Hello People!


I nearly considered giving up the idea of starting this blog, what on earth am I doing, I don’t write, I can’t write.  Will I have time, who’s actually going to read it blah blah blah & how the bloody hell do you use WordPress???  Yet here I am with a bit of a blog to get me going, pages and images look OK but to be honest I’m just glad I managed to get something up without asking the kids for help!

Everyones Buck Stops Here is how we,  or should i say, the kids & hubbie roll over here, everything that is wrong, mistakes made, achievements not reached, pe bags not packed, food tech stuff not bought, drinks spilled……………. can only be the fault of one person let me introduce her…… me, Sharon.

Firstly I must stress I’m no writer, I’m a talker, sticking to the brief will be testing but I will try not to write like I talk otherwise this will be a very lengthy introduction!

For a long time I have toyed with the idea of writing a blog about being a mum to 4 kids, how we cope with the teenage years,  how I hang on to my younger ones innocence enjoying these years more so maybe knowing how quick it all changes.

Most importantly of all, the main reason for my blog is to talk about my youngest daughter who has Selective Mutism, what’s that I hear you say, well its  “ A severe anxiety disorder where a person is unable to speak in certain social situations, such as with classmates at school or relatives they don’t see very often”.  It will be about the travels we have made and are still making down a very long road with many turnings, some wrong, some right but as always we are a resiliant lot and march on we do.

I remember all too well how obsessed I became into finding out what Selective Mutism actually was, googling morning, noon and night, looking for that one story I could relate to, insight into how families were managing but there was none!  We were on our own, so a bit like learning to ride a bike on we jumped and hoped for the best.

Writing my first piece on Evelena made me reflect on how far we have come over the last 4 years and the progress we have made and how far we still have to go.  How as a family we have come to understand Selective Mutism, after all you can’t understand something you know nothing about! after all we are a family of talkers what do we know about keeping quiet!  So, if this blog can help at least one family gain something from our insight and experiences with Selective Mutism it will all be worthwhile.

Of course with 3 other kids there are lots of other topics to discuss, in fact I think I could write pages on a day in the life of my teenage son at school, no dull moments there!! how girls are so different to boys, well they are in this house, so heres to lots of writing yet to come.

So like planning & building a house, here in lies my blog, the foundation laid now to start building the layers.  I have no doubt there will be a few cracks on the way as this blogging is a whole new world to me.


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  1. Jo Boxall
    November 2, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Good luck with the blog. Will hopefully be very useful for people in the same boat as you x

  2. November 4, 2016 / 11:13 am

    Happy to hear you want to share your story. Looking forward to read about your experience and challenges. Good luck!

    • James_McCabe
      November 4, 2016 / 11:24 am

      Hi and thank you for visiting 🙂 Looking forward to sharing our family most importantly my daughters experiences and challenges with Selective Mutism.

  3. November 6, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    Looking forward to reading your blog!
    Good luck and welcome to the world of blogging! 😀

    • Shazzab
      November 6, 2016 / 11:44 pm

      Thank you!
      Hope you enjoy as much as I have enjoyed reading yours 🙂

  4. Loretta Sharp
    November 10, 2016 / 5:10 pm

    Hello, just thought I would let you know that my daughter, who is now 30, maybe had what you call selective mutism. As a young child she only spoke to people she wanted to speak to. People would speak to her and she would just look at them and leave them wondering why she wasn’t answering. She would speak to us, her mum and dad, her brother and her friends. At nursery I was told she needed speech therapy, which I ignored. We decided she was just a very shy little girl, and looking back, I think we were right. Back then medics and experts weren’t so quick to label children so we accepted that there probably wasn’t anything wrong with her, and there wasn’t. She is now very articulate, smart and in a good career.

    • Shazzab
      November 10, 2016 / 7:33 pm

      Hello, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. Nice to hear your daughter has, after being a shy young girl, flourished and is doing well and hopefully in time this is exactly what will happen for my youngest daughter.

  5. November 20, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    Good luck, Sharon! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog. I’m a relative newbie too – only at it a couple of months but really enjoying it!

    • Shazzab
      November 20, 2016 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you Sinead I hope I can keep it up! Have just been on your blog and its really great, so funny and so up my street, cant believe you have only been going for a couple of months! hope I can be half as good as you.

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