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]

My Daughter E Made My Heart Burst With Pride

My 20 year old daughter, as regular readers may know, is in university studying to be a nurse, specialising in child nursing. She is currently in her third and final year. So all the hard work of A’ levels and then the first two years of university are culminating in this final six months or so. My pride for her was really brought home in the last few months. In the summer she went out to Uganda to help in a deprived poverty stricken area at the local hospital. Now this would probably shock most of us with the poor… [Read More]

My Son Has Been In University Just Three Week’s

This weekend my son, A, is coming home for the weekend from university after 3 weeks. What has surprised me is never for one minute, did I realise how much I would miss him. Of course it was always going to be strange with him not being around, but it has genuinely shocked me. In his first three weeks I haven’t heard from him that often which is something I expected with all the freshers events happening, but everyday I would think about him. Generally very silly things, but important things to me like is he eating properly, I hope… [Read More]

So The Adventure Begins (My Son And Uni)

Today I will be taking my son to start university. It’s a bittersweet moment, but I have nothing but excitement for him. This is the second time I have seen one of my children go off to university. The truth is I have decided it doesn’t get any easier. It also doesn’t matter if they are sons or daughters. They are simply your children, and the same worries, anxieties and nervousness are exactly the same. I worry that he will settle, he stays safe and most importantly enjoys this new chapter in his life. My son is 18 years old…. [Read More]

Keeping Your Kids Safe Online: How to Spot a Problem

Online safety is a huge concern for parents today. With kids spending time online from a much younger age, these worries can start very early. Young children may find it hard to understand the risks involved with using the internet. Or, you may be reluctant to explain too much, worried that it may frighten or confuse them. Even older children who are aware of the risks can find it hard to recognize the signs of trouble if it’s not something they have experienced before. Image courtesy of pexels While you should take measures to ensure your child stays safe, such… [Read More]

My Daughter’s Trip To Uganda Is Not Going To Plan

Last Sunday I set off to Heathrow at 8.30am so my 20 year old daughter could catch her plane to Uganda for her placement in relation to her university course that she is currently in her second year studying child nursing. Our journey to Heathrow was trouble free and her friend who she was going with arrived with her mum shortly after us. So we checked all their luggage in and sorted out all the relevant documentation. My daughter and her friend exchanged pounds into American dollars because it’s impossible to buy Ugandan shillings in the UK, but after some… [Read More]

My Daughter E Is Going To Uganda As Part Of Her University Course 

My nearly 20 year old daughter is coming to the end of her second year in university of a three year course in child nursing, and she is doing incredibly well even if I say so myself. Her grades have gone up significantly since the end of her first year which makes me very proud of her. My daughter is apparently in a very enviable position according to a ITV news report I saw the other night on tv. Most hospital trusts throughout the UK have massive vacancies for nurses, so there should be no problem getting a job. Of… [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]