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]

What Is The Future For An 18 Year Old?

In a few days time my son will be 18 years of age and for all intent and purposes the world should be there for him to conquer in any way he wishes, but it’s 2017 and the world today is not easy for a young person embarking upon their journey into adulthood and beyond.  He will finish studying in school and hopefully if all goes to plan and he attains the grades he requires he will be off to university. He is taking the more difficult route because he had an unconditional offer, but that university is his hometown… [Read More]

My Two Eldest Daughters Have Grown Up 

There was definitely a point in my mid to late teens that it was not cool to be seen in public with my parents. In my case it was just my mum. The days of going to Tesco to do the weekly shop was a big NO NO! Just in case I bumped into any of my friends. Conversation between the two of us became less and was usually limited to what I wanted to eat for tea, and if you are going out what time will you be home.  There was a time before this that I would have… [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]

My Daughters and neo-natal 

If you are a regular reader of my blog you might have read that that my 19 year old daughter is currently in her second year of university studying child nursing. Part of the course involves going out on placement to different hospitals and gaining experience in all the facets of child nursing. The placement where she is just about to finish has been on a high dependence neo-natal unit in a large hospital. On a regular basis I have spoken to her and it has been a rollercoaster of emotion that she has experienced with little babies being born,… [Read More]

Childhood Bedrooms

Recently I have been employed to re-decorate two bedrooms in a semi-detached house in the suburbs of the city that I live in. The job itself is relatively straight forward, but it was the background story that got me thinking and interested me. I will explain why. Growing up I never had a bedroom long enough to call my own because we moved a lot. I’m sure that I’m not very typical because a lot of people live in the same family home throughout their childhood and their bedroom is of course their place of sanctuary. It also shows their… [Read More]

Making sure my daughter has some home comforts at university 

My 19 year old daughter has just started her second year at university and the time has come to move out of her university halls into a shared accommodation house in student land. When she was in the halls of residence I took comfort in the fact that she was safe and living in a clean environment, but of course that needs to change. She no longer has any university staff to fall back on for support and I guess this is the time to mature and take full responsibility for oneself. Of course I’m sure she’ll take all of… [Read More]

My Daughter E Returns to University for her 2nd Year

Last Saturday I was up at 6am to take my daughter back to university to study for her second year. It was a very interesting start because I wasn’t entirely sure where she was staying, but she did text me an address of a friend where she said would most likely be staying overnight after a night out on the town partying. Thankfully I had all her stuff packed in the car from the day before so at least that bit was sorted. The only text I had from her was at 3am in the morning! As you can see… [Read More]

My Sunday Photo

On Friday,I went down to Southampton university to pick up my 19 year old daughter,for the rest of the summer holidays. One of her sisters and brother came along to give her a surprise. Yes I know it looks like I’m driving without my hands on the wheel. Just to reassure everybody we are stopped at traffic lights. Which gave us a perfect photo opportunity. 

Letting go. My Daughter has gone to university

Last weekend I made the final road trip to take my daughter, E, to Southampton university. The journey of her university placement started a year ago with a visit to our first open day. It has been a long journey that has been full of pitfalls and fair amount of stress.  We left around 8am on Saturday morning for a three hour car journey. Her check-in time was 12.30pm for her accommodation, but I felt it was better to be one hour early than 10 minutes late, but that didn’t matter when we went along, they were quite happy to… [Read More]