Coordinating everything - record keeping

Coordinating everything - record keeping

When your child is diagnosed with Down Syndrome, or another developmental delay, then you are faced with the world of appointments, therapies and statements of special educational needs. While we – generally – have found the free provision available to us through the NHS, educational system etc to be good, unfortunately the administrative processes around it all and communication with parents can often lead a lot to be desired.

You need to be organised to stay on top of it. When I looked for tips and guidance though on how to do this, there was none. So I've written this in the hope it helps some others!

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Bits and Bobs - March 2018

Bits and Bobs - March 2018

March is one of my favourite months – the clocks jump forward an hour giving that extra stretch of daylight hours into the evening, there are the first proper signs of spring, with a heat to the sun if you’re lucky and daffodils and tulips, St Patrick’s Day and our wedding anniversary. In 2013 we added World Down Syndrome Day to my reasons to enjoy March.

Read more about our March here...

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The last days of pregnancy

The last days of pregnancy

There is something odd about the final weeks of pregnancy. Every evening you go to bed, kissing your older children goodnight not knowing if everything will be different by the time they wake up and a new sibling has been born. Every morning your husband leaves for work and you go about the daily routine, school runs, tots groups, groceries and wonder when things will kick off and what the logistics are, who do you call and what needs done.

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An intentional advent

An intentional advent

For us as Christians the countdown to Christmas provides an opportunity to spend time reflecting on why the events of Jesus' birth is so special. Thinking about how He is the culmination of God's plan to save us. And making that intentional is in some ways easier with children as they get so excited about Christmas but also more difficult – as an adult we can just read a devotional or even do a challenge a day. But throw in a few pre-schoolers or young children and it’s hard to find the energy to do something everyday, or even explain it to them effectively. So how do we do an intentional advent in our house?

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Why we don't do Santa

Why we don't do Santa

Santa is just part of the Christmas fun, isn’t he? We don’t resent having grown up with Santa in our homes. But when it came to our first Christmas as parents, we decided we wouldn’t be doing it. It’s a topic that gets discussed frequently enough and we know plenty of parents who also “don’t do Santa”. This is a post looking at some of the reasons behind our decision!

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Flourishing at home - we've done it!

Flourishing at home - we've done it!

So that's 31 days of flourishing at home DONE! Thank you all for the engagement during the month, it was great hearing how you do your laundry, stories of you sitting down with your husbands and chatting about your kids' personalities, and my favourite, clearing out medicines that went out of date in 2003! 

I've certainly found being intentional this year about flourishing has helped me think about where I'm not and that means I at least know what I'm aiming for. Hopefully this series has helped you do the same.

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