Should We Encourage The Competitive Edge

We live in a world today that is very much dog eat dog, and in the business, sport or in fact any path we take in our lives, it has a competitive edge to get ahead or finish first, or top of the pile. This is the way the world has evolved. There was a time when it was natural to just take part without the fear of not winning. It didn’t matter where we finished and we didn’t need reminding, it’s the taking part that matters, which we are now on a regular basis reminded of by schools or… [Read More]

Is A University Degree Really Worth All that Debt

Two of my children are currently studying at university and I have often wondered if the final degree they receive is worth the debt that is going to hang around their necks for possibly years? This debt could easily amount to 40k-50k. That in anybody’s language is massive. Especially as when they enter the workforce, their earning capabilities are very low and in all honesty, paying back university debt will be the last thing on their mind. What they will earn initially will probably only just about cover their living expenses on a day to day to basis, because even… [Read More]

When Parents & Teachers Meet – Another Take on the Parent-Teacher Conference

Mrs. D shares some first-hand advice from a teacher’s perspective in her article “Preparing For the Parent-Teacher Conference” available online at:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/68592/preparing_for_the_parntteacher_conference.html. It is great to hear an experienced teacher’s perspective on parent-teacher conferences. As a veteran of dozens of the yearly meetings, I’ve certainly formulated my own opinion about how to prepare and navigate the conferences. While I agree with Mrs. D. on many points, I think there may be more to keep in mind – and maybe some advice for teachers as well… As an involved parent, I’ve had my own “take” on these annual meetings and have developed… [Read More]

How to organise and create a homework schedule for your child

It is no secret that kids are not big fans of doing their homework. Particularly when they may feel that there are a variety of other awesome things that they could be doing with their time. The trouble is, as parents, we know that making sure that they do their homework is incredibly important. So, how can you make homework that little bit easier to bear for your both? Why not consider setting a homework routine and schedule. Not only will this ensure that they know when homework is to be done, but also managers their expectations and get their… [Read More]

Pi-Top Laptop Review

I love any new technology, and also something that’s a bit different from the norm. So when I was asked to review the Pi-Top laptop, I couldn’t wait and let my twins loose on this awesome bit of kit. Pi-Top is a modular laptop that you build yourself, allowing you to discover a world of electronics, coding and inventing, plus many more fantastic projects. This particular Pi-Top also includes the DIY inventors kit, and Raspberry Pi, which is the brains behind the Pi-Top. I will elaborate more on Raspberry Pi later in the post. Recently my twin girls have got… [Read More]

Introducing Children to Technology with the Alba Range from Argos (Ad)

I am in partnership with Argos to talk about the new Alba range of tablets/televisions/mobiles. Introducing technology such as smart phones and tablets to children is a pretty daunting task for many parents. Trying to find the right balance to ensure that your child is the right age to understand the technology being handed to them, but also to make sure that they use it responsibly can be tricky. Like many parents my wife and I had concerns about screen time. Will our children pick up their phone or tablet too often? Are they too young to have access to… [Read More]

Playground Politics 

It’s never ceases to amaze me, the playground at the girls school. We are now in our second year of our twin girls school lives. They have, I must say settled beautifully into school life and rarely give any sort of issue in going to school or whilst they are there. In fact their enthusiasm for school is awesome to watch. Their thirst to learn is at times awe inspiring. So my update is a follow on from my post of a while back called a lone dad on the mum playground. I will say things have changed a little… [Read More]

So The Adventure Begins (My Son And Uni)

Today I will be taking my son to start university. It’s a bittersweet moment, but I have nothing but excitement for him. This is the second time I have seen one of my children go off to university. The truth is I have decided it doesn’t get any easier. It also doesn’t matter if they are sons or daughters. They are simply your children, and the same worries, anxieties and nervousness are exactly the same. I worry that he will settle, he stays safe and most importantly enjoys this new chapter in his life. My son is 18 years old…. [Read More]