That’s It: My Five Year Old Twins 1st Year Of School Is Finished 

A school year goes by very quickly, and the changes in my five year old twin girls has been incredible. Sadly they have grown up so much. Of course nobody can stop time. It flows by in a constant way. Just as they are getting older of course I am as well. The year started out with an element of tears and plenty of, “I don’t want to go school” comments on an almost daily basis. The reality had hit home that they have to stay there all day very quickly. The girls settled very quickly for all of that… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 119 

This week our brilliant dad feature is Alan. He is co-owner of a sign making business in Newcastle upon Tyne. He is married to his wife Catherine and they have been married for 12 years now. They have added two beautiful girls to their family, Imogen and Abigail. They are 9 and 6 years old and and Alan says they’re full of too much energy. They began blogging on their family blog – Here Come The Hoopers in January 2016. It followed on from a realisation of a sudden ending. Alan’s father died of a heart attack in the September… [Read More]

Fathers/Mothers: Who bonds Easiest With New Baby? 

I have often wondered if mothers have a huge advantage when it comes to bonding with a new baby. In my own experience I believe they have a massive advantage because a mothers bonding with a baby starts when they see that positive pregnancy test. Whereas for a dad, yes, I was excited at seeing the positive pregnancy and thinking, ‘wow, I’m going to be a dad’, but in my case the excitement was very shortlived, because obviously I’m not pregnant, my body is not changing and that’s where mothers have that advantage. They know that a small little person… [Read More]

Can You Inherit Depression, Alcoholism? 

When I was a teenager from about the age of 15 most likely into my late twenties I was angry. I didn’t like my life. I didn’t like the cards that life had dealt me. I had the biggest chip you could imagine on not one shoulder, but both of them. Looking back, it’s rather sad that I wasted all that energy being upset with everything and everybody in my life. It would be a normal occurrence for me to be in another fight or altercation. Looking back it was madness. I wouldn’t even contemplate such actions today. Does that… [Read More]

My Daughter E Is Going To Uganda As Part Of Her University Course 

My nearly 20 year old daughter is coming to the end of her second year in university of a three year course in child nursing, and she is doing incredibly well even if I say so myself. Her grades have gone up significantly since the end of her first year which makes me very proud of her. My daughter is apparently in a very enviable position according to a ITV news report I saw the other night on tv. Most hospital trusts throughout the UK have massive vacancies for nurses, so there should be no problem getting a job. Of… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 118 

This week our brilliant dad feature is Michael who blogs at This real life Dad. He is Dad to two children, a girl and a boy, Alba, who is two years old and Arran who is nearly six months. He is a husband to his beautiful wife, Ruth. He has only just started blogging recently as he has been in and out of hospital and needed something to do to pass the time. His posts will mainly highlight his life as a dad, husband and most likely a few about his illness too. Michael is an awesome new dad blogger… [Read More]

Whatever Happens Never Forget My Beautiful Children You Complete Me 

When I first started blogging I never had any idea where it would it go or even if I would still be blogging nearly three years later. Well I am, much to my own amazement more than anybody’s! I never had a plan about what I would write about, but essentially it would be heavily based on my children’s memories and memories they have made while I have been blogging. One day they may hopefully read the blog and if I am no longer here, they can reminisce and say to each other, “oh, remember that time or this time?”… [Read More]

Set Up Your Bedroom For The Best Night’s Sleep You Ever Had

Can you remember that feeling you used to have as a kid when you woke up completely refreshed and ready to start the day? That may seem like a very long time ago! Sadly, as an adult, you may suffer from problems with sleeping. You may have trouble dropping off in the first place or you may wake up in the night and be unable to get back to sleep. Sleep problems can affect your ability to hold down a job and can damage your relationships with your friends and family. If you are not getting the sleep that you… [Read More]

School Trips: My Fears 

I was prompted to write this post when I heard on the news today of a school mini-bus having an accident with a lorry and unfortunately a fourteen year old schoolgirl died with a number of injuries. I know this is rare and thankfully it doesn’t happen often, but it’s my greatest fear about school trips. I have often wondered if I am the only person who gets paranoid when their children go on a school trip for the day. Last Thursday my five year old twins went on their summer trip to a local beach about 12 miles from… [Read More]

Six Super DIY Tips To Get The Kids Interested In Gardening

Whether your little one is a princess or a superhero, getting them out in the garden for some fresh air and exercise can be a very healthy activity. But how can you encourage an interest in gardening and growing things in you kids? Well, the trick is to make things as fun as possible, so read on for some suggestions on just how to do that. Create a bug hotel Number one on the list of making the garden as fun as possible is creating a cool project together like the bug hotel you can see at http://www.bbc.co.uk/. It’s designed… [Read More]