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There was a boy

There was a boy. His name was Bobby. One of four brothers, he had a wide cheeky smile and was the apple of his mum and dad’s eye. A football-loving, funny, fearless little boy. Who will remain forever 6 years old. Last October, on the last Friday of the half term, he took one step away from the safety of his mother’s hand and into the path […] Read more…

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When anxiety bites you on the bum

  Walking around my local supermarket last week* my mind suddenly went blank and I couldn’t remember what I had come in for. Then it started. That distinct feeling that sometimes overwhelms me – the growing sense of dread, nausea and dizziness. An inability to sit or stand still, yet unable to move. Anxiety. That often forgotten symptom […] Read more…

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Because there she is

Snuggling in bed last week, my little girl and I were having a little chat while we waited for the house to heat up. It was far too cold for us. We’d sent all the boys down to turn the heating on and light the fire. We’d giggled as they pulled on hoodies and bedsocks while […] Read more…

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If food be the music of love

To my little darling, I want this to be clear. We are not giving up on you. No way. This is not us admitting defeat. Not by a long chalk. Just pressing pause for a bit. Giving you chance to rest. A time out. We’ve all tried. Tried so very hard for four long years. Day in and […] Read more…

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5 things NOT to do when you are sleep deprived

Sleep deprivation smells of poo. Sometimes quite literally. My littlest man has been hit by those pesky autumnal viruses that all kids get when they start school. You know the ones that linger for weeks and cause all your carefully constructed routines to be shot to pieces, especially the sleep ones. It’s been weeks since we put him […] Read more…

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Women on the edge

In Liverpool where I grew up the phrase “I am on the edge” is much bandied about. It is a brilliant statement that has evolved to comedy status over the years. The chippy was shut and I was starving. Then he couldn’t decide on Maccies or Chinese. I was on the bloody edge. There were […] Read more…

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