Why the way you speak to your child matters

When we become parents, we spend a lot of time thinking about how our children speak to us and how we can help them to behave. When they need discipline, we correct their behaviour and we make sure that when they want something they show manners and grace to get it. We move children away from rude behaviour and yet, while we’re doing all this, it’s rare that we think about what we say as parents, and how we say it. It’s very hard to view what we are doing objectively, because as far as we’re concerned, we’re right. Ask… [Read More]

Instagram Event At Facebook HQ London Protecting Our Teens In Association With Mumsnet

On Monday I travelled up to London for an Instagram event at Facebook HQ. To a lot of people that might not be a big deal, but for me it was a very big deal! I have been blogging for a long time now and I have lost count of the amount of times I have been invited to events, and the truth is I have never gone to one. There are a couple of reasons why. The major reason is that I live in South Wales and invariably the events take place in London so it’s a big effort… [Read More]

Buy The Best Family Car For Your Clan With These Tips

Do you think that it’s time you replaced your car and got a new set of four wheels in your garage? Generally speaking, most people decide to replace their vehicle every ten years or so, but you may need to do so earlier if your current one has been playing up and regularly needs maintenance and work. That’s not the only reason why you might want to replace your car sooner – sometimes families like to trade in their current car for a newer model just so they can benefit from all the latest safety and security features. If you… [Read More]

Common boiler problems and how to prevent themes

If you look after your boiler properly, it’s less likely to break down. Plus, according to OFTEC, a well-maintained boiler unit can be up to 8 per cent more efficient and save you money in the long run. Ideally, you should get your boiler serviced every year. As fuel management experts Certas Energy point out, this can reduce the risk of expensive and inconvenient breakdowns. In this blog, we take a look at some of the most common boiler-related problems, what you should do if they crop up and how you can prevent them from happening in the first place. … [Read More]

Doctors, Medications How Life Has Changed This Year

My life seems to be a circle of doctors appointments, having blood taken at regular intervals and the constant thought of have I taken my medications today, which I find incredibly irritating. Life this year has changed for me beyond what I thought it would. It’s a strange feeling because I no longer feel like me. I’m not the man I was, and I don’t mean that in an alpha male way. My confidence has taken a hit this year and I think all the time, what next? This has all stemmed from having a stroke earlier this year. Physically,… [Read More]

Christmas Past Christmas Now!

I love Christmas. It’s easily my favourite time of the year by a long way, but I love the Christmas of today and that is something that has happened from the experiences of my own childhood when Christmas was not such a happy time. Growing up, as I have written about on occasion before, was at times incredibly difficult. My family when growing up has to be up with the best of them as super dysfunctional. It was like walking into a war zone every time I entered my house. I say house because it was so far removed from… [Read More]

What to Do When Your Parents Are Poor Money Managers

With 80 percent of Americans currently in debt, it is clear that many people struggle with their finances. The reasons for this include but are not limited to; not having a budget, over spending, get rich quick schemes, lack of financial knowledge and getting into debt. Almost 90% of baby boomers and 80% of Gen Xers are in debt. If your parents are bad with money, you have probably experienced one or more of these scenarios; They make unnecessary purchases with their money.  They keep calling you to bail them out of every bad financial situation.  They borrow money from… [Read More]

How Do I Know My Electrical Panel Needs an Upgrade?

Customers often ask if they should upgrade their electrical panel. Some reasons are obvious, but others may not be immediately so. A professional electrician can help you determine if an upgrade is necessary. They can troubleshoot and evaluate electrical panels and components as well in many cases. If you’re not sure whether your panel should be upgraded, here are some clues:  Sparking A sparking electrical panel is unsettling at the very least. Sizzling, popping, crackling, and static sounds are hard to miss. If a circuit breaker is sparking, turn off the main breaker to avoid further damage. Sparking is caused… [Read More]