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  1. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Hello lovely people, sorry for my absence but we've had interesting times, hopefully back on track now. Youngest seemed more than fine, then 2 days after half term he said he was struggling to cope with school again, especially at breaks when there are so many students in the corridors and the social areas. It looked like history was going to repeat itself, but the fantastic head of sixth form sorted out a meeting for the next day, by which time he'd spoken to all my son's teachers and come up with lots of strategies for reducing the stress. Most importantly he took time to listen, and didn't try to impose any solution. Youngest was back in school after 3 days, and so far hasn't needed to make use of any special arrangements; just knowing the measures are in place seems to be enough at the moment. He went to the area heat of the UK team maths championship yesterday, working with other students he barely knows. So I'm back to cautious hope rather than taking anything for granted. Still, life's immeasurably better than it was. It does make me realise how trouble-free eldest's school career was, and makes me feel rather guilty that we just expected him to get on with it. Glad you all seem to be doing ok. Enjoy (if that's the right word) the new Morrissey @lucyginger, new found connection with the neighbours @Yoghurt on a Stick, and adventures with playmobil @guypjfreak . Hope the business is taking off @fatyeti24 and @H.M.V, and @vintagelaureate I hope your daughter is continuing to do well. Sorry missed loads of you out, have a lovely weekend y'all.
  2. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Stay safe @crazyfool1 and any others in Ophelia's path. Never seen the sky looking like this before Great to hear you got the job @mr gumby, what will you be doing? Loved the fruit and veg animals. I believe a tomato is indeed a fruit; it might even be a berry, like a banana. @guypjfreak I really hope your friend's chemo isn't too tough and helps control his illness, also sending lots of love to you and your daughter @vintagelaureate . @carlosj sorry to hear that lack of support for AS has stopped your eldest from going to uni. It seems to be very inconsistent between institutions. My eldest doesn't have a diagnosis but he does have a lot of 'aspie' traits, and I think his inability to find people on the same wavelength at uni (even on a maths course!) contributed to his decision not to continue. I hope your eldest is able to find a niche - that's all any of us need really, despite all the exhortations to 'be the best you can be'. I hope everyone's ok; I haven't been posting because I'm stupidly busy and by the time I sit down to look on efests I'm falling asleep. I fell asleep today during a mindfulness exercise at work... Still, there are good reasons for the tiredness. There's been a marked increase in my paid work (well I suppose that's good for me, even though it's not good that more people need therapy). And I have to get up early because of the everyday miracle of my youngest still going to school, still enjoying 6th form. He got a great report last week, something of a contrast to the previous one which was issued shortly after he stopped going to school in yr 10. Then, some teachers who'd been falling over themselves at the beginning of term to say how brilliant his GCSE grades were going to be, decided that he was going to fail them because he'd missed 5 weeks of school. After nearly 2 years out of school he passed them all (and was in the top 5% of his year for maths). The teachers he has for A levels are those who refused to write him off, and they made all the difference. I'll be baking a lot of cakes to take into school this week, as well as special cake for Mr Moo, whose birthday is today Warm hugs to all xx
  3. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Thanks Dottie, I think it will be some time before I can believe it! Hope all is well with you?
  4. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Thanks Brunette, and do feel free to pm me. None of the cognitive approaches worked for my son as he couldn't identify what he was anxious about, and most of the time has no idea what he's thinking. The beauty of EMDR is that you don't need to know those things. It uses simple physical exercises which are effective even when your anxiety is sky high. My colleague has a great rapport with my son, which certainly helped (as it does with any therapy), but the techniques she taught him were what made the difference.
  5. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Sending you and your family big warm hugs VL, and all the very best for your daughter. xx
  6. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Wow, just wow. Who worked this magic?
  7. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Love the bunting! Have a wonderful wedding day.
