Easter Break: Summer Is Nearly Here! YAY! 

I love summertime because my job as a painter and decorator is made much easier with lovely sunny weather in planning my work and it hopefully works out on the dates I plan. Firstly though with Easter just behind us, this always makes me feel that much closer to summer and seeing the back of winter and it’s terrible weather so I thought I would give a quick update of my Easter break. The twins were definitely ready for a break from school. They had only had one week off since Christmas and it’s so easy to forget that this… [Read More]

The Teenage Years 

I have lived a few years and looking back at life, I have often wondered what were the toughest years to live and for me it’s a no brainer. The teenage years were easily the hardest as they are for a massive percentage of young people. We all have changes in our lives, but more often than not, we are matured and experienced enough to be able to deal with a lot of  issues and changes that are put in front of us. When you are 13 years old or there about whichever gender you are, be it a boy… [Read More]

The School Playground And Me

A little while after my five year old twin girls started school I wrote a post called the a lone dad on the mum playground. There is no doubt at that time that I felt quite isolated on the school playground. I’m happy to say that I don’t feel like that anymore, although at times, I don’t always feel part of the crowd, not that that’s vitally important to me, but it is nice to have some conversation with other parents and for me that includes a conversation with other mum’s and dads. I also feel that it is a great… [Read More]

Tomboy: Its Actually An Offensive Word If You Are Girl 

I recently read a post by my very good friend  Alan who blogs at OMG It’s A Girl called ‘Don’t call me tomboy’. It’s a truly brilliant post about his little girl. What I particularly like about the post is the history behind the word ‘tomboy’ and that it actually dated back to the 16th century, which as Alan said is where it belongs, completly right as well. Another blogger that I admire and have the utmost respect for is Simon who blogs at Man vs Pink. Simon has always written extensively about the gender stereotyping that is so prevalent towards our… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 108 

Brilliant Dad Feature

This week our brilliant dad feature is Gary and he blogs at Dad Of 2 At Home. Gary is 33 years old and a stay at home dad of two children aged three and one years of age. Gary is a journalist and he started his blog at the turn of the year to share his experience of fatherhood. He enjoys going to watch football and live music gigs. He is also a keen runner. Thank you very much to Gary for taking part. 1. Have you always wanted to be a dad? Definitely. I grew up with three much… [Read More]

My Son Is Going To University: The End Of An Era 

My son is going to university in September and just the other day I had a bittersweet thought. When my son was four years old his mother and I separated and divorced fairly soon after that. From that marriage I had three children and thankfully I had a pretty good arrangement with their mother over joint custody and access. All three of them would stay with me every weekend and also every Monday after school they would come to mine for tea. Also if for some reason they didn’t stay at the weekend I would always see them on a Saturday. As… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 107 

This week our Brilliant Dad Feature is Eoin. He oftens describes himself as a ‘recovering’  journalist, having spent over a decade in newspapers. Needing a change, he took a break to pursue a masters degree and then fatherhood happened. The original plan was for him to be a stay-home dad for six months, but two years on he is still at it and loving every day (mostly). He started the Walking Dad blog to motivate himself to record the stay at home dad experience, there was so much that he didn’t want to forget. With stay-home dads being something of… [Read More]

Chatting To My Five Year Old Twins About Family 

For half of the school week I drop off and pick up my five year old twin girls from school. When I pick them up I always ask the same question. What did you do in school today? 99 times out of 100 I get the same reply which is a wall of silence or nothing or I can’t remember. The other day came as a huge surprise to me. I’m not sure if they were learning about family in school, but R announced to me whilst sitting in the back of the car. “Dad?”, yes R I said. She… [Read More]

Our 2K Family Fun Run 

About four weeks ago, my wife asked me if I was interested in doing a 2K family fun run with our five year old twin girls. Over the last few years my wife has started running a few times a week, and has recently completed a 5K and 10K run. I have to admit I am so proud of her and a little bit in awe of her. It takes a lot dedication and determination. Thankfully my wife is the sort of person who has that in abundance. So when she asked me I very casually said yes that will… [Read More]

3 Desserts Perfect for Sous Vide Cooking This Spring

You’re a busy dad. You don’t have time for complicated meals. That’s why you bought a sous vide cooker. It’s about as foolproof as you’re going to get, it’s easy to clean and the food is surprisingly good.Many people are afraid to venture into desserts with their sous vide, but there are so many simple and delicious recipes that will make the kids – and dad – grin from ear to ear.  These three desserts are perfect for Spring (especially after a weekend of Spring cleaning), and they come together quickly. 1. Chocolate Pots de Creme Don’t let the name… [Read More]