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]

The Ingredients Of A Happy Relationship

I am always amazed when I read what so called experts in relationships consider the key factors that make a happy relationship. I have long thought that people today, especially the younger generation jump into relationships much too quickly. It seems to me that as quick as people meet each other, they are moving in together and possibly having a baby. This all happens before you have had any chance to get to know each other and have a better understanding if you’re actually compatible. Before you know it, you’ve split up and you’re left to re-build your life, which… [Read More]

5 Signs You’re Dealing with a Trustworthy Plumber

The difference between a good plumber and a bad plumber is the one who puts a minimal fix on the leak to get paid today and the one who troubleshoots the root cause and finds all the places the corroded plumbing joints need to be replaced. A trustworthy plumber saves you money by fixing things right the first time and never replacing things that don’t need to be replaced. Here are five signs you’re dealing with a trustworthy plumber. Their Reputation A trustworthy plumber has a long history in the community and a good reputation. An untrustworthy plumber closes up… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature. It’s Over

I have decided after debating with myself for what seems like ages to bring to end my weekly Brilliant Dad Feature. I am doing so with a very heavy heart because my blog is three years old this October and one of the most consistent themes throughout the life of my blog has been the brilliant dad feature. When I started the feature I genuinely believed it wouldn’t go past week 10. I was a new dad blogger and after all why would anybody take the time to answer six questions? Nobody knew me, so I was overwhelmed at how… [Read More]

Easy Kitchen Makeover

The kitchen is often considered as the heart of the home, especially in family homes. It’s full of the lovely smells of cooking and baking. It’s where the food is and, more importantly, it’s where the kettle is. Get it can often be the room in the house we neglect the most. Re-decorating the kitchen can seem like an expensive venture, or inconvenient – how are you going to cook while the oven is standing in the middle of the dining room? Image But it doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Here are some ideas for decorating your kitchen with… [Read More]

Oh No! We All Forget Birthdays Sometimes

We all lead very busy lives and consequently it is so easy to forget birthdays, anniversaries or those special days that you should always remember, but life can sometimes get complicated and with children to organise for school and their incredibly busy life, we tend to lose track of time, and if you’re anything like me you’ll often forget what date it is in the month too! Of course I’m no different to anybody else. I can forget it’s somebody’s birthday due to being very busy. So, like everybody else I break out into a mad panic and it’s a… [Read More]

As Parents Do We Have The Right To Look at Our Teenagers Smart Phones

Teenagers and their smart phones. We have all seen it. You know they’re walking down the pavement with their eyes glued to their phone. I’m amazed they don’t walk into a lamp post or stray out into the road, but this is what the life of a teenager is like in 2017. Regular readers of my blog will know I’m a father of five children ranging in age from 22 to five year old twins. I have often wondered how far as a parent that we can go in terms of invading their privacy. Like so many of us today… [Read More]

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: How to Spot a Problem

Online safety is a huge concern for parents today. With kids spending time online from a much younger age, these worries can start very early. Young children may find it hard to understand the risks involved with using the internet. Or, you may be reluctant to explain too much, worried that it may frighten or confuse them. Even older children who are aware of the risks can find it hard to recognize the signs of trouble if it’s not something they have experienced before. Image courtesy of pexels While you should take measures to ensure your child stays safe, such… [Read More]

Beware Of Teenage Daughters! Let Them Pick Their Boyfriends

I have four daughters, two of which have gone through their teenage years and during those teenage years, easily the biggest minefield is when they discover boys and decide its time for a boyfriend. This was the time when I nearly chewed right through my tongue to stop myself from saying what I was really thinking about the latest boy to enter their lives. Who, of course was the best thing to ever have happened in their lives. As a dad you are faced with a huge dilemma in more than a few ways, but one thing is for sure… [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]