I haven't written an entry for 3 years! I cant remember if I decided to stop or if life simply got in the way. When I said its been 3 years, my husband pointed out that we were then, in the midst of sleep deprivation hell with a 3rd (and final) child. That might have … Continue reading Its been a while (and how things have changed)
I am a working mum. Over this lovely festive period I was sat on the sofa in my parents house and my middle child was sat next to me. Something amusing happened, I can't recall but I must have laughed out loud. My son said "Mummy, I never hear you laugh". It was a proper … Continue reading I am a working mum, working hard to be mum.
Today I was immersed in the unpleasant horror of domestic violence. This is part of my job. But today it wasn't the actual acts of violence or control that I was supporting someone through. Today I was witnessing the long-term and, I guess, bigger picture of domestic abuse. I was experiencing the system allow a … Continue reading Domestic violence.
The WORLD has a mental health day. What does that tell us? It should tell us that mental health awareness is really important and is valued equally across the continents. That's not it though, is it? We have world mental health day to attempt to focus people's mind on this issue that, whilst being crazily … Continue reading Mentally unwell? The world has a day for you.
I'm thinking about myself; which pieces of me come from where, at what stage of life, which piece of me was winning. Some of this comes from having children. I watch mine growing and changing and I wonder which pieces of them are from me or their dad (none of them have proven to be … Continue reading The pieces of me
Summer. Almost six weeks with my children and I LOVED it. Seriously. I've heard a lot of 'thank god school is starting' or 'so glad we've got through the 6weeks' and I don't know how to respond because it gets me uncomfortable . I want to shout 'but it's wonderful, I don't want it to … Continue reading Summer love
We just had our 11th wedding anniversary. As his gift to me my husband arranged a house party because he knows I love to host a good old shindig. He does not so much enjoy hosting, so this was a pretty big gift on his part. Of course we have 3 kids and do not … Continue reading Wedding anniversary and 22 kids.
I am a Family support worker (aka social worker, youth worker, counsellor, family therapist, play worker, teacher, negotiator, mental health nurse, and receptionist). I work in a primary school and we've just had the end of school year, and whilst the staff around me receive gifts, whilst I rush around getting the right gifts for … Continue reading Not for the appreciation
I've been thinking about writing this for a while. Then the last few weeks has seen some horrid and upsetting news. The political climate is one that has many (myself included) feeling angry and disoriented. And so I thought I would focus on sharing something positive and representative of the world I want for my … Continue reading Street life: an ode to my road
My daughter is demanding to know how many of the sleep-overs she's been invited to in the next 2 weeks that she can go on. Obviously she wants to go to them all. She's 9 (and 3/4). She still sleeps for 12 hours a night if allowed. Sleep-overs turn her into a shadow of her … Continue reading “It’s soooooo UNFAIR!”