MANAGING OVERWHELM AT CHRISTMAS

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Prepare yourself… the world is about to change!  December is a time of frantic shoppers, once-a-year social visits, flashing lights, bright decorations, loud and often incessant Christmas carols, and oh so many expectations (see below).  These are often challenging for all of us, and are particularly overwhelming for people living with FASD.  I wish there […]

ISOLATION TIME OUT

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I think that I would be mirroring the thoughts of many who care for someone living with FASD, when I say the last few months of unprecedented change in our modern world have brought challenges that we would never have foreseen.  The additional care which is now often required around the clock, every day of […]

SILVER LININGS

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Mama Maremma is a full-time carer for her child who is living with FASD. She likens herself to the Maremma breed of dog who are renowned as guardians and protectors. She made the choice to home school her son, finding that this is the best arrangement for him and for their family. In her blog […]

FAREWELL TO THE OLD YEAR

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A New Year has dawned and, according to tradition, I should make some resolutions.  Quite a few years ago I successfully pulled off some New Year resolutions, but this was after years of not being successful.  I eventually realised that these resolutions don’t magically happen just because it’s a new year; the clever thing to […]

REFLECTIONS

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I have always thought of the word “reflections” as referring to something beautiful.  Visions of a tranquil river, with native flora reflected upon its glassy surface, would come to mind.  Or a reflection would remind me how wonderful it is to remember a special moment in time and relive the memory in my mind.  Whilst […]

MORE THAN WORDS

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For the last week, every time I looked at myself in the mirror I felt like I was looking at something that the cat had dragged in.  I’ve gone from tired to fatigued in a matter of days and know that my looks resemble this fact.  The problem is, I can’t bring myself to do […]

SANTA…TO BE OR NOT TO BE

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As it is for many affected by FASD, December is the hardest time of year for our family. In addition to Christmas, our young person who lives with FASD celebrates his birthday early in the month. Once upon a time there was a clear respite of a few days between the two celebrations, but our […]

THE MORNING AFTER

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As I awoke this morning, at first it seemed “normal”. As usual, I was trying to ignore the gentle shaking my body was receiving, in the hope that it would cease and my mind could drift back into a much needed slumber. But as my “normal” morning goes, this gentle shaking progressed to a firmer […]

OUR HOLIDAY… OUR WAY!!

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We LOVE to go away on holiday and most particularly in our caravan.  Our caravan provides us with a home away from home, in which familiar items and routines (as much as possible) can be maintained for our child who lives with FASD.  Weeks, even months before a trip, I begin my planning.  I begin […]

EMPTY

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Have you ever felt empty?  Not just the feeling that leads to a grumbling stomach, but the gut wrenching emptiness that leaves you feeling numb?  Today, I feel like my Mama Maremma persona has failed.  After being pushed, attacked, sworn and yelled at, criticized and threatened continually throughout the day by my child who lives […]

WORLD GUIDING…A NEW LIFE SKILL TO LEARN

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The title of this blog may have you on the edge of your seats, anticipating an announcement that I, Mama Maremma (MM), have joined the dedicated Girl Guides movement and am about to conquer the world with many newly found skills.  Sadly, my Girl Guide days ended many years ago, although I do have fond […]

PREPARE YOURSELF…THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO CHANGE

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Whatever you are doing, wherever you are….STOP!!! Take a deep breath and slowly breathe that breath out as you prepare yourself for what I am about to tell you.  Here it is….THE WORLD IS ABOUT TO CHANGE.  For many of you who are like me (Mama Maremma) and who constantly monitor news regarding climate change, […]