In last days I am going through some health issues and because I am not very good at taking pills on time (actually taking them at all) and taking good care of myself from one ear infection I got to the point when now I have two ears blocked, inflammation of nasal sinuses and throat. Everything altogether. I had plenty of time to think about dying. You know typical "man flu". Only this time I am actually really ill. I can't hear almost anything in left ear, I'm coughing and so on. A thought straight from my childhood came to me and today I really wanted to share it with you - success,...
The subject of changes happening in our body and lives during a maturing period is a battlefield full of landmines. Constant sneaking around, guessing what will be next move of the other side and evaluation of strengths and weaknesses. Do you think that dad you are has enough of knowledge and tools to talk about dangers of maturing? Are you capable of eliminating the risks coming out of curiosity and desire of your children to know their body, sexuality, and sexual initiation? Dear father do you know how to talk with your children about sex? Mom, do you have skills needed to do that? How...
It's time to let go... Leave it, let it go, it's time to move on. Days, weeks and months are passing. As a family, we have better and worse days. There is a lot happening. Our son autism and working with kids at the end of ASD spectrum made me realize how much more has to be done. How many people will never know anything about life of those kids? It's hard for me to accept it, but unfortunately, this is the direction people are choosing. Parents, therapists, teachers with a mission in their heart have one thing in common. Sometimes we are feeling helpless. For me, letter A doesn't stand...
Did you ever think how would you react if your child would announce that he or she is gay? Before you will even start thinking about it, consider what sort of words, gestures, and facial expression you’re having when talking or listening to homosexual people. Going one step farther – look closer and try to guess what your child can see or hear. Let’s assume that your child is right now seventeen and made a call to tell you how she/he is feeling, what are her/his feelings. Different sexual orientation. Did you manage to prepare yourself for that? Three years ago I had a conversation with...
Recently I was wondering if everything is ok with us, Polish people. You know what? A year ago I published my first book “The A word”. Over a year ago I started my blogging journey and I became a Rock n Roll Autism Dad in social media. I joined and become a regular visitor to Facebook groups and discussion group on the internet. I can’t believe what I see there. Yes, it’s a fact that I have very specific views and I don’t live in Poland for 13 years but seriously?! Are you mothers, fathers normal and at your right mind? When I logged in to Facebook as an author of book and blogger the...
Who I’ve been?
A young boy who couldn’t find his place in Polish education system. Kicked out from many schools, not fitting to any social frames dreamer. Rebel teenager, run away from home to find peace in drugs. In the age of seventeen touched bottom. Closed in neuropsychiatry hospital for a rehab, taken to MONAR – institution treating people with heavy addictions. Separated from outside world, deprived of freedom.
Raised by deaf parents. Since early age living in a world different than other kids knew. Since 2005 lives in the UK. Both of his children Maksymilian and Livia were born over here. In the age of three Maks was diagnosed with severe autism. That was a turning point in Niko life. While being over thirty he decided to change his entire life to better understand his so different from each other children. Graduated Early Years Education at Edinburgh College, received an award of Student of the Year and SQA Star Award.
Blogger and Youtuber. Author of video series Alphabet of Autism and book “The A word”.
For living works as a nursery nurse in public nursery in Edinburgh as well as Dad’s Worker for nonprofit organisation Children 1st. Dad’s Worker – sounds grand! He is helping father to build better relationships with their kids and understand the idea of affection. Trying to be a support for them in the new role of a dad, making sure that they are becoming better dads.
With a time flying Nikos idea of a family was changing. Once a devoted husband, now happy partner but most of all loving dad. Believes in the idea of happy childhood no matter what. Despite the relationship with a mother of his children being ended, he is fully engaged in their life using method called co-parenting. In his free time, he writes, plays guitar, record videos and is collecting new tattoos. Every single day proving that being dad is the most rock’n’roll thing in the world!
There is no taboo topic for Niko!
“Do you think you know the definition of courage? Forces? Diversity in life and life against adversity? I dare to offer you a duel. The competitor will be Todd Maksa’s everyday life with Max. Both heroes of the word on A. ”