Am I Grumpy? Disneyland Paris

In couple of weeks time as I have already written in a previous post called Family Holidays this Summer, I made no secret of the fact that Disneyland is not my ideal holiday, but hey ho I have a problem. My wife and our five year old twin girls are mega excited and I am doing my best to get into the spirit of Disney. I am not a Disney type of  person. You know kind, smiley, wholesome, and yes there is no bad in the world when Disney is in your life. Of course the reality is there are… [Read More]

Preparing Your Kids for a Greener Future

Of all the challenges we parents encounter when raising our children, nothing is more difficult than coping with changes that we ourselves find difficult to grasp. For instance, our children are going to grow up with technology in their hands that far exceeds those bulky computers of old that we used to use at work. Computers used to be the size of entire wardrobes, but that technology has been condensed into tiny smartphones that are a thousand times more powerful. Photo Source But now that us parents have had time to catch up with the latest modern trends and social… [Read More]

How to have a Successful (big) Family Holiday

I’ve just booked a last minute long weekend in Prague’ a single friend of mine recently told me. ‘Lucky you’ was my response, and I meant it! Last minute getaways are a thing of the past when you have a handful of kids to look after, a pet who needs to be cared for and not to mention the work schedules of you and your partner and the school timetable to contend with! Maybe quick breaks away are more or less a thing of the past for me but a family holiday can be such a fantastic experience (whatever the… [Read More]

Our Children Joining Clubs And Doing Activities 

When I was growing up there was little or no children’s clubs or activities. The most you could wish for was joining your local football team, or maybe cubs before moving on to scouts. It was just the way of the world I didn’t grow up in world where kids joined clubs. Thankfully that has all changed. Nowadays there are clubs and activities in abundance for all our children and it has to be a good thing. There is no doubt about that. I feel that the reason for this is that our children are all very different, and with the… [Read More]

God, Religion and My Five Year Old Twins

Last Saturday about half an hour before bed the subject of God was brought up by R, one of my five year old twins. To say I was shocked would be the understatement of the year, mostly because I never gave it a moments thought that the girls knew anything about God, but apparently they have been learning about it at school. I would like to start by saying that I have no problem with any religions or anybody that lives their lives surrounded by god and it’s teachings, but it’s not for me. I am a catholic, but I’m… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 112 

This week our Brilliant Dad Feature is all about Ryan from Scotland. He is a dad to a 3 year old boy and 1 year old girl. He works for a charity that provides support to families through volunteers and in his spare time he created DadsApp which is truly awesome and I  highly recommend you check it out. Thank you to Ryan for taking part. 1. Have you always wanted to be a dad? I have always wanted to be a dad. I’m oldest of 10 children including 2 step sisters a half brother and half sister. They all… [Read More]

Has My Childhood Impacted My Adult Decisions?

I have often wondered how my own very dysfunctional childhood shaped my own adult behaviour, and how would I end up dealing with my own children when I became parent? Growing up, as I have written on a number of occasions before, was tough to say the least. There was certainly no 2.4 family in my house. Not that there is anything wrong with that, because truth be known I would have killed for that as a child. Well not literally killed, but I’m sure you know what I mean! My father was absent from a very early age and… [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]

Creating The Perfect Play Area In Our Garden 

When you have young children which in my case is five year old twin girls, the garden is a vital area for those summer months. It provides somewhere for the girls to play and of course it’s a great way to get plenty of fresh air and burn off all their energy. When I planned our garden I wanted make sure that it was child friendly and completely safe for the girls, but at the same time I didn’t want it to look like a playground. It was about finding a balance because both my wife and I sit out… [Read More]

Pocket Money: When Do You Start?

When I was growing up one of my favourite moments of the week was Saturday morning. You  may wonder why. Well, It was time for my pocket money to be handed over to me! My mother started giving me  pocket when I was about six or seven years old. My mum explained that if I wanted to buy something then I would need to save my pocket money until I had enough money. For all intent and purposes it worked, although I’m sure my mum helped me out now and again. The lesson I learnt was simple. Whatever you want… [Read More]