Norton
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Special Needs Mum: I’m a fraudster

I’ve been keeping a huge secret and I’m going to have to come clean. 

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by Sarah Kay
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Is it Friday yet?

Currently we’re working our way through a new quagmire of chaos and paperwork;…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Glorious Autumn

Ah, Autumn.. the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness.. and quite possibly my…

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by Carolyn Voisey
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Our first hospice visit

What is the first thing that the word “hospice” brings to your mind? 

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The moment anxiety took a hold of me.

Life comes with its very own agenda, one that isn’t preconceived. 

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by Jodie Eaton
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The Circus Comedy My Children Didn’t Understand

All three of my children didn’t understand the comedy at the circus. I found…

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by Jodie Eaton
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Preparing for Christmas

For most parents, that means spending more than you can afford on stuff you know…

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by Sarah Brisdion
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Thanksgiving Meals

Our family has spent every other year for the last six years in the hospital. …

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by Angelyn Harrenstein
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When things are put before people, that’s when I get upset

Despite knowing that the world is really not very accessible, on occasion,…

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by Sarah Brisdion
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Diagnosis Day

Friday 7th October was the day Zachariah went from being a SWAN baby to a boy with…

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by Rochelle Followes
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It’s the most magical time of the year!

As we enter into November and it gets colder and darker outside, we all start to…

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by Rochelle Followes
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A Loaded Question

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

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by The Odd Sock Diary
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When a trolley is much more than a vehicle to put your shopping in

I have always said if I never had to eat and feed my family I would be a millionaire!…

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by Miriam Gwynne
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The Simple Pleasures of a Special Needs Parent

The unexpected journey of special needs parenting instantly propels us into a plain…

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by Stacy Warden
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I’m Sorry

I'm sorry I couldn't be of any help today, at the school, when you needed…

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by Jodie Eaton
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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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by The Odd Sock Diary
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Preparing Special Needs Kids for Life Without Their Parents

For parents of a special needs kid, thinking about that unavoidable time in the future…

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by Faith, Hope and Love
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Food, Special Needs

Great Expectations

Finding the right venue for Grandad’s birthday meal was not easy. We had to…

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by Rochelle Followes
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Reading my son’s eyes

When I first became a mother very nearly twelve years ago, I had all the normal concerns…

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by Nichola Norton
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