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]

My Twins Have Started In Year 1 Scary!

My five year old twins have started back at school after the summer holidays. They are now in year 1, OMG! Very scary. Is it really two years ago they started nursery at the school going for two hours five times a week? The tears and I don’t want to go to nursery, were fairly common at the beginning, very stressful and upsetting times.Reception last year was a little bit tough when they started and we definitely had a few tears especially when the reality hit home that they had to stay there all day, but they settled and school… [Read More]

My Five Year Old Twins And Their Desire To Learn

My five year old twin girls have just finished their first year of school, and I have been amazed at how much they have developed and how inquisitive their minds have become. Their curiosity on how things work keeps me on my toes with a constant stream of questions. Their minds are being stimulated everyday that they attend school. This means of course that whatever they learn one day, is reinforced the following day by their teachers. However with the six weeks holiday now fully in force, the biggest danger is that they forget what they’ve learnt in the last… [Read More]

Tech Gadgets The Whole Family Will Love

As your kids get older, they become a little more demanding in terms of technology. They are part of a generation that was brought up on tech and it is usual for parents to turn to teen kids to help them work out how to use a new gadget. The plus side is that they can start to help around the house and some tech gadgets can encourage them to do so!If you can find tech devices that the whole family can enjoy then you are on to a winner! However, it is also true that being a parent costs… [Read More]

School Choice

It’s that time of year when parents start applying for places to get their child into a school of their choice, even though they are very possibly out of catchment. I fully understand parents wanting the best school for their child, but because the standards may not be what you want at your local catchment school, parents start to apply all over for the best and leave their catchment school as their last choice. This is all very good, but of course it has a knock on effect and parents are clambering over each other to get their child into the… [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]

What Is The Future For An 18 Year Old?

In a few days time my son will be 18 years of age and for all intent and purposes the world should be there for him to conquer in any way he wishes, but it’s 2017 and the world today is not easy for a young person embarking upon their journey into adulthood and beyond.  He will finish studying in school and hopefully if all goes to plan and he attains the grades he requires he will be off to university. He is taking the more difficult route because he had an unconditional offer, but that university is his hometown… [Read More]

When Will You Charge Your Children Rent?

I left school at 16 years of age and my mother was straight to the point. Right son, you need a job because I’m not keeping you. I imagine I timidly replied ok mum! So I got a job and after a full weeks work I was given my first pay packet. It was an incredible feeling receiving my first pay packet and seeing my name written on the little brown envelope with details of my pay. It was awesome. I got home feeling very proud and I couldn’t wait to show my mum and this is where the reality… [Read More]

Education in war-torn countries: what you can do to help

Being a parent really brings home the importance of education for children and you no doubt want your kids to get the best possible schooling. Fortunately, most youngsters in the UK have access to decent schooling, but the same can’t be said for children everywhere. Millions of kids growing up in war-torn countries around the world are prevented from attending classes on a regular basis because it’s too dangerous to do so or because the schools simply aren’t available. Highlighting the scale of this problem, a report released recently by the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR suggested that more than half… [Read More]

I Will Have Two Children in University in 2017! Mad! 

When I was in school such a long time ago not many of us went to university. Looking back now it was maybe tougher to get a university place, but also for many of us the mentality of society was you leave school and get a job and earn a living which I imagine was inherited from our parents because it’s all they knew. University was considered a place for well to do people and very clever children. I definitely didn’t fit into either category. The strange thing is that all the people that went onto university went onto have… [Read More]