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Forum: The Childhood Years   08-18-2014, 10:48 AM
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Posted By LaughingHyena
That's what he's using at the moment. It does...

That's what he's using at the moment. It does look a little odd without the peddles, which I suspect is bothering him, it's also fairly heavy bike and I think that is making it difficult for him.
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Forum: Breastfeeding   08-18-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 308
Posted By LaughingHyena
I found it was all in the tone of voice....

I found it was all in the tone of voice. Sometimes it did feel like someone telling me to move, others felt more in a spirit of helpfulness. I've always said something along the lines of we're fine...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-18-2014, 03:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 510
Posted By LaughingHyena
I'm also there with a child who has never had a...

I'm also there with a child who has never had a dry night, it's very wearing changing the bed 2 or 3 times a week (and that's with pull ups on every night)

As far as I know we don't have any...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-18-2014, 01:41 AM
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Views: 205
Posted By LaughingHyena
balance bikes for older children question

DS is coming up to 8, and not yet able to ride. He has some special needs which mean I suspect he's not likely to get the hang of it any time soon either.

For family bike rides we use a tag a long...
Forum: The Childhood Years   08-18-2014, 01:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 361
Posted By LaughingHyena
If you can find a local course I would go for it....

If you can find a local course I would go for it. DD has done a couple now through a local charity and they've really improved her confidence and mine in her abilities.

The staff came into school...
Forum: Family Safety   07-19-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 395
Posted By LaughingHyena
I have read in several places a height limit of...

I have read in several places a height limit of 140cm, and weight of 40kg http://www2.mercedes-benz.co.uk/...
Forum: The Childhood Years   07-10-2014, 04:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 364
Posted By LaughingHyena
I can see it may be popular in some places but...

I can see it may be popular in some places but it's not something I would buy myself. Like the PP we do a craft or activity at the party which they then take home so it's not often I do party bags...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-07-2014, 12:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 876
Posted By LaughingHyena
Having a standard (ish) response is something...

Having a standard (ish) response is something that has really helped me with some situations. I think it also helps DS, I know he's picked up on a couple of my "go to" responses.

One example is...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-06-2014, 08:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By LaughingHyena
The out of sync child is a good book on sensory...

The out of sync child is a good book on sensory issues, I'm also told the out of sync child has fun is good although I haven't got round to reading that one yet.
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-04-2014, 11:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 279
Posted By LaughingHyena
We have the book when my worries get too big...

We have the book when my worries get too big which was recommended to us.

It's a series of sheets which you can fill in with your child about what they worry about, how the feel when they get...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   07-01-2014, 12:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 876
Posted By LaughingHyena
I can definitely relate to that. I'm not there...

I can definitely relate to that. I'm not there yet though.
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-29-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 876
Posted By LaughingHyena
I don't think there is a good way to for people...

I don't think there is a good way to for people to ask, they may well be waiting till you bring the subject up.

I recently went along for the first time to my local autism support group, to find...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-25-2014, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By LaughingHyena
Argghh,Not a good day DS came home...

Argghh,Not a good day

DS came home delighted that he has been chosen for his favourite event at sports day. The 3 legged race. The one and only thing I said I absolutely did not want him to do.
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Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-25-2014, 03:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By LaughingHyena
Thanks, they look fun and not something I've come...

Thanks, they look fun and not something I've come across before.

Had a meeting this week with school and set up a health care plan for him. Something we were already intending to do to formalise...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-24-2014, 04:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By LaughingHyena
Do you have a link for the water beads, I haven't...

Do you have a link for the water beads, I haven't come across those. We have a couple of trays for rice/shaving foam/moon sand sounds like they could be a change in there.

He loves play dough and...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-22-2014, 01:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By LaughingHyena
I do have it in the back of my mind to go to A&E...

I do have it in the back of my mind to go to A&E if he gets much worse. The issue was that he found the waiting room so hard to deal with last time there was not much the docs could do once they...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-22-2014, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 421
Posted By LaughingHyena
Are there any teens who might do some dog walking...

Are there any teens who might do some dog walking for you? Wondering if having a couple of people you could call on who might be able to pop round and take the dogs out for 1/2 hour or so would open...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-19-2014, 03:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By LaughingHyena
Limping getting worse, what could be causing it. Perthes?

First a bit of back story, back in September DS started limping one evening after a busy day on an inflatable obstacle course. The next morning when he woke up he could not bear weight on his leg at...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-16-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By LaughingHyena
I think a lot of the other mums at school think...

I think a lot of the other mums at school think I'm the silly one bringing a guitar by bike.

I liked the look of these, seemed like they would offer a bit more support/containment (we've had a lot...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-16-2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By LaughingHyena
Ours are all a fair bit older, but there is still...

Ours are all a fair bit older, but there is still that sense of negotiating new rules once they are out alone.

I think mine were about 4/5 when I started letting them out in the front with the...
Forum: Special Needs Parenting   06-14-2014, 11:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 388
Posted By LaughingHyena
After a couple of disastrous attempts we finally...

After a couple of disastrous attempts we finally got DSs eye tested at our local opticians this week.

It seems that there are not actually problems with his eyes (my main concern given the family...
Forum: The Childhood Years   06-13-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 429
Posted By LaughingHyena
Our burley d'lite has been great. It's pretty old...

Our burley d'lite has been great. It's pretty old now, at least 3 owners and 2 of us have used it daily, but it's still in great shape.

I think one of the most important things to look at is the...
Forum: Family Safety   06-12-2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By LaughingHyena
The best website for ERF in the UK seems to be ...

The best website for ERF in the UK seems to be

They have a list of places in the Rebublic of Ireland who sell ERF seats, also mentions which seats they sell which is useful.

There is a...
Forum: The Childhood Years   05-22-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 460
Posted By LaughingHyena
Do you have somewhere to build  den, that seems...

Do you have somewhere to build  den, that seems to be one of my kids favourite activities. With the trees it sounds like there should be some way to secure a tarp which could stand being outdoors...
Forum: Adoptive and Foster Parenting   05-19-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 230
Posted By LaughingHyena
some friends of ours are hoping to adopt. They...

some friends of ours are hoping to adopt. They should hear soon whether they are able to go ahead, after which the children may be placed with them fairly quickly from what I gather.
 
I'd like to...
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