Drugs Are They Becoming Socially Acceptable?

When I was growing up drug culture, although it was there, certainly wasn’t prominent in society. As I entered my mid-teens, it was growing in popularity. Smoking weed, smack and some chemical drugs were becoming more readily available. Through the pop- culture of the time, many celebrities were in my opinion endorsing drugs as a socially acceptable hobby. There is no doubt that many of these pop stars, that many young people looked up to, were saying it’s ok to do drugs, so when I see them now saying drugs are bad, I look at them in dismay, because of… [Read More]

Parents Evening/Half Term

Last week we had parents evening, and as always I find it a little bit uncomfortable sitting down in front of a teacher, or in our case, two teachers (more about that later in the post). In a strange way it’s a bit like being back in school yourself. Sitting in front of a teacher reminds me of the days when I was in school. Not speaking until you’re spoken to etc. I suppose we never lose the respect that we had for our teachers. Very strange feeling. The most important thing to come out of parents evening was that… [Read More]

Advising Your Children In Their Teens: Don’t Do It

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a father of five children, two of them have left their teenage years oh yes! Thank god for that, one is still a teenager, please oh ! Please let the next two years go quickly, haha! And of course I have five year old twin girls, another eight years before we hit those magical but difficult and moody years. I just can’t wait, I’m so excited at the thought of two children becoming teenagers at the same time. Not. I have often read posts where people write about advice they… [Read More]

Alone On The School Playground: My Sunday Photo

Doing the school run on Friday took on a whole meaning. I think I was a little bit early to start, and found myself on the playground by myself and my only company was two school chairs. So what do you do when there is a chair or two on the school playground and you have a 20 minute wait till your children finish school? Sit down of course and have a rest, which is exactly as I did. What I found interesting was the strange looks I received from other parents as they arrived to collect their children. It… [Read More]

Should You Intervene When Your Children Are Arguing?

When I was growing up I was one of three children. My siblings were a lot older than me so arguing with them never seemed an issue. If anything I was spoiled by them, which I have to admit gives me fond memories. When I had my own children it was quite a shocking revelation to see siblings argue. From my first marriage I have three children. The age gap of all three of them is just three and half years, which is very close. As they grew up I started to see more arguments happen between them and initially… [Read More]

My Health Scare And The Meds I’ve been Taking

It’s about a month since my health scare and I haven’t worked for that month. I feel better, but the medication I was originally prescribed had a very adverse effect on me. The side effects were at times terrible to live with, of course when you are prescribed medication by a doctor, you take their word for it that they are ok, and the doctor knows best. That I have found is not the case, and you need to listen to your own body and mind, and speak out to the doctor and not suffer in silence, which is what… [Read More]

My Twin Girls: I Cannot Believe How Different You Are

At the end of this month my twin girls will turn six years old. Their tastes, characters and personalities have really developed now and OMG how different they are. I actually don’t mean just the odd thing that is different they are at the best of times polar opposites. The last few weeks I have been doing the school run full-time because I have been unable to work because of my recent health scare. When we arrive home from school, the first of their differences becomes very obvious. I tell the girls to go and change out of their uniforms,… [Read More]

Should We Encourage The Competitive Edge

We live in a world today that is very much dog eat dog, and in the business, sport or in fact any path we take in our lives, it has a competitive edge to get ahead or finish first, or top of the pile. This is the way the world has evolved. There was a time when it was natural to just take part without the fear of not winning. It didn’t matter where we finished and we didn’t need reminding, it’s the taking part that matters, which we are now on a regular basis reminded of by schools or… [Read More]