Having been suddenly plunged into a world of remote learning once again, my son was asking this morning how he could help my grandchildren. Many grandparents like myself are part of a support bubble and may also be anxious about how they can support so I thought I’d just share a few ideas to use with young children. None of these are rocket science and … Continue reading Learning in Lockdown
When this is all over … This Is Tommy’s refrain at the minute. Our conversations via FaceTime are discussions about what he’s been doing balanced with what he wants to do ‘when this is all over.’ I think many of us are feeling like that – what WILL happen in the future what will our new normal look like? More to the point what are … Continue reading When this is all over …
I make no apologies for once again asking everyone to support us. I know if you follow LimbBo foundation on social media you will know that our ‘board of smiles’ is our inspiration, the look on the faces of our children when they receive their arms or bikes is what keeps us going. Many of you have supported us with donations, time, spreading the word, finding … Continue reading LimbBo foundation – can you support us?
I’m a trustee for LimbBo foundation – you can see all about our work here – We support children like my grandson #TommyD who were born with a limb difference. Yesterday was one of those days that reaffirm your faith in human nature. Barnsley Live had chosen us to be their charity for 2019. What a day! We met so many amazing people, from our … Continue reading Barnsley Live Support LimbBo Foundation
…it’s messy, overgrown and deliberately left wild in places. It contains lots of what some people would call weeds but I love. Lots of dandelions, daisies, vetch. My pots are a random collection of old teapots, jugs, battered pots from previous years. My grandchildren love it – it’s full of snails, caterpillars and butterflies. They have their own magnifying glasses, binoculars (or goggles as LJ … Continue reading My garden is my sanctuary
Some people don’t like me and some people do. What a philosophical approach to life. Even more amazing when you realise this sentiment is from a four year old. We have always encouraged Tommy to be positive about his ‘little arm’ – it’s not a disability it just means he has to find different ways of approaching the world at times. He followed this statement by … Continue reading Find your person
I’m not sure it’s the norm for a teacher with over 30 years experience to be overwhelmed by a school, but this morning I wandered through a truly magical school where every inch of the corridors and learning spaces was a testament to thought, love and curiosity. It felt like a comfort blanket of everything I hold dear in Education. It’s a good job I … Continue reading Just proper magical!
My eyes won’t stop dripping – is the phrase Tommy uses to explain to me why he’s crying. Well my eyes have been really dripping this week. I am so proud of my little inspiration and his sister ( his parents make me cry too!). A group of limb different children and their families showed us what positive thinking, love, and a bit of ingenuity … Continue reading LimbBo Foundation meet up
My granddaughter LJ is my inspiration. She meets life head on and on her own terms. This morning we went to a pottery painting session. (Thank you @lescadeauxgifts ) The paints were a wonderful array of pastel colours in a circular palette. LJ started with one colour then decided that she wanted to use them all at once. She dipped her paint brush in each … Continue reading Life lessons from a 2 year old
Children don’t come with a manual. All children are unique and have their own strengths and areas where they need encouragement. We love them, we protect them and hopefully they thrive. We then have to give them the skills to cope on their own. My Tommy D is four next month and starts school in September. I’m heartbroken, he’s my Tommy, he’s too little, he’s … Continue reading Growing up