Homeschooling Do We Really Have A Choice??

So .. Apologies for not blogging for a few weeks, I have been super stressed sorting appeals and tribunals blah blah blah.

Why oh why is our schooling system such a shambles and our local authority to match?

To be brutely honest with you I spend my life fighting this fighting that .. Why??? My children have special needs that’s why! You would think in this day and age it wouldn’t be an issue but it is. It’s still a massive issue sending children and parents into a massive spiral of upset and depression.

Whilst we try everything to help our SEND kids cope in State schools that are ill-equipped to cope with special needs and all we hear is “we don’t have the funding for your child”

Well, that’s a joke, they don’t even have enough funding even with an EHCP (Educational, Health, Care, Plan) so what hope has the children who don’t have one got at all?

So my question is… Why the bloody hell has the government not yet said this EHCP idea isn’t working and the kids are suffering for it!!! Why are the schools not making a stand telling the government that the money they are giving them isn’t satisfactory enough to offer a good enough education and that they either need to change the EHCP system or provide more funding specifically for SEND? Currently, we are in a vicious circle where the schools can’t offer support to the kids that don’t qualify and to get an EHCP is virtually impossible!

So what happens to the children in the middle… Well, they aren’t cared for, provided for or let’s face it given a shit about! after all who cares about the kids that aren’t going to improve the league tables.

So I have recently applied for an outside catchment secondary school as the ones that surround us are diabolical. Of course, we didn’t get it, on the day of finding out they didn’t give us anything on our choice list and they gave us a school which would be a round trip of up to 3 hours a day to take him and pick him up. I found myself in a tearful mush all day and couldn’t stop crying thinking what am I gonna with my poor boy.

So I started looking at homeschooling, which frightened me as I didn’t know enough about it and I thought I am not clever enough to teach my kids to be GCSE ready.

HOWEVER!!! what choice do I have right? its either that or subject him to the harsh reality of “We don’t have the funding for your son”  just like my poor 16-year-old lad faced for all of his school life. No, I have had enough of that to last me a lifetime thanks!

So Homeschooling it is then… After reading up on homeschool and all of the benefits it has, I am not sure why I was worried. However, for me, this is the right avenue but I am lucky in the fact that I work from home. Did you know that homeschooling has risen by 40% so if its risen by 40% where is all the money going that no longer is being spent on that 40% ????

Eye-opening isn’t it !!

So … Goodbye SHIT SCHOOLING SYSTEM and hello to an easier less stressful life where my kids will smile, spend time with other homeschoolers so their social life does not diminish LOL Learn the things they want to learn and they will no longer be dictated to and told who they should be, by a system that doesn’t give a crap about them.

So if you are struggling to come to terms with the treatment your child is facing? Look into HomeSchooling you might be as surprised as me.

Until the next time.

Em xxx

“These Are My Opinions, Please don’t be offended by mine and by all means have your own”

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WOW… Here Comes The Red Head!

So .. as you all know for many years, I am have been a Published Profesional Photographer. Sadly I had to give it up as my full-time job due to health reasons, c’est la vie.

However, on a positive note, this then leaves me to do all the fun types of photography that I love doing, rather than stuff you find yourself having to do for money. (whilst secretly thinking my goodness this is boring me to tears haha.)

I have written a children’s book ‘Who Are You? The Big Taboo…‘and I decided I would use my talents (as a photographer) and my beautiful daughter to create an advertisement for my book via a photoshoot. Honey-Mae agreed to this as she loves to pose and the thought of receiving lots of new clothes for the shoot clinched the deal.

So we were off, Darren and Kasper had gone off to have a Man Utd Ground Tour, for the day and Connor had gone off to do Clay Pigeon shooting.

So this left the girls to go off to the dog walking woods down the road, with many charged camera batteries and several outfits including some rather fabulous hats!

