Maternal Mental Health Day

  Once upon a time when my first baby was born I took a knife to bed with the full intention of killing my partner. It was Christmas 2004 and three months earlier I had given birth to my first precious daughter, I was also helping to raise my three beautiful step-daughters aged 3,4 & […]

New Campaign

I have been working with four babies who were last week removed from their home under an Emergency Protection order and placed with a family member. These four children were residing with one biological parent and one step-parent who are now on remand in prison. I have read reports that have made me cry and […]

Meeting with Con…

Blogging for me has always felt a bit like when my first kid started Primary school when I walked into the playground on the first day of term. She didn’t get her chosen placement at the school I wanted so was brand new as she hadn’t been to the pre-school the previous year. That ball […]

Parent Alienation

    My parents separated when I was four years old. My mum left our family home and was replaced three weeks later by my step-mother. Last year my Therapist asked me to explain what I remember from my childhood after my mum left. This is what I told her…. “I remember the phone-calls from […]

Best friends

Once upon a time there was a little girl. She lived in a huge house in the country with her mum & dad & three older siblings. She began pre-school when she was three years old, there she met another little girl called Leila and they became best friends immediately. Their mums got on well […]

On Saturday night I posted a ‘Dear Josh’ letter… This letter was written for fun, totally humorous. Any of you that know me will know Josh wouldn’t know how to raise his voice at me and I certainly am not afraid to tell him anything for fear of his reaction… What did piss me off […]

Happy Mothers Day

Dear Mum You & I are inseparable. You are my best friend. I tell you everything and we speak every day. For reasons I still don’t fully know you sure you left me when I was 4. My brother Matt was 9, my sister Leisa was 14 & my brother John was 18. You chose […]

Lets educate our kids…

Imagine being fourteen years old and waking up on Christmas morning not thinking for one minute you would ever get the customised bike you’d dreamed of for so long…but there it was, because your mum had worked her butt off for months beforehand to give you that dream present because you are her entire world. […]

My baby can choose…

On Thursday night I went to Betsy’s school options evening where we met all the teachers and spoke about her GCSE subject choices. I watched so many parents ‘tell’ their children what subjects they’d be taking, informing them what they need to study to do well in life and I’ve been thinking about it every […]