Finding calm in the chaos

What’s Your Inspiring Quote?

I love quotes and spend far too much time posting them on my Pinterest board.  I love quotes about inspiring others, inspiring people, making a change, team work, parenthood and on and on and on. I have a favourite quote which often helps me when I am feeling vulnerable, angry or...

Daring Greatly – Big Changes

After years of being involved with parent carer forums, I have made the decision to move on to a new challenge. This decision has been hugely daunting, as despite any frustrations the role may have brought to me (as any role will occasionally do), it was also a role I...

Super Woman is a fictional character

How often have you gone to bed and thought “oh I didn’t manage to get X, Y and Z done”? How often have you made yourself feel bad about the things that you have not managed to achieve? Why do we do it?  Why are we so hard on ourselves?...

Why can’t Mums be ill.

As any Mum will know (and this counts if you call yourself Mum, Mom, Mummy, Mother or any other variation), you are just not allowed to be ill.  The thought of lying in bed with a thermometer is a little secret dream we have. Why can’t mums be ill? If...

Perfect Pampering

What can I say?  Today I have been pampered and I cannot remember feeling as relaxed for a long long time.  It’s a long time since I had any pampering. A month ago, I entered one of those competitions on Facebook, you know the ones – “like this photo/page and...

Daring Greatly?

Some of you may have noticed a new photo appearing in my side bar. I am Daring Greatly. What does this actually mean?  About a month ago, I was recommended a book by Brene Brown – The Gifts of Imperfection.  I couldn’t download it on my kindle here in the UK but...

Top Tips for SENCOs

I have been approached by a magazine and asked for my views on the following: How should SENCOs involve parents in the decision making process and plan for their child? What can SENCOs do to improve co-production and communication in general? What types of questions do you think parents will...

What is Respect?

As a parent of three children with a variety of SEN and Disability, I often said “I just wish they would show me some respect”.  One day I was challenged to define what I meant by Respect, so I went to several parents like me and asked. This is what...

Welcome to Planet Katie

  Desperate for attention, Katie H is out there spouting her views again – sadly no one has told her of Mr Lincoln’s quote – “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt” Here are just a few extracts from “Planet...