Brilliant Dad Feature Week 113 

This week our Brilliant Dad feature is Rich who blogs at Daddy And The Poo Monster. He is new to the game of parenting (and he says what a remarkable game it is!). He is a new dad to a cracking baby boy of 7 months. His blog includes an honest account of how he is finding parenting whilst working full time and trying desperately to maintain his sanity. He is loving being a parent and is so proud of his wife and The Poo Monster. He is currently functioning at about 30% due to severe sleep deprivation. This has made teaching… [Read More]

The 3 Awkward Conversations You Must Have With Your Kids

Image source Blushing, cringing, palm sweating conversations are usually avoided within families. They are the sort of conversations that purposefully get pushed down to the bottom of the list of priorities. So we are here to help you sift through the ones that you can leave there, at the bottom of that list, and the ones that unfortunately you are going to have to sweat and squirm through. These are our list of top 3 conversations you absolutely have to have. Puberty If you have kids that are heading into adolescence the conversation about puberty is certainly a pressing one…. [Read More]

How to have a Successful (big) Family Holiday

I’ve just booked a last minute long weekend in Prague’ a single friend of mine recently told me. ‘Lucky you’ was my response, and I meant it! Last minute getaways are a thing of the past when you have a handful of kids to look after, a pet who needs to be cared for and not to mention the work schedules of you and your partner and the school timetable to contend with! Maybe quick breaks away are more or less a thing of the past for me but a family holiday can be such a fantastic experience (whatever the… [Read More]

Our Children Joining Clubs And Doing Activities 

When I was growing up there was little or no children’s clubs or activities. The most you could wish for was joining your local football team, or maybe cubs before moving on to scouts. It was just the way of the world I didn’t grow up in world where kids joined clubs. Thankfully that has all changed. Nowadays there are clubs and activities in abundance for all our children and it has to be a good thing. There is no doubt about that. I feel that the reason for this is that our children are all very different, and with the… [Read More]

Brilliant Dad Feature Week 112 

This week our Brilliant Dad Feature is all about Ryan from Scotland. He is a dad to a 3 year old boy and 1 year old girl. He works for a charity that provides support to families through volunteers and in his spare time he created DadsApp which is truly awesome and I  highly recommend you check it out. Thank you to Ryan for taking part. 1. Have you always wanted to be a dad? I have always wanted to be a dad. I’m oldest of 10 children including 2 step sisters a half brother and half sister. They all… [Read More]

Four House Renovations You Should Consider If You’ve Got Kids

Let’s face it, having kids changes pretty much everything about your life – you can’t go off on weekend breaks on a whim, your wardrobe becomes a whole lot more relaxed and casual and devoid of high heels, and your house becomes full of brightly coloured plastic instead of the chic chrome and black look that you’d always envisaged. If you think your home needs some changes to fit in with your new child friendly life, here are a few tips that might make it an easier place to live in… A New Kitchen. Image source For many families, the… [Read More]

Fitting a Large Family Into a Small Home

It’s fairly common for people to feel like their home restricts them. Perhaps you simply don’t have enough bedrooms and, as a result, you have to cram your kids into a small bedroom with a bunk bed. Maybe you don’t enjoy the idea of your large family waiting for their turn to use the bathroom in the morning, and perhaps the garden just isn’t big enough for your kids to play in.We all get that feeling at some point in life, but moving home is an expensive way to get a larger house. Renovations can be expensive, and you might… [Read More]

Has My Childhood Impacted My Adult Decisions?

I have often wondered how my own very dysfunctional childhood shaped my own adult behaviour, and how would I end up dealing with my own children when I became parent? Growing up, as I have written on a number of occasions before, was tough to say the least. There was certainly no 2.4 family in my house. Not that there is anything wrong with that, because truth be known I would have killed for that as a child. Well not literally killed, but I’m sure you know what I mean! My father was absent from a very early age and… [Read More]

Do I Tell My Children I’m Very Proud Of Them Enough?

I have often wondered if I tell my children that I am so very proud of them individually. We, unfortunately, live in a very fast world and it’s difficult to remember the little things in life, but they can mean so much to us, especially to our children. They do often do something which they are rightly so very proud of, and when they tell you they are looking for a pat on the back from mum and dad, and that is the lovely thing to do. When I was growing up I would have done anything for my mum… [Read More]