The Bantam’s Bedtime Story

I had to share this thought for the day as it’s something that’s important for me to remember right now. I count myself lucky to have a family of very good friends who I love dearly. Thank you to each and every one of them, they know who they are. Xxx 

Embrace your flaws! 

Stolen this off a friends Facebook page this morning because I absolutely love it. I love it because it is totally true, and not just about physical flaws but personality flaws too. Learning to accept yourself, warts and all, will give you peace, stop you being so vulnerable, and stop you judging others imperfections. 

Unless you can truly accept and love yourself, how can you expect anyone else to? 


A little education about misunderstood children

Every time I read this I dissolve into tears, but as the parent of a ‘misunderstood child’ I feel that it sums her up perfectly.

It is also a good reminder to me when I am feeling less patient with her to try and see the world through her eyes.

Please take a moment to read the poem below, for my daughter and all the other misunderstood children who face a daily struggle against stress, anxiety and the ignorance and judgement of some.

Thank you xxx


When your 8yr old is braver than you are….

I just wanted to take 5 minutes to write a proud mum post, so here we go…

About a month ago I discovered a local theatre group had spaces in the 7-9yr old class and knowing my daughter has a flair for the dramatic and was interested in finding a new hobby I immediately snapped up a space. She didn’t know anyone at all and at the end of the first session she came out in tears having found it overwhelming. She also suffers with ADHD, sensory processing disorder and high anxiety levels so it wasn’t entirely a surprise she found it a bit much to cope with, but I was proud of her for trying and expected that she wouldn’t want to go again.

The following week rolled around and she surprised me by being oh so mature and stating that she would go and try it again and see if she could learn to fit in, make friends and enjoy herself. Bearing in mind that she struggles with some social skills and has confidence I was so impressed with her attitude. She went along and came out smiling and saying she had fun.

Fast-forward to now, approximately 5 weeks since her first session and she is absolutely loving her drama group. She has made a new friend and its lovely to see them chatting to one another. Best of all, they are doing a show at the end of July and she has been given the part of a mermaid with around 10 different lines to say! I hope its not too much for her, but then I am sure she will surprise me again and cope splendidly.

I am so proud of how brave and mature she has been – I probably would have run away the first day and not come back again!

The Bantam’s Bedtime Story

There are people you will encounter in life that need rescuing – whether it be from a situation, another person or even from themselves. Sometimes it will be a situation of their own making, sometimes it won’t.

They are floating in an unsafe sea. You want to help them, to reach out and grab their hand to stop them from being pulled under. Sometimes they only need to reach out for you, and sometimes they just need to kick their legs and paddle their arms and swim to safety. But if they don’t reach for you, don’t accept your help, or refuse to propel themselves forwards then there is nothing you can do for them. You can only float alongside them, keeping them company until they choose to act or until the sea takes them away from you.