PLUS … Not forgetting a copy of my fab Children’s Book ( even if I do say so myself)

We grabbed a costa (of course) as I don’t function that early in the morning without coffee and headed over. Honey was excited and so was I, however even though my daughter is beautiful, with her red hair, blue eyes, freckles plus a fab front tooth gap that most modelling agencies die for, the reason for this is because it makes a model very different from the usual looking beautiful person. But that’s my Honey-Mae she is very unique in many ways.

To me she has always been my Honey, I have always thought she was stunning but then I am her Mum I should think that. Many people have told me over the years, “oh my goodness she is so adorable and so beautiful she should be a child model”.

She hadn’t ever really shown much interest apart from modelling for me which was a regular thing. She enjoyed being around my models and watching Crazy Creative Beauty Shoot ideas unfold.

But to be truthful, unless my children want to do something I don’t push it. I am far from the pushy parent. So I thought it’s her choice, it will most likely never happen which is fine with me …

So, to my amazement, the “It will most likely never happen” has in fact happened.

So here are the results from her first ever shoot at 9 years old in 2019, let’s just bear in mind she hasn’t modelled for a long time as I had so much time off due to illness before.

So here are the results, they are just astounding..

From these photos, she has been offered several modelling agencies.

AND SHE WANTS TO DO IT APPARENTLY !!!!! WHAT???? I did not expect it to be honest.

I love that finally, she has found something to do that she enjoys, well, for now, anyway. I think the thought of money was the final deal clinch lol

Funny that my daughter hears the words clothes and money and the deal is done. I have to state she isn’t my daughter at all… MUCH LOL.

So from this, we are now building a portfolio for her, she has a website and things are in motion… https://edurrant1.wixsite.com/honeymaedurrantrance

We have a load more photos on the website and many on the way.

My final thought for this blog – regardless of the issues Honey-Mae has, in this she is a natural which doesn’t often for her bless her. However, I am choosing not to tell the industry that Honey has ASD because I want her to have a far change without being judged before she arrives – which happens, believe me. Honey will achieve what she wants to achieve and I will be by her side when she does it.

Hope you have enjoyed this blog.

Until the next time

Emx

For now, I am Honey’s Management, until we make a decision who to join.
edurrant@icloud.com

This Celebrity is Outrageous!

So… Good Morning everyone or evening depending on when you are reading this. So as your here, this would suggest that there are only two reasons that you have clicked on and are reading this blog…

Now my two questions, are the following did you click on my blog because:

  1. The title made you look because you wanted to know, exactly who the celebrity is that is the most outrageous?
  2. Or you are fabulous and just read every blog I ever write haha.
Sadly I think I can guess which one it is!

But if it is the latter, then I thank you very much. LOL

Why are we so obsessed with the celebrity status? Why does it matter?

This is when some of you will drop off and disappear as you are disappointed that so far you haven’t found out instantly who it is haha. Am I right?

No this a serious question because I am not that fussed myself and would like an answer from people who differ from me, as I am sure not everyone has the same answer anyway.

I am not the type to read OK! Magazine to see how many divorces Katie Price has had, or who has had their heart broken for the umpteen time and had it splashed on a magazine for all to see. Sadly whilst they are sitting crying behind closed doors as WE ALL WOULD BE.

Why do so many want this gossip to be at the forefront of their entertainment?

The thought of someone in pain whoever they are is shocking to me, I hate it and quite frankly it makes me sad.

Why isn’t it to these people who read it? Or worse write it for that matter? I appreciate being a writer myself your main purpose is you write to sell, but what is wrong with us, enjoying someone else’s pain.

I am starting to consider Sigmund Freud had it right when he believed all humans were dark and that confronting one’s dark side in our world is a must if we are to all transcend it.

So another question I put to you whilst we are discussing the dark side… Is really knowing about which Celebrity is the most Outrageous? Honestly that important to your life? Will it make you feel happier, richer or will that information increase your IQ?

Will it help you achieve those career goals you have longed for?

Or is it just a load of old bollocks that really deep down none of us really give a flying crap about and it has no true impact on our lives for the best in anyway whatsoever.

