Spoonie Parenting

Rocking Motherhood in 10 different ways – despite chronic illness

When I saw that Natalie from Surviving Life's Hurdles tagged me in a post about 'Rocking Motherhood', I felt both flattered and a bit nervous.  If you ask my husband, one of the biggest things that I worry about is being a good mum to our kids (aged 9 and 7) despite me having MS.  I stress… Continue reading Rocking Motherhood in 10 different ways – despite chronic illness

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Children’s Parties for Spoonie Parents

So, we have survived my daughter's 7th birthday party!  A couple of months ago, I decided to mistakenly  ask her what she wanted to do for her birthday: a lovely family day out at the beach?  A trip to see Disney on Ice?  Going to a pottery studio?  No! A pizza party at home with a few… Continue reading Children’s Parties for Spoonie Parents

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‘My Tummy Looks Fat’ – Body Image, my Kids and my Chronic Illness

"Mummy, I don't like my tummy...it looks fat."   Imagine my horror when my 6 - year old daughter (yes, I said 6) said this to me the other day while I was helping her apply her nightly eczema cream.  Apparently, a child in her class had commented that it looked as though she had… Continue reading ‘My Tummy Looks Fat’ – Body Image, my Kids and my Chronic Illness

Healthy Living with MS · OMS · Recipes · Spoonie Parenting

A Child-Approved Green Veg Risotto

Another recipe from me which I just felt that I had to share.  Not least because both kids cleared their plates, with no cajoling or bribery needed. This risotto is: creamy comforting filling healthy plant-based I use the oven baking method, so no need to stand over the hot cooker.  Vegan parmesan (made from cashews,… Continue reading A Child-Approved Green Veg Risotto

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Surviving – and enjoying – the holidays when you have a chronic illness

I would love to able to say that I am mega-super-organised at this time of year; that I have bought and wrapped my presents, menu planned and arranged exciting Christmas crafts for the kids, so I can sit back, relax and crack open the mulled wine.  But the reality is that I have done some shopping and… Continue reading Surviving – and enjoying – the holidays when you have a chronic illness

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Hi Ho Hi Ho, It’s Off To School We Go…

As another summer draws to a close, we are hurriedly organising school clothes, shoes and summer homework.  And with each year that goes past, I feel less and less organised and panic that I have left something out and that Alex and Ava will be going to school wearing holey shoes and unlabelled jumpers.  Whether… Continue reading Hi Ho Hi Ho, It’s Off To School We Go…

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Taking Chronic Illness on Holiday

So, I have just returned from my summer holiday - which I was really looking forward to (10 days off work, yippee!), but also viewing with trepidation and worry about how I was going to manage as a person with a chronic illness (see this post). We decided to take the kids 'glamping' this year.  They… Continue reading Taking Chronic Illness on Holiday