My apologies

I’ve attempted many blog posts, but something is happening: Frances is growing up and writing about her can be an invasion of privacy. So, while I find the line between my story and her story, posting will be somewhat sporadic. In the meantime, she’s still as funny as ever. We had been watching a YouTubeContinue reading “My apologies”

Trauma bay?

Since she was three years old, Frances has had an intense interest in all things medical 🏥. It shows up everywhere, especially at 11 years old. The other day during March break, Frances announced, as she typically does (literally) in passing, what was on her mind: “Mum, if someone were saying, ‘I can’t feel myContinue reading “Trauma bay?”

This must be Thursday…

The weather here has been ridiculously cold. We’ve all bundled up under extra blankets for windchills in the -20s and -30s. We’re approaching the end of January, and, unfortunately, Frances has been pretty sick for much of the month which has prevented her from enjoying the snow whenever it appeared. In fact, my highly active,Continue reading “This must be Thursday…”

Something to consider…

Frances has officially finished Grade 5. Her report card was excellent, and her teacher described her as “witty and sassy and delightful.” Frances’s teacher and I actually discussed my child’s humour which she described as dry beyond her years. It often does catch me (and her teacher) off guard. Take, for instance, the other evening.Continue reading “Something to consider…”

What about Bob?

Frances discovered Bob Ross and The Joy of Painting this morning on Netflix.  She found his mellow voice and unquestionably effectual techniques quite soothing, and asked, “Would this count as a documentary?” While technically not a documentary, I agreed to her watching it at bedtime because it has such an hypnotic effect on her. BobContinue reading “What about Bob?”

The docs

Frances’s preferred documentary topics are diverse. Each topic’s phase is quite intense, lasting anywhere from weeks to months, during which period she learns a great deal. It also means that I learn a great deal, too, because, after all, I am with her as she watches her docs. Before Frances had come along, I couldn’tContinue reading “The docs”

Where hides sleep…

  One of our main concerns is the issue of sleep. Despite her strict bedtime routine, sleep is difficult. (As in all things, predictability and knowing what to expect is key for our girl.)  In fact, just about every ASD parent with whom I have spoken has said the same: bedtime is a big issue.Continue reading “Where hides sleep…”