Discipline equals Freedom!

A lot of people will frown on my version of parenting. The version where the mantra “Discipline equals freedom” can be heard being chanted through the hallways. Along with questions of “Do you believe you earned it?” and “What do you think?” Questions I direct at my child, instead of imposing my views on them.Continue reading “Discipline equals Freedom!”

Changing It Up!

I lay out the word puzzles all in a row. The same way I always lay them out. The little wooden letters are scattered underneath, each letter face up, in the way it should be. “Rhys, word puzzles” I say, and with luck he is next to me willing to participate. It took me agesContinue reading “Changing It Up!”

A List of Battered Items!

Its busy. There are people! Which in these viral times can make things a little hairy! But I am winging it, I have a plan, which most probably will fizzle into a complete disaster within seconds – but it is always good to try. “Rhys, shopping list” I say, handing him the laminated card whichContinue reading “A List of Battered Items!”

Counting to Speak

When your child doesn’t speak, all you dream of is to hear their voice. To listen to what they have to say. To have them answer a question you so desperately want to ask. When Rhys was three he had ten words. Those words were one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine andContinue reading “Counting to Speak”

In Its Place!

“Rhys look” I say pulling one of the baskets forward. All his number toys are in one place, where he can just help himself. The other baskets have been categorised into different groups of cars, puzzles, art supplies and movement toys. Rhys places his hands into the basket, taking out his skittles. Placing them onContinue reading “In Its Place!”

‘Twas the Night Before a Different Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the housea creature was stirring, a lot louder than a mouse.The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,But instantly pulled down, cause they don’t belong there! Other’s children were nestled, all snug in their bed,while mine had numbers and overload consuming his head.And Mama was tiredContinue reading “‘Twas the Night Before a Different Christmas”

Key to the City!

After the day I had today, I am officially getting the key to the City. A blue key that will open doors for us. Literally! We are in tier 4, also known as, absolutely-no-where-to-go zone. We had to get out, so realising that every park was going to be heaving I just said “stuff it”,Continue reading “Key to the City!”

A Funny Face!

Autism is … … your child never naturally engaging or joining in. It is when you try everything to get them involved, but realise you need to set your expectations lower. Set them at basement level, because then, the only way is up! “Let’s do face painting” shouts my little girl, bringing me a oldContinue reading “A Funny Face!”

Cakes Have Eggs!

‘Make salt dough decorations. Paint them and share a photo’ That was the home-schooling work for today! I was full on dedicated to the task. I don’t think Rhys was as enthusiastic! I measure out the ingredients – salt, flour and water. Placing them in separate containers ready for my little learner to pour themContinue reading “Cakes Have Eggs!”

Cut the Plug!

In the 90s me and my sister watched a lot of telly. To the point my father rummaged in his toolbox and with a pair of electrical cutters, cut off the plug. It definitely stopped our television obsession, for a couple of days at least. But all children learn from their parents actions, and weContinue reading “Cut the Plug!”