Feeling The Guilt As A Dad

For around nine or so days I have been feeling quite a bit of dad guilt when it comes to my five year old twin girls. It has been a hectic time with my mum having a long stay in hospital, my son going off to university and me going to Manchester for BlogOn xmas 2017. I feel the girls have hardly seen me. Amongst all these other things going on, I have had to also do my usual job as a painter and decorator, and also try to fit in my blogging commitments. On the Friday before I went… [Read More]

If I Hadn’t

If I hadn’t got married twice and fathered five children, I would probably be driving a Bentley, living the dream and I’d have pots of money in the bank. Would I change if I could turn back time? That’s a tough question! Material things in life that can make you happy or love that has no conditions or boundaries. Which one would I choose? The truth is, it’s a no brainer. I would have picked the Bentley! No, no, I’m only joking! I would always pick the love of five children and a beautiful, stunning wife, but why you may… [Read More]

My Older Children: Is This The Future I Don’t Like It!

Last week for four days my three older children from my first marriage were all away from home. My eldest, J, was in Rome for five days. My daughter, E, was in Uganda and not due home until the Sunday, and my 18 year old son was at a music festival for five days. This is the first time that all three of them at the same time have not been in the same city as me. There has always been one of them around, but I guess it’s a sign of the fact that they have all grown up… [Read More]

So You Think You Know Your Children, But When….

So you think you know your children, but when they become teenagers or sometimes before the reality and truth of the matter is they will only give you a screenshot of their life when it suits them, as we did with our parents. My second oldest daughter turned 20 a couple of days ago and it made think how much do I know about her life? For the last two years she has lived on her own at university about a two hour drive from us. I have if I’m honest, absolutely no idea how easy or difficult her life… [Read More]

I Have Been Lucky To Be Dad Five Times 

This is something I have often wondered when I meet people I meet and you have these conservations about each other. You know the ones, are you married? Where do you live? How many children do you have? I love the reactions on peoples faces when I say I have five children. Most people raise their eyebrows as if to say don’t you think that’s too many in today’s world? Haha! Well, maybe it is, but it was my decision and I have never regretted it for one minute. Having children for me has been the most fulfilling experience ever…. [Read More]

Who Are The Losers in Divorce 

Divorce is a very unpleasant thing to happen to anyone in life but nowadays it is happening more and more. When I was a child my parents seperated and divorced and I was far from the norm in fact I was very unusual thinking back Me and one other child came from a divorced family. When I got divorced from my first wife my children were seven,five and three years of age  the two oldest ones were in school and they were far from unusual but most likely not the norm. Fast forward to today and my four year old… [Read More]

Half: Brothers and Sisters 

Regular readers of my blog will know that I have five children from two marriages. The oldest three are from my first marriage and my five year old twin girls are from my second marriage.  When my wife and I found out she was pregnant, which we found out was going to be twins, I had one overwhelming fear which was how accepting will my older children be at having two new half sisters? My worry and fear was that I didn’t want them to feel in any way that they were less loved or thought of or wanted by… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 101 

This week is the start of our second century of the Brilliant Dad Feature and this week it’s Kevin who is from Canada. Kevin blogs at Dadsense he says Raising a baby in urban Canada has its challenges, but with a little patience and clever planning they make it work. His blog Dadsense is an insight to ‘dadding’, product reviews, and questions that we didn’t know we needed to ask, as well as a handful of adorable photos thrown in for good measure! Thank you very much for Kevin for taking part. 1. Have you always wanted to be a… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature 100. It’s Me! 

Well it’s the brilliant dad feature week 100. I did ask a few celebrities, but unfortunately Matt Damon, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson were too busy filming so I guess you will have to put up with me little old DIY Daddy! A little bit about me. I’m a dad to five   children. Four daughters and one son, including four year old twin girls. By day I’m a painter and decorator, by night I’m a couch potato watching rubbish TV (the soaps). I’m a huge fan of The Walking Dead. It’s an awesome show. I’m married to Emily from… [Read More]

My Sunday Photo 

My Sunday photo this week is all about dads playing with their children. Especially their daughters. I have been involved with the Dads Who Play Barbie campaign. They  say that if you enter their imaginary world you are making an investment their real world. I couldn’t agree more.