Finding joy

Perhaps it's an odd time to be thinking about joy. Waking up today to an uncertain world and the weariness of a new lockdown, maybe it would be more appropriate to talk about resilience and coping. But I'm beginning to think that the best antidote to life's chaos is joy. Even in easier times, the... Continue Reading →

A different kind of strength

I'm writing this post from the perspective of a parent of an autistic child with PDA. That isn't to say that my child's autism/PDA defines them. It doesn't at all. But it has certainly helped to define my journey as a parent. So far, that journey has led me to a few conclusions, and I'm... Continue Reading →

How to do nothing

My daughter is painting a picture and is intensely focused. The picture is of a castle on a hill, with the sun setting in the background. I'm about to proclaim what a beautiful painting it is, but stop myself in time. She isn't painting for me, and she's concentrating on her work. She doesn't need... Continue Reading →

That September feeling…

It's been a good few years since we last went back to school, but September energy is powerful. The idea that this is the month of new beginnings is deeply ingrained in me, and I can't quite shake the idea that we must all get busy again. And so, although I love reconnecting with people... Continue Reading →

All about conversation

Some years ago, when my eldest son was still a toddler, I came across a book about learning at home. The author had interviewed many families (parents and children) on different topics to do with how the children lived and learned. The majority of these families didn't follow a curriculum or do any formal classes.... Continue Reading →

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