Raising little Westies, and life as parent of a special needs son

New Year, Westie style

The Author

Myself, after a good shave with a classic razor

Having been around the Internet since the 90’s, I’ve done a lot of being a community member for blogs at major media sites in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald and The last three years though have been a crash-course in parenting – not at all what you expect when you’ve already got two happy, healthy kids ready for school – when we found that our youngest child, “Bob the Builder Fan”, has Autism.

After wandering a bit aimlessly on the Internet looking for places to fit in, I could find plenty of mum-friendly sites but fine was a bit tricky. But then Nicole set up a the Autism United community on

It has been a great site to be a member of, basically since day 1!

And playing in it’s “walled garden” blog environment convinced me to push out to an open blog. So with the new year, here’s my first go at open blogging.

Hopefully, I’ll share some thoughts on not just the challenges of raising three challenging kids, but also on my dogs, living in Sydney, and my other interests such as Australian Rules Football (and Auskick), shaving, gaming, and whatever else manages to pop up.

By the way, if you do know a dad focussed website feel free to drop all the links you want!


5 responses to “New Year, Westie style

  1. Nicole English January 2, 2011 at 12:09 am

    Well done and welcome to the big wide world of blogs. Hmmm could time to set my own up now πŸ™‚

    • imawestie January 2, 2011 at 2:24 am

      Thanks Nicole! The challenge of course is to come up with content. There was no pressure to do that at AU but by the same token so many things that I thought about blogging about aren’t on topic there.
      Now that I have somewhere to write more generally the ideas will probably evaporate!!

  2. valerie foley January 2, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Welcome to the dark side, Westie.
    I’m very excited you have done this, because I know one ASD Dad quite well who could do with a little collegial ASD Dad wisdom.


    • imawestie January 2, 2011 at 11:21 am

      Heh, it’s not wisdom till it’s shared – both ways.
      But thanks for the happy thoughts! The more dads I connect with through this or AU the happier I’ll be. Which is why there will probably be as much talking about shaving, bourbon, and blokes like the Fat Bastard as there will be scary kid-speak.

      Hoping I can get Sacha from SMH and Felicity from KAK to do some drive-by commenting – in good time.

  3. CaRRiE January 21, 2011 at 6:32 am

    yay Westie πŸ™‚ look forward to many more posts. The mind of a father of children with asd is so different to a mother, I look forward to your insite πŸ™‚

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