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 Five Year Old Twin Has Developed Empathy 

The other day I wrote how hard it is watching my mum getting old. Her mobility is probably now at its worst. It’s not a common occurrence, but one of the most unfortunate things of getting old is for no real reason old people tend to fall over and my mother is no different. What came as a revelation was my five year old twin daughter showing empathy. I was in for a shock about how one of my five year old twin girls would react to the news that her Nanna had fallen and may have to go to… [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]

How Fatherhood Has Changed Over the Years 

Fatherhood has dramatically changed since I have been a dad in the last 21 years, but wow! How it’s changed in the 50 years. When I was growing up, there is no doubt that the master of the household was Dad. I guess it’s down to the fact that he in essence was the breadwinner, king of of his castle and this gave him, I believe the misconception that his word was law. Society of that time though accepted this as normal behaviour, but the world was going to change. No longer was mum going to be able to shout… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week  106 

This week our brilliant dad feature is an awesome new dad blogger called Alex. Alex is from the UK and he has two sons, five year old Dylan and Two year old Nathan. Alex says he is a husband to someone way out of his league! He blogs at The Dad Dance and says hopefully it’s a humorous, definitely honest tale of his ups and downs as an average dad balancing part time work and parenting. Please check out his blog and follow him on social media! Thank you very much Alex for taking part… 1. Have you always wanted to be… [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]