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Listen here to Sonia speaking with Jeremy Vine on his BBC Radio 2 show on Friday 9th March about the blog, her mum’s hilarious antics, taking listener questions and highlighting the issues with growing up with a mentally ill parent.

Asking the Right Questions

Sometimes life can be very simple if you ask the right questions. That's always been my belief anyway, like "How do you fancy us coming to play in the restaurant lounge when you have an event on?" or "If I got myself qualified as a bus driver can I drive some of your...

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Oh Danny Boy – la loo la loo la lay

At 4am on Christmas morning 3 years ago, we were woken to Danny Boy being played on our piano - full volume, same left hand chord throughout and high-pitched singing to accompany it.  Mum was staying for Christmas and together with her early hours cabaret she decided...

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When mothers carpet the garden

Ten years ago Mum decided to carpet her garden. She used cheap off-cuts, mats, rugs from charity shops and carpet tiles she'd found outside a house that was being renovated. "Well, it'll keep the weeds down". The neighbours weren't impressed by the bug infestation and...

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Mum Might Get Marmite

Mum wants Marmite for Christmas. "It'll be a good present for you to buy me, Sonia darling as it will last a year at least - save you money". A year, Mum? It'll have to be a very big jar. "No, a little one is fine - hate the stuff so I won't eat it". Mum logic. Short...

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Does Your Mother Know?

Take it easy (take it easy), better slow down girl ... I swear my Mum was Abba's secret lyricist.  From the age I started toddling she was always telling me to get more sleep, to slow down, to stop doing so much.  I was only toddling and trying to hide all the...

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Am I Christmas Crackers?

“I don’t know about Christmas plans, Sonia darling, but I think I AM Christmas crackers.  My brain just isn’t working properly” She said it with that cheeky smile in her voice and was giggling under her breath as no doubt she had an audience listening in.

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About Sonia’s Mum

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Sonia Beldom is the daughter of a mischievous, hilariously insightful and loving mother with mental health issues. Years of erratic behaviour led to her mum being sectioned and diagnosed with bi-polar, frontal lobe abnormality, BPD & anxiety when at age 80. Sonia’s mum is one of a lost generation of women who went un-diagnosed in the 60s & 70s, when mental health issues weren’t properly addressed or discussed openly.  These stories aim to give strength and support to anyone with a family member who has mental health issues.
It’s a transformational love story between an extraordinary mother and her daughter who adores her – despite her off-the-scale embarrassing behaviour and hilarious views on life.

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