Author Archives | hakea

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groupworker, parent educator, therapist, mother of three boys.

and so it goes

August 24, 2015

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Well, our middle boy who has Coeliac Disease has taken us on quite a journey. A few weeks into his new diet, I put out some syrup for the other boys to have with their pancakes. I wasn’t paying attention, and neither was my middle boy. I heard an “uh oh”. He had poured the syrup […]

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it’s been a week

June 13, 2015

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It’s been a week since we started the gluten-free diet for the middle boy. He’s doing very well coming to terms with being coeliac. He has been extremely tired and wrung-out. We figure he has to get used to the new diet, and give his body time to heal. Now we think the youngest boy […]

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free the glutens

June 7, 2015

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You could be forgiven for thinking that I have only two sons. I usually only write about the eldest or the youngest because they frequently challenge me. There is a middle boy. He is no fuss at all. He is sociable, funny, amiable, and smart. He does his school work on time and independently. I don’t […]

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snapshot – may twenty-fifteen

May 2, 2015

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I am… . cooking :  Cooking is not my forte. And I’m not in a cooking mood at the moment. By special request, I made a minestrone soup a few weeks ago. I do make a hearty and life sustaining minestrone, and the boys loved it. . drinking : Tantric Turtle‘s loose leaf chai tea […]

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we keep learning

May 2, 2015

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My youngest boy is now 9. He has spent the past 7 months going to occupational therapy (OT). The therapist has been focusing on his core strength, and he has been doing really well. The tantrums at home have ceased. He is still doing lots of sport and activity and that has complemented the OT. […]

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sequel to ‘high school woes’

December 23, 2014

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Original post – high school woes. He spent the year being angry and frustrated. It’s been a hard year. He was bored. Not challenged. He was so demotivated this year he didn’t even play soccer or cricket. He plays trumpet but he wouldn’t join the school band. I was right though. The Year 7 standard exam […]

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sequel to ‘ a quirky little kid’

December 22, 2014

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I am so glad that I wrote the post a quirky little kid. I had forgotten some of the stuff I wrote back then. It reminds me of my despair in trying to help my youngest son with his social and emotional competence. At the end of all of the testing with the psychologist, all she […]

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this little dog

December 21, 2014

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It was 45 degrees Celsius. About 6pm, Friday night. I was out with the eldest boy at his tutoring lesson. My husband noticed that our eldest dog, Fergus, was jumping into the water bowl. He was jumping at the water and splashing it onto himself but didn’t appear to be able to drink. My husband […]

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high school woes

March 24, 2014

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Ivan Illich might be slightly amused by all of the troubles I have had with schools lately. He might even say “I told you so”. This year, the eldest boy went into high school. It was something that he did with great anticipation. Ever since he had attended the local high school’s orientation night when […]

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a quirky little kid

March 24, 2014

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My youngest boy is a quirky little fella. I’ve written on this blog a few times about his energy levels. He is the Master of Distractible and Fidgetty. He has always been a “bull at a gate”. He rushes in without thinking, and is all over the place. He breaks his toys, not maliciously, but all […]

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