Over the past 21 months, I have had the eye opening experience of being a parent to a child with a chronic medical condition. We have spent vast amounts of time as hospital inpatients, and as her voice I quickly learned how to advocate, speak up, protect and cocoon her from the potentially traumatic effects of being a “hospital baby.”
Together we have endured countless cannula placements, blood tests, surgeries, x rays, ultrasounds, lumber punctures and so much more. But through it all I have done my best to protect her, and though she has had to go through some very horrible experiences, she is (thankfully) always quick to bounce back.
In this article I want to share the lessons I have learned during the past two years, lessons which have saved our family and our daughter from unnecessary trauma and helped to give her the support she needed to come out of each hospital admission relatively untraumatised. These lessons can be transferred into any stressful situation, not just in a hospital environment, but whenever a child has to go through something which could potentially be very upsetting.
Continue reading Protecting Your Child from the Trauma of Medical Procedures.
One of the biggest worries parents face when making the transition to autonomous learning for their children, is the aspect of trust.
Can I trust that I’m doing enough to support my child?
Can I trust that they will learn all they need to know?
Can I trust that this is healthy and positive for my child?
As parents, it goes without saying that we want the very best for our children. It can be hard to step out on unknown paths without feeling we could be making a horrific mistake. We don’t want to get it wrong. We don’t want to fail them.
Continue reading Does Unschooling Really Work? (And The Role of The Unschooling Parent.)
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I’ve talked in the past about how we as parents can have a huge influence over our child’s moods. When we wake up feeling grumpy, that can have a huge effect on our child’s well being. They reflect our mood back to us ten fold and we find ourselves in a negative cycle which can be really tough to break out of.
But what about when you wake up feeling wonderful and your child still isn’t happy?
Are you to blame?
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When it comes to having a new baby, you can guarantee that people are going to want to come and meet your little son or daughter the moment they are born. This can be a blessing or it can be hugely stressful, so in this article I’m going to share my best tips on how to deal with post baby visitors.
Boundaries – Some mothers crave the busyness and love visitors, some are exhausted and just want to snuggle. Listen to your instincts and be strong in telling people when it’s time to go (or not to come at all). It is OK to have a babymoon and refuse visitors for a week or two if that is what you would prefer.
Continue reading 8 ways To Cope With Visitors After Having a Baby