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]

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 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]

Is A University Degree Really Worth All that Debt

Two of my children are currently studying at university and I have often wondered if the final degree they receive is worth the debt that is going to hang around their necks for possibly years? This debt could easily amount to 40k-50k. That in anybody’s language is massive. Especially as when they enter the workforce, their earning capabilities are very low and in all honesty, paying back university debt will be the last thing on their mind. What they will earn initially will probably only just about cover their living expenses on a day to day to basis, because even… [Read More]

Time To Get Gardening With Your Kids

With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about all the different vegetables we can grow in our garden. There is nothing quite like the taste of freshly homegrown vegetables straight from the garden to the plate. My five year old twin girls love gardening, in fact they have a gardening club at their primary school, which they are hoping to join this year. So this year, I have teamed up with Great Little Garden to create a garden within our garden just for my twin girls to grow their very own vegetables. The girls will have… [Read More]

Following In Mummy’s Footsteps: My Sunday Photo

My Sunday photo this week is all about how my five year old twin girls are following in their mummy’s footsteps with their running, and how my wife is inspiring them to lead fit and healthy lives. In the month of January the girls entered a challenge which was called the 5 mile challenge. They completed it in great style and with total dedication. On Thursday they received  their medals in the post – this is their third medal for running and they are only five years old. On Friday they were lucky enough to show their medals at their… [Read More]