North Shore Times : April 14th 2016
Unusual fossil beach find P4 Support for homeless P8 North Shore Times Thursday, April 14, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER What’s selling $3,232,000 7Marama St, Castor Bay Development opportunity – 1012 square metres, zoned 4A with panoramic gulf, Rangitoto and city views and excellent school zones. Sold byBayleysTakapuna KimPreston has committed to looking after her sons, from left, Jacob, Jahram and Jackson Proffit-Preston, for the rest of her life. Taking it in small steps EMILY FORD Raising children with high needs is a challenging road for Kim Preston. The Glenfield resident is a single mother to three disabled sons – Jahram, Jacob, and Jackson Proffit-Preston. Jacob, 18, and Jackson, 16, have severe autism while Jahram, 20, has mild autism and dyspraxia, a developmental coordination disorder. Preston’s family is the focus of an Attitude documentary series, My Perfect Family, which follows families with children and parents with disabilities. Despite the limitations and restrictions, Preston, also known as Scruff, is thankful for her sons. ‘‘It’s tough but they’remylittle miracles...I’m lucky to get three kids whenmysister only has one.’’ KimPreston She tried for 15 years to have children with help from a miscarriage clinic. ‘‘It’s tough but they’re my little miracles...I’m lucky to get three kids when my sister only has one,’’ Preston says. ‘‘I’ve always wanted to be a parent regardless and I love them for who they are.’’ Jacob and Jackson attend Wai- rau Valley Special School while Jahram is a school leaver and doing work experience. It’s a different world for the boys and everything happens in small steps, she says. The younger two don’t talk and it took a long time for them to look their mum in the eye or give her hugs. Preston taught herself and the boys sign language from library books and uses that to communicate with them, finding it a good distraction when they go places like the mall. ‘‘Once I start using sign language people are quite understanding and think they’re deaf kids.’’ She gets about five hours a week to herself and it can be dis- tressing having friends and family over. ‘‘We’re few and far between as far as visitors go but it could be worse.’’ Preston has committed to caring for the boys for the rest of her life. She finds it hard to trust other people to look after them. The boys will run away if not monitored and she’s had issues in the past. ‘‘It’s really horrible and it’s not worth getting yourself in a state for,’’ she says. ‘‘When you have kids it’s for life and mine are literally for life.’’ ❚ Preston’s family will be onMy Perfect Family on April 17 on TV ONE at 8.30am. $2,300,000 1 Jubilee Ave, Devonport Onthe market for the first time in 118. Enjoys beautiful views of the city, close to beaches, schools and city ferry. Sold byBayleysTakapuna See Real Estate Outlook inside $880,000 67 Hogans Rd, Glenfield A1960s solid block and brick homewith wood veneer. The spacious 190 square metre interior provides countless opportunities to renovate. Sold byBayleysKumeu Put names to friendly faces in your community www.neighbourly.co.nz Join today and meet your neighbours sold!
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