Hairdressing Tips for Kids with Special Needs

Does your child with special needs do all they can to avoid having their hair cut or brushed? Here are our top tips for hairdressing without the tears, as well as a chance for UK readers to win a magic Tangle Teezer and funky Popband.


Let your child choose hair brushes, braids and bobbles

Mia has always loved having her hair brushed, cut, twirled, plaited, twizzled and filled with as many hairslides and bobbles as she can muster. Her need for girliness has always outweighed my hairdressing skills by far. I still couldn't do a French Plait if my life depended on it!


Tears, Tantrums and Tiaras: Avoiding Hairdressing

Natty couldn't be more different. With her it's always been full on war to get a brush anywhere near her head. From washing to combing and cutting and every stage in between, we've been met with a full on tantrum or tears or running and hiding in a corner. 

Chatty Natty Goes Live on Facebook

Never a social media platform to sit still, Facebook has launched a new-fangled way of interacting with our communities, and it's one that will benefit us all and bust a few myths about Down's syndrome.


Join us each evening for Facebook Live streaming


I was happily bumbling along my newsfeed the other day and stumbled across two different friends broadcasting via Facebook Live. Honest Mum Vicki Psarias was telling us about her celeb cooking adventures with Jamie Oliver, and Sarah Jackson, the Fermented Foodie was bouncing on her trampoline and chatting to all who were watching about getting healthy.

Tooth Watch - Tops Tips for Teeth

I recall clearly the worry when Natty's very first tooth fell out. I'd heard somewhere about a need for prophylactic antibiotics lost teeth and heart conditions, so I took her to the dentist.  

Natty was relaxed about it all of course, and the dentist very kindly told us not to worry and sent us home, somehow managing not to make me feel too neurotic.






Tooth watch


Natty wasn't too concerned and when tooth number 2 fell out we didn't notice until toothbrushing time that evening. I suspect it was somewhere in the play park, nestled in the grass beneath the see saw. The Toothless Fairy visited regardless. 


So far so good I thought...

All in the Same Boat - Not Heading to Holland


This week saw the launch of my column over on the Firefly Community, an amazing hub for parents and professional who work with children with special needs and disabilities. Do stop by and join in the conversation, or check out their amazing mobility products. 

It's a community that is very varied, and it got me thinking about what it is to be a SEND parent, if indeed there is such a thing. 

All in the same boat - not heading to Holland 


We are all so different, as are our children, but yet we share common threads. And then I got to thinking about Welcome to Holland and what it means to me.

5 Tips for Encouraging Confident Walkers - A Moccis Giveaway!

We have a fabulous pair of original hand-sewn Swedish Moccis moccasins to give-away in this post!

But how do they relate to helping your child learn to walk? Well it's all about confidence, support and practice and here are my 5 tips.



Win a pair of Moccis slipper socks - ideal for encouraging confident walkers


5 Tips for Confident Walkers



1 - Don't compare your child to others. Some children with Down's syndrome walk at around one year and for others it can be three to four years. Having hyper mobility makes the task twice as tricky, so celebrate their achievements and give them plenty of encouragement.

Why I Wasn't at Britmums Live 2016

Why I wasn't at Britmums Live 2016 and I wish I had been.. 

Britmums Live has been an integral part of my blogging journey.



I walked around heavy of heart this weekend, watching the Twitter feeds and wishing everyone well, smiling from afar, but still regretting that I was not among them.

This would have been my 5th BML and the largest blogging conference in the UK has been a crucial part of Downs Side Up right since the very beginning.

A Question We Should Never Have Been Asked?




Growing up
Mum used to make ends meet by opening our home up to English language students and providing accommodation during their study trips.

We'd all budge up and various European youngsters would fill our home with exotic stories, gifts from afar and new exciting fashions. I learnt from a young age to speak more clearly so they could understand me, and would delight in helping them with their homework and playing board games round the table.