Why are we (still) waiting?

Parents of children suspected to be on the autistic spectrum (and the children themselves) need much more support while they are awaiting diagnosis, instead of being left to muddle through on their own until the elusive assessment finally arrives.

Five Ways to Break Free From Your Phone

Of course we can't always give our kids 100% of our attention, and I’m all for kids creating their own fun without hovering parents guiding their every move, but I do feel like they deserve better from me at the breakfast table at the very start of the day. Heck, I deserve better - I deserve 15 minutes to sit, be present, and mindfully eat my breakfast with my children, without a phone screen competing for my attention.

A is for AUsome...

In that moment I realised that his biggest obstacle in life will be other people's attitudes towards him. He will have to navigate around their assumptions and break out of the limitations they will automatically place on him when they discover he is autistic. I had to get over myself, and fast, if I was going to be of any use to him as a guide, advocate and defender against all types of ignorant bullshit that the world will sling his way. 

Work/Life Diet? 2:5 is the New 5:2

Rather than letting work eliminate home education as a feasible option for your family, why not start with home education as the constant and fit your work around it? For full time working parents: despite what society tells you, part time work, freelancing, consultancy and self-employment are realistic and feasible ways to get out of the rat race and spend more time with your family, if you are willing to make a few adjustments to your lifestyle.

Autumn + No School = Awesome

As my own and countless other home educating families across the northern hemisphere celebrate not going back to school next week, it occurred to me how strange it is for schools to start the new academic year at a time when the whole of nature is winding down.

Mum, Dad... We've got something to tell you!

Don’t be surprised if, when you tell your parents that their precious grandchildren are not going to school, the news is greeted with a mixture of shock, horror and mourning. Shock that you would even think about doing something so…so… weird! Horror that the children are going to be living barefoot in a commune with lots of psychoactive drugs and no running water, and mourning for the loss of normality that they had lovingly envisioned for your future.

Think Different, Work Smart

This consumer lifestyle requires parents to devote the vast majority of their waking lives to work, so that invisible currency can be moved temporarily into their bank accounts, and then quickly out again to buy more things. Children become an obstacle to maximal productivity in this system, so the system dictates that they must be put into childcare as soon as possible, to free up parents to take their place again as cogs in the machine. 

 

Identity Crisis, Anyone?

In retrospect, my self-esteem and sense of self was largely centred around my ability to maintain my reputation at school and at home as the good girl, the outstanding student, the “all-rounder”. I put so much pressure on myself!