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As well as being a freelance writer I am also a qualified counsellor and I work for a low cost counselling service in Exeter and for the NHS Gender Clinic also in Exeter.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bouncy castles

We went to a fabulous children's party on Sunday, the children loved it and I had a nice relax with a few glasses of red wine whilst chatting.

It was interesting to see how far Archie has come in the last year or so. A year ago he wouldn't have strayed away from either Mike or myself, if a child had approached him he probably would have cried and he would never ever have wanted to go on a bouncy castle if anyone else was on there.

Now it's a completely different ball game. Half the time he was off chatting to other people and mingling with other children, the other half of the time all he wanted to do was go on the bouncy castle and he didn't care how many children were on there.

Of course this leap of confidence is brilliant but poses a dilemma because half the posts I read on the SED/Kniest mailing list I belong to are about neck instability and children needing fusions of the neck bones to increase its stability.

An unstable neck is not a good thing. If something goes wrong at that level... it doesn't bear thinking about really. It just comes back to that balancing act - wanting Archie to have a normal life, doing what his peers and his younger brother are doing, and not wanting him to injure himself.

I often try to be a laid back parent and it's normally only after the event that I go into a 'oh my god what if XX had happened'.

Since the party Ben has also started trying to do head over heels, he obviously saw another child do it... now if Archie tries to get into that activity I really will need more than a few glasses of red wine.

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