Pocket Money: When Do You Start?

When I was growing up one of my favourite moments of the week was Saturday morning. You  may wonder why. Well, It was time for my pocket money to be handed over to me! My mother started giving me  pocket when I was about six or seven years old. My mum explained that if I wanted to buy something then I would need to save my pocket money until I had enough money. For all intent and purposes it worked, although I’m sure my mum helped me out now and again. The lesson I learnt was simple. Whatever you want… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 110 

This week the Brilliant dad feature is Dai Manuel. He is an award winning digital thought leader and author, executive performance coach and certified lifestyle mentor who empowers people to lead a FUN-ctionally fit life through education, encouragement, and community. Dai models his work based on 5 F’s: Fitness, Family, Finances, Faith with an overarching roof of FUN, built on a rock-solid foundation of Health. Dai is a super dad, dating his wife, a founding partner and former COO of Fitness Town Inc, keynote speaker, professional blogger, spokesperson and brand ambassador at DaiManuel.com, freelance writer, podcaster, CrossFit athlete and coach,… [Read More]

My Five Year Old Twins Are Finding Independence 

When you are five years old it never ceases to amaze me how quickly children change and develop, and my five year old twins are no different to other children. In school they have recently been moved up a level in their reading books which was very pleasing to see. Both the girls recognition of words is frightening. They are at the tender age of five, but they’re becoming quite accomplished readers and making only the occasional mistake. It’s really amazing how they develop the ability to read. I have noticed other changes in the girls which I also find… [Read More]

Protecting Preemie Babies With Pampers: My Story #ad

I’m a dad of five children. My two youngest children are twin girls who are now five years old. They are of course very normal, funny, sometimes mischievous healthy little girls, but when they were born they were premature. The girls were six weeks early and they needed a lot of medical attention. My wife and I knew that the girls were going to be born early from about 30 weeks into the pregnancy. We found out that twin two (M) had stop growing in the womb. She had a condition called IUGR, which basically meant she had stop growing… [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]

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]

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]

Watching My Mum Get Old. It’s Heartbreaking! 

This year my mum wil be 89 years old, and over the last few years her health and well being has taken a dramatic turn for the worst. It’s been a very difficult situation for me to watch as her quality of life is far from good.  About two years ago I wrote how my mum made me sad one day. My mum said to me that she thought she should go in a home. This was really unpleasant to hear, but I also understood where she was coming from. She is lonely and her main source of company is… [Read More]

What Will Be, Will Be

This statement is one that I heard many years ago and to a large degree I have led my life this way. Why you may well ask? The truth is that I often wonder if we can really change our lives or is it simply planned out for us well in advance? Maybe even from the day we take our first breath in this world. Is it possible that the path we take is pre-determined for us? Actually, I think it is! I came up the hard way in life and I had to make my own luck at times,… [Read More]

Parents: Those Disapproving Looks Of Judgement 

We have all been in the supermarket, restaurant, shopping centre or simply going about our business walking down the street, when in the background increasing in volume you can hear a child having a trantrum, screaming the place down or a baby crying. No one knows why, but there will always be a reason. The moments I loathe are people who walk past muttering under their breath their disapproval and the fact you must be a bad parent. Of course you are not! Regular readers of my blog will know I have five children and I could just lie now… [Read More]