Is it solely a method to prove to ourselves that actually their fabulous lives that we see broadcasted via TV or via Magazine photo shoots, where their legs are amplified to look as if a 5 ft 2″ regardless of any gender is made to look 6 ft 5″. Also, we can’t forget the huge boobs and tiny waists or the muscles of a Dreamboy.

Are we trying to convince ourselves that actually past it all, their lives can be just as shit as ours and we aren’t all nobody failures? Is laughing at their failures and tears making us feel better about ourselves?

Personally, this is just my opinion so feel free not to take it- if it does, if this really does make you feel better then… Seriously you need to get out more!!!! stop reading this shit that is presented to you via these idiots, who let’s face it ALSO … write crap to make you feel worse, not better because remember these are the ones who also write about the ‘Mega cribs’ that you can’t afford even though you work three jobs whilst looking after a family. Or they ‘Photoshop the long legs perfect bodies’ even though you still can’t look like that even though around three jobs you have and the family, you kill yourself in the gym many hours a week!

My advice to you is … STOP GIVING A SHIT!instead make your own life better with positivity and then you won’t even know who is even a celebrity let alone who is the most outrageous.

Hope you enjoyed this blog …

Until the next time

Emxxxxx

These are my opinions and my opinions only, please don’t be offended as you don’t have to run your life by them ūüôā

The Show Must Go On ….

So…. hey¬†all – hope you are all well, sorry its been ages since I posted last ..Once you have read this blog, you might understand a little as to why its taken me forever to post…

I have had a lot of decisions to make recently some good, some not so good … However, as my title reads ‘The Show Must Go On’ as you may know this is a song title from the one and only ‘Queen‘¬† and my goodness weren’t they right…

So many things happen in life that we don’t expect, it is one of those things where you can choose to fight and win, or you can not fight and loose.

But there, of course, is one other option РFight your bloody hardest and still lose, previously for me this would never be an option (stay with me).

Sadly I have faced some battles like most people, but I am not a quitter in any way.

Personally, I have never understood why people give up on their dreams and why they wouldn’t fight for them.. but do you know what, the older I get I have started to realise that even if you fight your goddam hardest, sometimes you can still not achieve what you’re hoping for. Stay with me … there is a point …

This probably feels the worst type of loss Рbecause you feel hard done by,  broken and angry as to why life has turned out this way for you.

But this is what I want you to see when you look at your situation –

AT LEAST YOU DID FIGHT AND MY GOD YOU FOUGHT FOR YOUR LIFE !!! 

Sometimes life can be tough and the unexpected can knock you off your feet.

But my advice to you would be to .. get up .. dust yourself off and crack on…

After all is there really a losing situation?

Maybe life just wasn’t meant to go down that path for you.

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Fat People Do Shop As well! 

 

 

So hey all, today’s blog post is based on a conversation and situation, I had with my step daughter Beth who is Blogger from Practically Pint Sized¬†¬†most of you probably know her, now Beth like me tends to not pull any punches, we were wandering around Primark and it seemed everywhere we turned a girl was staring at Beth whilst she was shopping!

If I am honest I didn’t notice at first as the older you get, you tend not to pay attention to the female of the species, typical evil looks …. (All I see and hear in my head when I say that is Mat Lucas dressed in a track suit saying “Don’t you be giving me evillllssssss”) LOL anyway I digress..

Beth suddenly came out with the sentence, saying it straight to the girl,

“Yes that’s right, Fat people do shop aswell”¬†the girl pretty much ran off in the opposite direction realising that she had been caught staring at Beth in a disrespectful way .

I looked at Beth and laughed, she is funny. She says it, how she sees it most of the time!

However after coming away from that situation it’s started to bother me slightly, Why is it that other girls who are so body conscious themselves, stare at others to judge and ridicule them? Should people who are slightly over weight not go clothes shopping? or oooh another massive example…

when seeing an overweight person in say Mcdonalds, you can see people saying to one another:

“I wonder if they have left any food for us?” laughing

( And yes sadly I have heard that bollocks before much to my dissapointment)

Dont we all have things on our bodies that we don’t like? I know I do! in fact I could write a list about the things on my body that I dont like, and probably if I had the money would get some kind of cosmetic surgery to “fix” it even if others couldn’t see what I could.

