You Can Stick Your Tickbox Up Your A***

We need to support parents, not put them on the guilt train. I am so fed up with professionals telling me there is something wrong with my children. In the UK we have a series of ‘milestones’ that children are meant to achieve at certain times in their life. Our children are assessed to see if they pass a task and a tick is put into a box. It is as simple as that, the problem starts if that box isn’t ticked. If there are too many ticks missing that is when the trouble starts. Developmental milestones are separated into four functional areas: Gross motor Vision and Fine motor Hearing, Speech and Language Social, Emotional and Behavioural

The Birth Of My Second Daughter, Started My PTSD

Don’t suffer in silence take PTSD seriously. Seven per cent of people will experience PTSD in their lifetime. The birth of my second daughter was a delight. A planned caesarean section, calm and slow, in complete contrast to the birth of my first daughter. In memory, it is the birth of my first daughter that I replay. It is something I have failed to speak about until today. I need to use my writing to heal this hurt. Over the two years, I have come to think this event has given me post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD.) PTSD is a type of anxiety disorder that can develop after traumatic events.

I’m Sorry, Baby Girl

I have to apologise to my daughter, for making the same mistake three times in her short life. My beautiful baby girl is 28 months old, It is her I have to apologise to, not once, but three times. Three times I made the same mistake. It is only now that I realise I owe her a huge apology. My First Apology

Can Darwin, Explain the Rise in Autistic Spectrum Disorder?

The next stage of evolution is here Everyone will have a basic idea of Darwin’s theory of evolution, but does it still apply today? The theory of evolution by natural selection, first formulated in Darwin’s book “On the Origin of Species” in 1859. This is the process by which organisms change over time as a result of changes in heritable physical or behavioural traits. Changes that allow an organism to better adapt to its environment, which will help it survive. Does it still apply today? The answer is yes. ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) could be the next example of evolution.

My Pioneering Grandma — A Women Before Her Time

For many weeks I have been struggling with a poem, about my gran. The most amazing woman I know. Unfortunately, she is now a shell of the woman she was. Dementia has eaten everything that was her, away. Not that I want this to be a sad account, of one of the most amazing women I know. During writing the poem, I realised how amazing she was, I have so many stories to tell. Then Publishous posted this amazing prompt and it was written in the stars. Now was the time to tell the story of Stella Round a pioneer of her time.

Is Your Child a Product of Your Genetics or Environmental Factors

Nature Versus Nurture — One of The Biggest Psychological Debates The debate between nature and nurture has been one that has fascinated me for many years. None more so than recently, as I watch my daughter grow. My daughter loves books and hates peas and dresses. I hate peas and dresses and love books. We are two peas in a pod, excuse the pun. We are a perfect genetic match, except we aren’t because she is my adopted daughter. This led me to think exactly how much of child development is nature and how much is nurture.

Do You Make These Simple Mistakes On the Path To a Healthy Body?

Seven simple steps you can adopt on your journey to a healthy body. As I start my journey, I realised that I needed to concentrate on both my physical health as well as my mental health. Combining both will achieve a healthy body. The mind monitors our impulse control. How many of you comfort eat when you are upset. Some of you may starve yourself if you are stressed. Neither are good for your weight or your well-being. Humans early on saw the link between physical and psychological well-being. The Greeks understood the importance of a Sound Mind in a Sound Body. That ethos became the foundation of their civilization.