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A bit about me part 1

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My name is Kathy and I am a mother to 2 young girls aged 3 and 6.  I live with my partner with whom I have been with for 4 years.  These 3 people are my world and the people I live for.  I have worked in retail since I was 16 years old, that’s a massive 14 years of non-stop work.  I have always done casual hours and have only ever taken time off work to have my children.  Even then, I was only off work for no more than 8 weeks.  As a casual I couldn’t afford to take too much time off work.

About 3 years ago I became incredibly frustrated with knowing that I couldn’t make something of myself while I was working in the retail business.  I was literally in a dead end job with no possibility for progressing into an even better role.  So…

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Being a stay at home mum

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I have always wanted to be a stay at home mum, but thought it was never going to happen.  In this day and age you have to work to pay the bills so you can have a roof over your head food, clothes and transportation of some kind as well as life’s little luxuries.

It took me a few years but I am finally one to wake up to the children without complaint, thanks to a morning routine I gave myself.  If it wasn’t for that sweet can of Red Bull or coffee I would be a morning wreck and both my girls and partner would be grumpy because of the lack of sleep I generally get each night.

A few weeks ago I was given the chance to be a full time stay at home mum.  After years of working casually up to 4 days a week between 4…

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Reading to my children

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There is nothing more I enjoy than reading to my children.  When Sydney (my eldest) was younger she would sit in my lap and have me read to her for hours.  Her favourite stories were those hard cover stories that were designed for children of a certain age like my then 2 year old daughter.  I would have to read the same story more than 20 times each.

Admittedly I became fed up and decided to get a little creative with the story.  This is where I started using funny voices, or would ask questions about the story.  What colour dress is Cinderella wearing?  What kind of animal is Cushie Butterfield?  Can you tell me how the character is feeling?  Happy, sad, angry, annoyed, scared?  The list went on.

After a while, Sydney became so good at identify colours, animals, emotions and even page numbers.  I’m sure most mothers can…

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Listening to children communicate

My daughter has a blog now so I am going to reblog some of her posts till she get some followers

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This afternoon I was walking home with my eldest daughter Sydney and her friend K and I decided to take a step back from talking to them and discussing their day and instead listen to them talk to each other while they walked.

I was absolutely fascinated at what they spoke about and how the conversation progressed into a new topic.  As we were crossing the road K yelled out “you can’t run across the road cos you could fall and a car might hit you and you will die”.  For a few minutes both girls were discussing how when you die you go to heaven which is some place in the sky.

What had me even more fascinated was how K described how you ‘get up into the sky’.  Her theory is that another part of you comes to take you to the sky.  Both girls were adamant that…

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Feeling better and Port Arthur Massacre

Hello all, I am much better today, thankfully I was in bed bloody early last night and by bloody early I mean 7.15pm I couldn’t see the point in staying up when I felt like shit.

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Port Arthur Massacre, Port Arthur is in Tasmania it is a former prison colony and a popular tourist site, 35 people were killed and 23 wounded when a mad man because let’s be honest do sane people go around killing innocent people me thinks not although some are pretty sane but this fella wasn’t one of them.

The killer was a 28 year old from Hobart his name was Martin Bryant, he was found guilty and given 35 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

Moving on I had an appointment this morning at Leo’s school with his principal nothing bad though she just wanted to touch base with me as Leo will be going to Creative Times it is run by the Samaritans and is an after school group for 8-12 year olds, although I think Jessica said he might be going during school hours, the hope is that he will learn how to interact with other as at times he as a problem with interacting. I also found out that last term Leo’s whole class did different activates at Creative Times so he knows a little about the place already.

The principal said Leo is a charming boy and very popular with the staff and has a lot of friends as well but at times he has problems understanding non verbal signs like if another child is finding Leo a bit full on unless the child says something Leo can’t tell that he is annoying the other child.

Ok that is all I have for today, I am in pain with my back and arm so I am going to sit back put my feet up and watch The Chase

A bit more about me………..my education

Ok let us talk about my education, this could be a short post, since I have bugga all education……lol

Ok I started school when I was 5, I went to Gateshead primary school, then onto Gateshead high school, I left at the end of year 10. When I was at school you could leave any time after turning 14yrs & 9mths, however, now days you are expected to go through to the end of year 12 which I think is stupid as I can tell you there was no way I could have done years 11 & 12 I just wasn’t smart enough.

When I was in high school I was in a C class, in fact I was in & 7C2 and was in the C2 class all way through high school this was the class above the “dummies” class which was 7D1 which was also known as the OA class which had those student who had some kind of intellectual disability but this class still in my days had around 20-30 students in it.

Now days there are generally two levels of classes for students with some kind of intellectual disability the first level is what is called an IM class, then there is the IO class, the IM class is for students with a mild intellectual disability or what is usually called a learning disability, the IO class is for students with a moderate intellectual disability.

So this said I think if I was in school today I would be in an IM class as the IO class is what we called the OA class. Tim was in an OA class when he was at school and he left half way through year 8 as soon as he was able to do so but this isn’t a post about him it is about me.

As I said I left school at the end of year 10, now I can tell you when I sat the year 10 school certificate exams I failed the english exam getting only 48% the other exams science and maths I did better on getting around 60-70%.

When I left school I had no idea what I was going to do and had no intention of doing any more studying but as it turned out I did a secretarial course at Tafe (Technical and Further Education) only because my best friend at the time wanted to do one but as it turned out I got into the course and she didn’t.

Did I like school?

No I did not but I went every bloody day because it was just what was expected, it never occurred to me not to attend each day. Yeah many students skip school but not me in a year I would have only 1 or 2 days off school because I was sick.