Why Respite Is Important

A long time ago when my views on life were less complex and everything fit into a box, I was horrified to hear that parents went away without their children. Why on earth have children if you are going to continue with your life pre-children and not involve them in absolutely everything? That was before…

The Day My Son Ate A DIFFERENT Sandwich

Remember Remember The Third of November. That’s how it goes doesn’t it? Well that’s how it will be in our house forever more. You see in our house, today was a momentous occasion not to be sniffed at. Today, Joseph ate a sandwich that did not consist of cheese spread. Any autism parent will know about…

The Long Dark Tunnel

After I’d given birth to Joseph, I was expecting this happy flowery parenting experience that everyone else has. Yes there was an expectation that there would be a few sleepless nights but nothing a shift worker couldn’t cope with. I was expecting a few leaky nipples, but breast pads would fix that. What else could possibly…

The Parent Trap

I was raised thinking that anything is possible. Women don’t have to stay at home and raise the kids and can go out and forge a career. I felt proud of my own mother that she was working full-time, wanted to be financially independent and not rely on my father for ‘housekeeping’ money. But there…

Welcome to Holland? What about Benidorm?

When the Welcome to Holland poem was shared with me, it was a welcome relief. It explained everything I felt as a parent of a newly autism diagnosed child, but it still left me feeling sad and I didn’t like the comparison of Holland and Italy. I felt upset that I was on a different…