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Pre-teens are a difficult age in some ways with starting to hit puberty and also wanting to be less of a child. Ben is 12 and in some ways he is like a teenager but he is also still my little boy. I want him to grow to look after himself which of course given his autism will be harder to learn etc. Pre-teens aged 9-12 have so much to deal with. Learning their own style and taking care of themselves being the most fun but also most challenging in some respects. Brushing teeth can be a battle too!

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I have suffered with depression since quite a young age. I know as young as 11/12 I first felt suicidal and worthless and over the years this has never completely gone, I have gone through periods it has been better than others but it has always been there. I have since around that time, possibly in some aspects before, had very low self confidence and hated myself in general not just my physical appearance. I have had counselling which looked at the underlying issues behind a lot of this. I will try to be as open in this post as I can as I am not ashamed of my depression. If I had a physical condition like epilepsy for example there wouldn’t be a stigma about saying I have it so I do not believe there should be for depression. I am certainly not looking for sympathy or reassurance just to be open and honest and hopefully help others.

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Although the weather seems a little undecided the clocks are now in British summer time and allegedly it will soon be summer. So how can we make sure the family car is summer ready? I have some ideas here that are probably a bit different to others as I am not at all mechanically minded! I think more of practicality and comfort. So how do I suggest you make sure your car is summer ready?

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Easter is a time of year you really might not be looking forward to if you are trying to eat healthily. All that chocolate, hot cross buns dripping with butter and big roast dinners with all the trimmings. If you want to buy gifts that are much healthier than massive chocolate eggs then there are many out there from DVDs and books to days out at the farm to see lambs. Here are a few ideas you might like.

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Whilst I would love to have a house with a huge kitchen and lots of space the reality is I don’t and I am sure neither do you. I have spent a little time the last few weeks decluttering our kitchen whilst cooking or cleaning and thought I would share a few quick tips.

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It is a long time since I rode a bike but it is an activity I would like to start again. Stuart enjoys cycling and in nice weather sometimes cycles to work and back each day. It is around 13 miles for him each way so quite a workout! Cycling really is a good pastime and doesn’t have to be too expensive so I thought I would share with you 5 reasons to start cycling this spring.

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This is a meal Stuart really enjoys so when I made it for him the other day I thought I would try and take some photos and share the recipe I used with you guys. I hope you try it and enjoy it too.

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I was recently making Stuart a Cowboy pie (recipe to follow) and decided to make myself something a bit different. It is a bit of a take on Homity pie I guess but cheesier! So this is how I made it, if you enjoy it do let me know.

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As you know I have recently started wearing glasses for work at the computer, watching TV, reading etc. I only have quite a weak prescription but I have noticed a huge difference as my eyes were straining a lot. My eyes also really struggled to adjust when I moved from working at the laptop to looking at something else. I was blinking a lot trying to focus and having headaches. It wasn’t until I got my glasses that I realised how much I needed help with my vision and the difference it has made.

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Those who have followed my blog for a while will probably have read previous posts I have written about my Dad. If you haven’t and wish to before reading this feel free they are here:

Why Father’s Day is not for me and my Dad and DNA isn’t all that – my latest discovery.

My Dad passed away yesterday. I often find it rather therapeutic to write down my feelings so I am doing it here. Maybe if anyone else has had similar experiences it will bring them some comfort to feel less alone too. I am lucky that my step dad is amazing and a great father figure to me though of course it is never the same.

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