Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Jydan starts school!

Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look’em over with care. About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.” With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet, you’re too smart to go down a not-so-good street.

And you may not find any you’ll want to go down. In that case, of course, you’ll head straight out of town. It’s opener there in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen and frequently do to people as brainy and footsy as you.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

Oh! The Places You’ll Go!

You’ll be on your way up!
You’ll be seeing great sights!
You’ll join the high fliers who soar to high heights.

You won’t lag behind, because you’ll have the speed. You’ll pass the whole gang and you’ll soon take the lead. Wherever you fly, you’ll be best of the best. Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don’t.
Because, sometimes, you won’t.

You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecai Ale Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So…get on your way!

Mummy rambles of starting school!

Is it okay to call the school to tell them to put on Jydans jumper?
It's cold. It's going to rain. Can I ask them not to send him outside? It's cold. He's going to get sick. It's going to rain. He doesn't have his jumper on!!! Can they put the heater on? Why dont the school pants come in smaller sizes??
 Talking of pants, I hope he remembers to go to the toilet!! He gets so distracted! I've packed him spare pants, but what if he forgets they're in his bag?
Will the teacher remind him? She has so many other kids. What if she forgets about him?
Did I pack him enough lunch?
Can he open the packets?
Will he like his food?
Will he have enough time to eat?
Has he got enough water??

He's only FOUR!!! Like baby four, just turned four, not ready to leave home yet, four!
He still likes sleepy cuddles and comfort teddies, four!

What if he doesn't make friends?
What if he's naughty??
What if he gets sad?
What happens if he wants to take a nap!
What if he hurts himself?
What if he misses me!!

It takes 20 minutes to walk to school, that's way too long. I need to move closer. What if he needs me now, and I'm just sitting on the couch looking through photos of him. I should be waiting at the school. I should of lied about his age. He's too young. He should of waited another 10 years.

What if I picked the wrong school??
What if he has an allergic reaction?

My home isn't the same, I need my little man back, is it too late to keep him home?

I'm the last mumma to leave and the first mumma at pickup, counting down the hours until I pick my biggest cub up.

If I like it or not, he's off and growing up, and absolutely loving it. He's never been so excited.

- Harley xx

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Allergy Awareness, what does it mean to you?

"Its not fair that my child misses out" I'm seeing too often and I can't wrap my head around it!

So let me ask...

Are you really allergy aware?
Are you aware that food can potentially cause death? Food allergy is the leading cause of anaphylaxis. 10 people a year DIE from anaphylaxis.
Could you really live with the fact that you essentially could of avoided a child becoming extrenemly I'll or hospitalized, because you thought your child eating a particular food was MORE IMPORTANT?!

There is no cure for food allergies, food avoidance is the only way to prevent a reaction, and is crucial.

So what is a food allergy?

A food allergy is an immune system response to a food protein that the body mistakenly believes is harmful. When the individual eats food containing that protein, the immune system releases massive amounts of chemicals, triggering symptoms that can affect a person’s breathing, gastrointestinal tract, skin and/or heart.

Signs and symptoms of food allergy can be mild, moderate or severe. An allergic reaction can include; hives, swelling of the lips, face and eyes, abdominal pain, vomiting, swelling of the tongue, swelling of the throat, breathing difficulty, persistent dizziness and/collapse. If left untreated, signs and symptoms related to breathing and heart/blood pressure can be fatal.

Within moments after eating mayo in a "ham & cheese sandwich" we ordered. Lips and chin and cheeks starting to swell, very red and sore, rash appeared.

Within 10 minutes, eyes swelled almost shut, tongue swelled, unable to swallow saliva properly. Cheeks and chin very swollen. Rash began appearing all over body.

Within a day entire body was covered in sore raw eczema. Hours of screaming from the pain and unable to sleep for days. Vomiting.

I urge you to please become more allergy aware.

-Harley & Jydan xx

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The decade of the word bully.

Bully. The word of the decade.
I know there's a huge need to stamp out bullying, but over using  and incorrectly using the word bully, is only belittling the hard work charities are doing to work against bullying.

It seems that every second person is a so-called bully these days, and the word is becoming meaningless. Especially in social media. I have been high-school bullied. I was pushed, shoved, punched and belittled. I can tell you you now, sharing views or opinions, and having someone disagree and proclaim it's bullying behaviour, only makes true bullying seem less harmless then it actually is. And that's incredibly scary! In fact, it's definying bullying as something so minimal, that bullying is becoming a bigger issue. Why? Because now, everyone is so completely God damn sick of everyone calling each other a fucking bully, anyone that genually is actually, like actually for real, a bully, is getting away with their behaviour!

THIS is the definition of bullying;

A definition of bullying

Bullying is repeated verbal, physical, social or psychological behaviour that is harmful and involves the misuse of power by an individual or group towards one or more persons. Cyberbullying refers to bullying through information and communication technologies.

Bullying can involve humiliation, domination, intimidation, victimisation and all forms of harassment including that based on sex, race, disability, homosexuality or transgender. Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved including bystanders.

Bullying can happen anywhere: at school, travelling to and from school, in sporting teams, between neighbours or in the workplace.

Bullying behaviour can be:

verbal eg name calling, teasing, abuse, putdowns, sarcasm, insults, threats

physical eg hitting, punching, kicking, scratching, tripping, spittingsocial eg ignoring, excluding, ostracising, alienating, making inappropriate gesturespsychological eg spreading rumours, dirty looks, hiding or damaging possessions, malicious SMS and email messages, inappropriate use of camera phones.

Conflict or fights between equals and single incidents are not defined as bullying.

 Bullying behavior is not;

children not getting along well. A situation of mutual conflictsingle episodes of nastiness or random acts of aggression or intimidation.

(Source )

Let's re-word that last bit.

Bullying is not;

-ADULTS NOT GETTING ALONG WELL. (Act like a fucking adult and move on in life)
-A SITUATION OF MUTUAL CONFLICT. (Act like a fucking adult and move on in life)
-SINGLE EPISIDES OF NASTININESS. (Act like a fucking adult and move on in life)
-OR RANDOM ACTS OF AGGRESSION OR INTIMIDATION. (Act like a fucking adult and move on in life)

So let's lay of the word "bully" when you don't like someone's opinion, someone's views, someone's strength or confidence or don't get along with someone. Let's only use the word bullying / bully for it's true meaning so bulling problems can actually be stamped out.

Let's make 2017 the year people stopped being so damn dramatic over the word bully.

-Harley xx