School Trips: My Fears 

I was prompted to write this post when I heard on the news today of a school mini-bus having an accident with a lorry and unfortunately a fourteen year old schoolgirl died with a number of injuries. I know this is rare and thankfully it doesn’t happen often, but it’s my greatest fear about school trips. I have often wondered if I am the only person who gets paranoid when their children go on a school trip for the day. Last Thursday my five year old twins went on their summer trip to a local beach about 12 miles from… [Read More]

School Choice

It’s that time of year when parents start applying for places to get their child into a school of their choice, even though they are very possibly out of catchment. I fully understand parents wanting the best school for their child, but because the standards may not be what you want at your local catchment school, parents start to apply all over for the best and leave their catchment school as their last choice. This is all very good, but of course it has a knock on effect and parents are clambering over each other to get their child into the… [Read More]

What Chance Do My Kids Stand In This Messed Up UK 

I would like to first of all say I am no political expert, in fact I’m not even close, but of course that doesn’t allow me not to have an opinion on the current mess I feel the UK is in. In the last year we have have just about had everything you can imagine thrown at us. Of course it started with the referendum on whether we stay a part of the EU. Just for the record, I voted to stay and be a part of the European Union. I will give my reasons why later in this post…. [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]

My Son Is Going To University: The End Of An Era 

My son is going to university in September and just the other day I had a bittersweet thought. When my son was four years old his mother and I separated and divorced fairly soon after that. From that marriage I had three children and thankfully I had a pretty good arrangement with their mother over joint custody and access. All three of them would stay with me every weekend and also every Monday after school they would come to mine for tea. Also if for some reason they didn’t stay at the weekend I would always see them on a Saturday. As… [Read More]

My Twin Girls and Half Term 

My four year old twin girls are on half term this week. This is split between my wife and I due to our work commitments.  I start off with Monday and Tuesday. Monday  is a very long day as my wife has to do a late shift in work and isn’t home until 8pm. I have usually put the girls to bed on my own saying that the girls miss their mummy at bedtime, but they are always very good.  First thing on Monday morning R asked me to get out a table from behind the sofa. I had no… [Read More]

My Sunday Photo 

I managed to capture this moment as my twin girls just got in the car. Before we drove to school. I love the way they are so happy going to school and that they enjoy school so much.  It a shame that it is so dark first thing in the morning,when they are going to school. Roll on summer. 

The School Run: Organised or Mayhem?

I have read on many occasions either as a full post or included in a post about the difficulty of the school run. This is something that never ceases to amaze me. I will explain why. I first of all have never been late in getting my four year old twin girls to school on time. What do I think is the reason for this? Well, it’s simple, it’s organisation. I have always been the sort of person that prepares in advance. It has always been the way I have approached my job as a painter and decorator. Everyday on… [Read More]

I Will Have Two Children in University in 2017! Mad! 

When I was in school such a long time ago not many of us went to university. Looking back now it was maybe tougher to get a university place, but also for many of us the mentality of society was you leave school and get a job and earn a living which I imagine was inherited from our parents because it’s all they knew. University was considered a place for well to do people and very clever children. I definitely didn’t fit into either category. The strange thing is that all the people that went onto university went onto have… [Read More]

The Twins Start Second Full Term in School 

Christmas is over and my four year old twin girls have gone back to school for their second full term in their first year of their school life in the last few days. There has been so many changes through the Christmas holidays. The biggest change I have seen in both the girls was strange. We have in just a few months gone from tears and upset at the thought of school which of course is heartbreaking to watch, to being asked how many more days before we go back to school. This is something I never thought I would… [Read More]