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Tuesday, 27 September 2011

What is the nicest thing ever said to you? I wish you were my Mummy!

What is the nicest and kindest thing ever said to you?

This Friday just gone my friend stayed with us. While we were both sitting with my daughter while she read her Mr Men books, my friend said "I wish you were my Mummy!"

That has got to be the nicest thing ever said to me, apart from my little girl telling me she loves me more!

I wonder if I am the only Mummy that tumble dries their child's clothes for five minutes every morning so they are nice and warm?

Picture above is of me when I did a doll making course in Brighton in my younger days. Little girl below with the guitar is my little angel when she was just 2 years old, bless.

Thank you Auntie Nick Nack you made my Friday!, fairy songs, fairy portraits, art and crafts for children, music, fairy music, true stories, poems, children's stories, free fairy network for businesses and stay at home Mum's (Mom's)

Monday, 26 September 2011

Dyslexic and proud copying school work is not a crime!

I am very proud to be dyslexic and so is my partner! Lots of creative and successful people are dyslexic! I went to a dyslexia meeting last week because I am concerned about my little girl worrying about not being able to do her school work. Although they say dyslexia can run in families you do have to have an open mind as it does skip like an illness can. I have always said to people who refer to children that are bright or clever, that these children are just lucky as they have a good memory. The dyslexia meeting confirmed that memory is one of the biggest problems with dyslexia and therefore children need a lot more support and understanding. I have finally found books that she enjoys. Thank you Men Mr books, finally she is starting to enjoy reading and is making great progress. Here is Little Snowflake showing you how to draw some Mr Men characters.                                                                                                                                        

I would like the Government and Council to understand that every child is different and all children progress at different levels. The biggest problem we have is funding for our schools. Teachers and Teacher Assistants don't teach for the money that is for sure!Getting all children that struggle extra help is not going to happen. That is why the Government and Council are trying to sell off our school fields. Children need fun in life. They are all expected to grow up and are not allowed a childhood like we used to. I hope this school field and butterfly meadow gets saved. And hope children that struggle with work at school but are good at sports or art can shine.

You can not go on age ability when it comes to a child. And in my view these school inspections just put stress on teachers and schools to get all children to a high level. We don't need qualifications for every single job. That just puts people out of work, because everyone is different! I still laugh about the cleaning qualification.

Sit down and have a cup of tea, while I tell you a little story about what it was like for me as a little girl with dyslexia. Did you or your child ever struggle at school, please do leave me a comment below. The more we talk about things the better chance of getting things changed for the better! Here is my clever little girls drawing of Little Miss Tea Party. Her very own character based on her favourite Mr Men Books. We gave her teacher this tea cup as a thank you for being her teacher last term!

My Nan noticed I had learning difficulties. She could have been a teacher, just a shame she had a panic attack in the exams as she would have been amazing. Her English was perfect as she read for hours every night. At 6 years old I was getting my own breakfast and walking an hour to and from school because my poor Mum has been ill all my life. The medication prescribed to her made her so drowsy she could not function. I had very bad Asthma, and being around family cigarette smoke and animals did not help, hence off school a lot! Can you imagine laying on the sofa wheezing and fighting to breathe when everyone smoked! Back then they had no idea of the damage it was causing and now smoke outside when we visit. At school I used to copy because I did not want to be made fun of, and I did not want to be told off for not doing my work by the teacher. I have to say I am so glad I don't go to school now as I would never have coped with all the problems at home, health problems and the stress of being pushed to learn when I found it difficult.

My little girl is currently sitting on the sofa with one of her best friends reading the Mr Men books to there little toys. If your child is struggling to read and does not like reading, have a word with their teacher. A good teacher will tell you as long as they are reading it does not matter what they read!

Children see school as learning and home as a place to relax. Some children love to read because they have a good memory. Children that do not like reading are the ones that are struggling. A fun thing to do is to get one of your friends to read with you. Just reading to Mummy or Daddy can be a struggle as they want to play. Auntie Nick Nack has been amazing. The brick wall has come down and my little girl is at last enjoying to read. She loves to write so it will all come together when she is ready. I noticed that she was getting the word like mixed up with the word little and get mixed up with gel. Happens quite a lot with different words which is associated to dyslexia. Just need to keep practising.

Copying school work is not a crime, it is a cry for help! No child should be made fun of for getting something wrong. It is not all about being the best, it is about trying your best and if you cannot do it, then help is needed. I left school with no qualifications but I achieved so much when I left school. When I did a YOP Graphics Course I found it difficult, I could not type and left! I worked in a pub at the age of 18 years old and managed to learn to add up all the drinks. At 19 I was working in London and taught myself to type on a telex machine. I was told I could have been an amazing ship broker. I worked and moved around jobs. From receptionist to Managing Directors secretary was quite an achievement for someone with no qualifications! I find it really sad that I am expected to have qualifications to do secretarial work now when I have over 15 years worth of experience. Talk about putting people out of work!

My Mum said to me "Sharon you were always a good little girl, so grown up at such a young age." I was the little girl that washed up for my Mum every night for 50p a week, while my sister got paid a £1 for watching. I did not mind because it helped my Mum and I knew my real Dad's family did not treat my sister the way they spoilt me, which was unfair! I could have demanded more money or just refused to do the washing up. But I understood that my poor Mum was ill and I just wanted to give her a stress free life. My childhood was amazing because I got to be a real child and played in the big garden, park and on the beach. Pocket money is good for children only if they learn to work for it and appreciate it! When I look back on my childhood I have lots of wonderful and happy memories. My Mother's illness has made me a better Mother because I am happy to put my child first! I know I have to do something about the damp but she needs me.

Thank you Nick Nack for saying you wished I was your Mother. It means the world to know that you think I am doing a great job!, fairy songs, fairy portraits, art and crafts for children, music, fairy music, true stories, poems, children's stories, free fairy network for businesses and stay at home Mum's (Mom's)

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