Supporting Special Needs Dads

There’s a rare breed that with some notable exceptions we don’t get to see so much of. A group of people that can often slip off the radar and go unnoticed. A demographic that rarely gets a mention in the chat forums or magazines. Special needs Dads. In my day job I provide training andContinue reading “Supporting Special Needs Dads”

Leaving Lockdown: Learning To Listen To Each Other, Our Children, And Ourselves

We are surrounded by noise, whether it is the noise of people around us, the constant noise of technology, the noise of kitchen appliances, the noise of cars and trucks, emergency vehicles, planes and trains. There is noise everywhere and perhaps that is one reason why we’ve become less good at listening… listening to eachContinue reading “Leaving Lockdown: Learning To Listen To Each Other, Our Children, And Ourselves”

Are You Feeling Exhausted?

We will soon be at the anniversary of the beginning of the first COVID-19 lockdown, which began with Boris Johnson’s address to the nation on the 23rd March 2020. A year on, and still in the third lockdown, every day seems the same; many of us are feeling a weariness, an overwhelming sense of exhaustion. ItContinue reading “Are You Feeling Exhausted?”

12 Days Of Additional Needs Christmas

Traditionally, the twelve days of Christmas start on Christmas Day and run on until January 6th which is ‘Epiphany’ or ‘Three Kings’ Day, the day that marks the arrival of the three wise men in the nativity story. It’s also usually the day when all the Christmas decorations come down. I thought it would be funContinue reading “12 Days Of Additional Needs Christmas”

Parents Out Of Fuel

Some days stay in the memory a long time, this one I will never forget; it was the day that I learned what a terrific sense of humour God has! And I was on the receiving end. As so many stories do, this one started quite simply… A long time before the word ‘lockdown’ had become theContinue reading “Parents Out Of Fuel”

Additional Needs Parenting: Unpredictable, Impactful, Inspirational

Most of you know that James, our 18-year-old autistic son, has had times when it has been hard for him to leave the house, with all the disruption that causes around school, work, socialising etc. Things are better now than they were, but still remain quite unpredictable with the occasional hard day; however the journey,Continue reading “Additional Needs Parenting: Unpredictable, Impactful, Inspirational”

Special Needs Dads And The Self-Care Challenge

Special Needs Dads (Pater Specialibus Necessitates) are an interesting breed; I should know, I am one, and one of many ‘hats’ I wear is that of Founder of ‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’ (https://thedadsfirecircle.com), a place for Special Needs Dads to gather. Now, Special Needs Dads come in all kinds; there are the Dads that areContinue reading “Special Needs Dads And The Self-Care Challenge”

Additional Needs Parenting Is Like Being A Circus Performer

Additional Needs parenting can be a bit like a circus sometimes, maybe more than we would like to admit!  Here’s a (hopefully) light-hearted look at how at times we can play many of the familiar roles of circus performers… Circus (noun):  a travelling company of acrobats, clowns, and other entertainers which gives performances, typically in a large tent,Continue reading “Additional Needs Parenting Is Like Being A Circus Performer”

Special Needs Parents Are Candles, Burning Between Hope And Despair

Parents of children with additional/special needs and disabilities are often labelled negatively; ‘troublemakers’, ‘confrontational’, ‘needy’, ‘over-sharing’. I’ve seen parents blamed for their child’s disability, I’ve seen parents told that they have no right to speak on behalf of, or share details about, their child. I’ve seen parents told that they are wrong to feel orContinue reading “Special Needs Parents Are Candles, Burning Between Hope And Despair”

‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’, A Place For Additional Needs Dads To Gather

Let me give you a little glimpse into how my mind works sometimes…. My family and I were watching Ben Fogle, his ‘New Lives In The Wild’ show on Channel 5, have you seen it? It’s about people who have given up the rat-race and gone to live a life in the wild places; it’sContinue reading “‘The Dads’ Fire Circle’, A Place For Additional Needs Dads To Gather”