• david the unicorn
    Parenting,  The A to Z Blogging Challenge 2019

    The A To Z Blogging Challenge: U is for Unicorn

    Today I’m writing about U and this is the post I’ve been desperate to write about since the challenge started. As soon as I started thinking about what I wanted each letter to represent, I made a list of things starting with each letter of the alphabet that are on my wish list and this was at the top. Although, obviously, because it begins with U I had to shift it to near the bottom. Anyway, I digress. U is for Unicorn and I don’t actually want a unicorn because that would just be silly but there is a story behind this. My son Luke is at that age when…

  • toddler speech delay
    Books,  Guest Posts,  Parenting

    Five Favourite Books For Encouraging Speech In Toddlers

    Here on Rock Paper Spirit, we love to welcome contributions from other writers and bloggers. Today we welcome blogger Kim Hogg for this special guest appearance, where she will be sharing which books are her favourites for encouraging speech in toddlers. My eldest son is 3 and while he is now seen to speak, it hasn’t always been this way. He was over 18 months old before he finally said “mum”, and he was nearly 3 before we could start to have a vaguely sensible conversation with him. I have spent a lot of time working on his speech at home, and have found a variety of activities that work…

  • hasbro play-doh jawsome sharks sea life centre
    Events,  Parenting

    Review: Jawsome Sharks at Sea Life Loch Lomond

    Last week was our half-term break here in East Ayrshire. I was faced with the problem that all parents encounter during school holidays. What was I going to do to entertain my very bored seven-year-old son? Well, for the first half of the holidays he was ill so it wasn’t an issue but by the end of the week cabin fever was setting in for both of us. Hasbro had invited me to visit the Sea Life Centre at Loch Lomond Shores because they’re running an event called Jawsome Sharks. It came at just the right time! I received a complimentary visit for me and my family to enable me…

  • Parenting,  Personal

    Seeing Results

    I just want to do a short post today because I’m busy finalising the latest Leger story. I do think this is worthy of a mention on my blog though. For those who don’t know, I have a seven-year-old son named Luke. Luke has faced many challenges in his short life but he has also had a lot of love directed at him and been given many opportunities that I never had, for example travelling. Luke was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at the age of four. He wasn’t able to communicate in a traditional way or as expected, although the communication is always there. We had minimal help and…

  • leadhills railway glengonnar review
    Mental Health,  Parenting

    What’s Bothering Me This Week: Men’s Mental Health

    Something has been bothering me this week. Although I have started to use my blog in a more professional and less personal way in recent months, I think this is worthy of a blog post. I want to talk about men crying. Hot topic these days, right? And so it should be. In Scotland this week, a musician took his own life. It feels like every few weeks, another young man in the public eye is taking his own life. As the mother of a son, this frightens me. How many more young men are we going to lose to suicide and depression? It’s not just the deaths of these…