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My son is an England U16 rugby player…

My son Kailus Hutchinson has overcome many challenges which could have reduced his life chances but he has triumphed and gone on to become a respected sportsman. Despite adversity he has achieved academically and has reached the highest level in English rugby for his age group. I dedicated my life to supporting my son and doing all I could to ... Read More »

Parent’s view – one left behind…

I’ve just asked my fifteen year old how he feels about having his older siblings at home for the holidays. I’d hoped he’d missed them generally but his reply left me somewhat reflective as he said, “Well at least I won’t have to do all the cleaning up myself when they’re back.”  He has grown up as the youngest of ... Read More »

Parent’s view – To push or not to push

I’ve always been mindful of my influence on my childrens’ education. I consider myself a good parent, have a great relationship with both of my sons and I hope that they think I am supportive and encouraging. For me though, it’s important that they don’t feel I was a ‘pushy parent’. Is this concern related to my own upbringing? Too ... Read More »

My Son is a gifted teenager

My husband and I were very ordinary, hard-working people – I was a nurse and my husband worked in IT. When our second son was born I took time off to look after him. As he grew up, I enjoyed every minute of being a mum, doing all the usual things like going to playgroup, playing in the park, visiting ... Read More »

My Son is a soldier

My son was always an active little boy who loved playing outdoors with his friends. He was also a talented footballer and a member of our local athletics club. He was a kind and thoughtful boy too – always thinking of others and putting their needs before his own. He expressed an interest in joining the army in his early ... Read More »

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