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The week that was: 15-22 Feb 2013

Posted by Philip on 23 February 2013, 1:27 pm in , , , , , , ,

I haven't felt compelled to blog for a while so I thought I might try a new blogging format for a while and look back on the week in reflection and see what themes and insights emerge. I immediately feel slightly daunted by the task as I take a look at my calendar to jog my memory of the highlights.

Teenage guardianship

The most significant change of the week is that, last Saturday, I became the official guardian of a long-time friend's 14-year old daughter. This is quite an adjustment in both my default living arrangement and "parental" status. I have lived alone for as many years as I can remember and, apart from a few dogs and cats, have never been responsible for any other being but me.

The circumstances are that my friend's daughter, whom I've known since she was born in her parents' living room on Waiheke Island, chose last year to leave Ohakune, where her family has lived for about seven years, in order to attend Western Springs College, which is five minutes walk from where I live. She boarded with others of her Mum's friends last year and visited me each Tuesday after school. This year her boarding situation changed, due to the friends' living arrangements changing, so it was a bit of a no-brainer for her to come and live with me.

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What is natural support?

Posted by Philip on 24 December 2010, 2:07 pm in , , ,

The government won’t pay parents to provide care for their disabled children as they see this as natural support. 

Leesa Ross is the mother of two daughters – one, 13, is disabled and the other, 15, isn't. She compares "natural support" for both on a typical weekend or day in the school holidays.

Click here to read her comparison »

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