Grand Central

Living with teenagers, whose every track is affected by their trauma, is like a train ride. Recently has been no different. We have moved house. We were on the coastal route, slow train by the sea. A chance to soak up the views. To kick back, and chill. A chance to look at the scenery.... Continue Reading →

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Moved

The week leading up to the move I had planned and theorised everything. I had tried to second guess every eventuality. I had kept the boys away from all the drama of the solicitors, estate agents, removal companies, buyers and sellers. It was all so stressful. I had plates spinning in every direction. Some precariously... Continue Reading →

Messaging…

As though things are not hard enough, we get people to stir things up even more. Sat there this morning, chilling out. Went to make second cup of coffee, saw that one of them was online. Popped up stairs to see if he wanted a coffee. Always good to get them moving early! He was... Continue Reading →

The Chat

I had dropped the Boy at the club. He was in a bit of a mood. Someone had said something that had made him cross. All was fine though. He was going to hang out with some mates after the club, so I was collecting him later. I could have gone home, but the other... Continue Reading →

Be Kind

This was several weeks ago, it has taken a while to process, and then other things have taken over, as always! I wrote last year about online bullying and also how  I support campaigns like those on TV's This Morning about being kind to each other on-line. A couple of things have been played out on-line this... Continue Reading →

An Epilogue?

It is has been a pretty full on couple of weeks. The events of Mate Crime followed by The Next Day had left us all reeling. Tom and James went to Scouts the following day. It was during Scouts Tom's phone started ringing. He answered a couple, then left the phone with one of the scout leaders. The scout... Continue Reading →

The Next Day

The next day after the events of Mate Crime,  James and I went to the police. I wanted support for Tom, who was, I felt he was being exploited and used. He needed support. Things were escalating. The police officer was really sympathetic. He took records. He understood the money was not the issue. He saw... Continue Reading →

Mate Crime

I think I had heard of Mate Crime, but not until this week did I really know what it is - thanks to my mate Befuddled Mum for explaining it to me. Mate Crime is where vulnerable people are used, abused, and / or exploited. Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group say: "Many vulnerable adults have few friends, and... Continue Reading →

One for the Boys

Back in November 2013 we were interviewed by Kate Hilpern (@KateHilpern), from The Guardian newspaper for an article about adoption and for National Adoption Week. I was very wary about the boys being interviewed, but they loved it. They were so proud of it. Kate was understanding and compassionate. She wanted to hear our story,... Continue Reading →

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