Its strange isn’t it how much we judge ourselves, hate ourselves and wish we had something that we don’t. But the funny thing is, I want everyone to remember that we ALL however we look, have something we would love to change about ourselves.

Now I am not sure if this comes from the media, I think perhaps it does to a certain extent of course .. but with this example in mind I beleve.. it also comes from each other !!!

Just like this girl judging Beth for being a slightly larger frame, whilst she herself was not! We can’t blame the media if we are happy to judge each other by the same standards the media does, I am wrong? ¬†Let’s face it, by acting in such a way, is what allows the media to win this war of what looks ok and what doesn’t. what is acceptable! and what isn’t! And that a girl or boy has to look a certain way, in this society to be accepted. Or be part of the “Populars” as my son calls them.

Now ok we all like what we like and that’s ok, but do we have the right to push our ideals onto to someone else! ¬†NO I don’t think so ..

So with that in mind, maybe we should stop judging and start living in this world being accepting of everyone!

The next time you see someone that doesnt fit your ideals, who cares and who are you to judge? Equality is key, everyone deserves to be loved regardless of their size, colour, sexuality, gender. I could go on but I am sure you get the jist.

So on that note….

Until the next blog post ,

Em xxx

********* THESE ARE MY OPINIONS & MY OPINIONS ONLY РWE ARE ALL DIFFERENT SO IF YOU DONT AGREE THATS OK *************  

Your Opinion is Wrong !

So … Hey all, I hope you are well ūüôā I start today’s blog post with a controversial title…

Many of us would be shocked if we were told categorically that our opinion was wrong and that we should shut our mouths etc …

I am surprised that people feel they have the right to make that bold statement, because regardless if we agree with someone or not, or if we have strong views on a certain topic or not do we have the right to curse, shout and ridicule someone for having different opinion to ourselves …. I don’t think so !

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The Art Of Just Not Giving A Crap!

Hey all hope your well thanks for joining me, reading my slightly controversial blog post today..

So, This is about a topic that I wish I had known when I was around the ages of 11 to 15 and life would have been much simpler ! The Art Of Just Not Giving A Crap …. So I will go on to elaborate..

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Blogger Recognition Award!

So It‚Äôs¬†fabulous¬†to be recognized for all of your ‘#Blogging Waffle’ as I like to call it!

As lets face it Blogging really isn’t the easiest of hobbies or jobs in the world and you have to love it as its so time-consuming, not that I am complaining of course¬†it’s just not for the faint hearted.

 

blogger award

Ok so… ¬†¬†
What is the Award about ?
The Blogger Recognition Award is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers as a way to recognize and appreciate all of the hard work and talent that goes into their websites and blogs.

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No Little Violins Here Please!!!

So…¬†I will be honest, its taken me a while sitting looking at my computer screen deciding how to start todays blog, I was considering¬†apologising for going in a slightly different direction to my usual blog posts however I am not¬†going to apologise. I am hoping you will all read on with a positive frame of mind and be open minded even if its just for a short space of time while reading this! So todays Blog is going to be on an very important subject to me . The Autistic Spectrum , there we go I have said it …. the dreaded words, now if this isn’t your cup of tea, I please urge you just to bare with me for a second, this isn’t a woe is me, negatively written¬†about how my life’s so hard! Or my poor children have it so bad (little violins)¬†kind¬†of post…¬† Continue reading

Genius …. ūüėČ

“Everybody is a Genius

But If You Judge a Fish by Its Ability to Climb a Tree,

It Will Live Its Whole Life Believing that It is Stupid”

Albert Einstein

In reference to my previous blog I think I rest my case ūüí≠

                         The Academic V’s The Creative type!