  8. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    No pressure at all H, the important thing is that you're married by the end of the day. To Yeti, obvs Greetings lovelies, hope you're all calm and recovered from rum/gin/wine tasting/festival shenanigans. I am happily in a routine of getting up early (never thought I'd write that) and waving youngest off to the school bus. A week into yr 12 and it's going better than I dared hope; he seems to have found a niche with similarly nerdy friends, and is genuinely enjoying 6th form. He's even added another subject (having sworn he wouldn't do 4). After the isolation of the last couple of years it's amazing how good the prospect of parents' evenings feels. I'm so impressed by what EMDR therapy has done for my son I'm looking into doing some training so I can offer it to my clients, and free of charge to other students who are struggling with school. I can never adequately repay my colleague who provided free, life-changing therapy, but I can try to pay it forward.
  9. A little ramble

    What a fantastic life-affirming post @vintagelaureate. I hope your daughter continues to defy the odds; it sounds like she couldn't wish for better parents. Warm hugs to you and your family.
  10. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Good for Mrs G! What does she want to do instead?
  11. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    So your brushes with death started very early @Yoghurt on a Stick?! I can't drink spirits at all these days. I'm awaiting blood test results to see if they explain my sudden inability to enjoy or process alcohol. I keep trying in the name of research; half a glass of perry tasted nice a couple of hours ago, but has given me a hangover headache already. Hello lovelies, @mr gumby I hope you and all the rest who've been suffering with lurgies are feeling better now. @lucyginger I find honey, lemon and glycerine works wonders on a sore throat. @naughtygeorgie I envy you still having festivals to go to, and for having Monty bus. We'd love a campervan instead of our caravan, but the cost for a 4 berth with single bunks (so our strapping teenagers don't have to share a bed) is way too much for a vehicle we'd only use a few weeks of the year. Belated welcome @pauladam! Enjoy Mexico. Weather there has to be better than the depressing autumnal stuff we had here today. All the best for your new life in NZ @mjsell. Victorious last week was somewhat lacking a festival vibe, but in a great location and a ludicrously cheap day ticket. My bestie came home very happy as she loves Stereophonics (and I did all the driving). At the main stage I caught sight of this chap: He was actually wearing 4 items of headgear. Time to review your titfer options @stuartbert two hats? I took the plunge and bought youngest's school bus pass today (over £250 for one term). Fingers crossed he'll get full use of it this time...
  12. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Thanks for all your congratulations lovely peeps. Youngest is scoffing his way through a box of Monty Bojangles as I write. @Curlygirl while your scone may be more aesthetically pleasing I stand by the jam first principle. Not that I spend any time at all admiring the delicious pile of scone+jam+cream before cramming it in my mouth!
  13. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Overall a good set of results, decent passes in everything (including a grade 8 in maths which is brilliant), so he's definitely going to 6th form. He missed the grades he needs for 2 subjects by a couple of marks, so we need to do some negotiating with the teachers, but there should be allowances made. Given that he's been out of school 2 years and has only been able to get down to working properly in the last year, it's a miracle he's achieved so much. How lovely you are to your mum! Stereophonics are playing on Saturday, the main reason we're going as my bestie's a huge fan. But I also want to see Frank Turner and British Sea Power. I've never been before but it seems amazing value at under £40 for a day ticket.
  14. NFR NFC - to tide you over the fallow year

    Hello lovelies, apologies for my absence but I couldn't figure out the new format on my phone while I was on holiday, and then finding it hard to get back to 'real life'. @lucyginger sending you big hugs and hope you get through the crappy stuff soon. Happy belated birthday @cornish hick, and I hope you enjoyed the documentary @Quark. @guypjfreak I think I'll be joining you in the abstinence as I seem to have developed an intolerance to alcohol over the last few weeks, which means it doesn't make me drunk, just ill. After 4 decades of honing my drinking skills this is weird. Probably related to thyroxine dose which I need to convince the GP to increase. I hope everyone's having as good a summer as they can. I'm off to Victorious Festival on Saturday, but before that is the huge hurdle of GCSE results tomorrow. Along with about half a million other parents, I'm bricking it for youngest, who's come so far... Sending positive, warm vibes to all who need them.
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    Listening to the Scott Walker prom on 6 music. Wow, catch it on iplayer if you're not already listening.