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Lockdown half term tips – February 2021

Here in the UK we have reached the first half term holiday of the year; a week’s break in the middle of the spring term. Some home educators follow their own pattern of work/rest and some fly with the wind as it takes them, but we have always roughly followed school term dates (though with… Continue reading Lockdown half term tips – February 2021

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Learning through hard times – February 2021

Hello friends! How are you? I realise I’m not writing much about home ed or adoption, but our lives are so out of the ordinary at the moment that my musings seem to be ambling in a slightly different, though related, direction. However, for some more practical home ed thoughts, check out our podcast here.… Continue reading Learning through hard times – February 2021

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Planning our days – January 2020

Are you one of life’s planners, organising down to the last meticulous detail? Or are you a complete free spirit, sailing on the winds of spontaneity? I guess most of us a a bit of a mixture, and maybe have tendencies towards one or other during different seasons of our lives. If we home educate,… Continue reading Planning our days – January 2020

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New Year – January 2021

Hello friends and Happy New Year. I hope that however you’ve been spending these holiday weeks you’ve found some moments of beauty and made some fun memories. Like everyone else, we had a very quiet Christmas, just the six of us, but it was a precious time and what we needed. I feel so grateful,… Continue reading New Year – January 2021

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Christmas – December 2020

Well, dear friends, we have just about made it to the end of this most extraordinary year. Well done! With all the gloom around us, I feel we need to welcome in some light heartedness, and celebrate God’s goodness in the midst of the storm. Helen and I recorded a fun podcast when we giggled… Continue reading Christmas – December 2020

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Advent – December 2020

I love the season of Advent; the mystery of the now and the not yet. The heartache of our broken world mingled with the sure hope of God’s healing and redemption both now and in the future, thrown together with the excitement of Christmas soon to come. It’s a potent mix! Usually around this time… Continue reading Advent – December 2020

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A Longing to Belong – October 2020

I wonder how many of us feel lonely on the of path of life we are walking, either by choice or circumstance? How often do we feel misunderstood? How often do we feel our struggles are unseen? How often do we long to share our ideals/vision/deep held convictions with somebody, but can’t risk having something… Continue reading A Longing to Belong – October 2020

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The Kite’s Tale – The healing nature of family

Adoption is a great option, but nobody has ever said it will be easy. During our training, many years ago, the phrase “parenting plus” was impressed upon us. I think this sums up the additional challenges of parenting children with attachment and trauma issues. As we daily meet those challenges, I’ve spent hours reading and… Continue reading The Kite’s Tale – The healing nature of family

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Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 2 – October 2020

Having written in a previous post about Rhythm Dude’s journey with dyslexia, I’ll now pen a little about Sparkly Eyes’ path so far and then jot down some practical tips I’ve picked up along the way. Sparkly Eyes has a kaleidoscope of behavioural and emotional needs in addition to dyslexia. This adds to the complexities… Continue reading Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 2 – October 2020

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Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 1 -September 2020

Καλώς ήλθατε .... χαίρομαι που σας βλέπω. “Can you skim through this and then answer the following questions?....” I certainly couldn’t. I would have to decode it bit by bit. If set this task, I would feel overwhelmed and a time pressure would add to it. I think this gives us a little insight into… Continue reading Parenting a child with dyslexia – Part 1 -September 2020