#2 Today I’m Grateful For…

After Jessie being really upset I was most grateful that:- she spent some time with a friend today and really enjoyed herself. I've also recently stopped going to the gym after losing trust for a number of reasons, but am grateful to have today found:- a tai chi class on YouTube I really like. It... Continue Reading →

Jessie’s Suicide Attempt

With gratitude, I’m not writing about Jessie’s suicide, but her suicide attempt. What a thing to be grateful for! Our world is not like most... Late last Friday afternoon Jessie came staggering out of her room slurring 'mum', then collapsed on the dining room floor. She'd taken an overdose of her Seroquel tablets, intending to... Continue Reading →

‘The Journey is Never Linear’

I'm feeling pretty shattered at the moment and rather numb. The saying 'the journey is never linear' is so true. The bubble has burst and I'm really not ready to accept it. Nope, nope, nope. Jessie's upward trajectory was going so well, and to sound as catastrophic as it feels, that trajectory has taken a... Continue Reading →

Living as a Lower Class Citizen

There is nothing more demoralising and upsetting than being treated like you don't matter. And when that is the attitude shown by the housing authority we are living under, it's hard to get away from. It's really gotten to me on a number of occasions since living in a Link Housing property, and this time... Continue Reading →

Eventually The Composed Face Falters

Disclosure: Course language   Remaining composed as a parent is like my Nirvana of parenting. It's what we hear and preach - stay calm, don't shout, listen, don't argue, be strong, be patient, be kind. I'm exhausted just writing that!! I know I'm stressed and I'm forever tired, even when I'm not sleepy. So this perfect... Continue Reading →

Pets Provide the Best Therapy

We love our pets. We have two cats, Meisha and Ji. They're members of our family - even though they can be naughty. Sometimes very naughty! But life wouldn't be the same without them. It's really lovely, Jessie and I each have our own special connections with them both. I feed them and clean the... Continue Reading →

Handling Aggressive or Violent Teens

Parenting a teenager is a whole new life experience. Particularly for parents who face aggressive or violent teens when they are disappointed or challenged. If you are one of these parents, believe me, you are not alone. There are many mums and dads struggling, faced with the same behaviours in their teens. It's an issue... Continue Reading →

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