Finding The Balance Between Teaching The Basics And Technology With Our Kids

The world we live into today is now totally reliant and massively influenced by the internet, with social media being at the forefront of all of this. There is of course no doubt that my six year old twin girls will be hugely influenced by technology and the internet, and there will be nothing I can do about it because it’s going to be their world. In fact, it is there world. Two of my older children actually don’t remember life without the internet, and they are respectively 19 and 20 years old, which for me ultimately shows how long… [Read More]

How Much DIY Help Is Possible When Your Child Is Depressed?

Have you ever had the experience of your responsibilities and abilities being entirely mismatched, and not in a good way? If you can answer “no” to this question, is your name James Bond? A large part of parenting seems to involve confronting problems with no obvious solutions, or even an entry in the Parenting Manual’s index. Seeing that your child may be suffering from depression can certainly make you wonder what to do next. Encourage Shared Activities It’s obvious when you think about it, but scheduling a time in your day planner marked “serious talk about depression”, forcing your child… [Read More]

Should You Intervene When Your Children Are Arguing?

When I was growing up I was one of three children. My siblings were a lot older than me so arguing with them never seemed an issue. If anything I was spoiled by them, which I have to admit gives me fond memories. When I had my own children it was quite a shocking revelation to see siblings argue. From my first marriage I have three children. The age gap of all three of them is just three and half years, which is very close. As they grew up I started to see more arguments happen between them and initially… [Read More]

Oh No! It’s One Of Those Texts Again

Last year in March 2017 I wrote a post called Oh No! A Text I Never Wanted To Read. The post was all about my eldest daughter texting me about possibly going to live in Australia. My heart sank instantly and I struggled to come to terms with the thought of one of my children living on the other side of the world. I have only gone and had another one of those texts. Since March of last year not a lot has been said about going to live in Australia until just a few days ago. Yes! The dread… [Read More]

Oral-B Star Wars Brush Like A Hero

I have recently teamed up with Oral-B and their range of Star Wars toothbrushes and toothpaste for children. The importance of oral hygiene cannot be emphasised enough. It’s so important to start teaching children this as early as possible. Did you know that as soon as a tooth appears you need to start brushing it? It’s important to get children into the habit of brushing their teeth, so that your children don’t see it as a chore, but as a pleasure to keep their teeth clean and in good health just like superheroes! That’s why Oral-B are encouraging us as parents to… [Read More]

To Be 5 Years Old And Just simply Believe! 

To be five years old like my twins must be wonderful. The innocence of a child is still there, none of the harsh realities of life have in any way clouded their thoughts. Life is actually very easy. You get to be a kid and you believe in all the magical, wonderful, completely mythical ideas in the world, but hey ho, that’s ok. You are only five, plenty of time for growing up. My twin girls are five years old and we have visited Father Christmas at West Midland Safari Park (you can read my full review here), and it’s… [Read More]

Introducing Children to Technology with the Alba Range from Argos (Ad)

I am in partnership with Argos to talk about the new Alba range of tablets/televisions/mobiles. Introducing technology such as smart phones and tablets to children is a pretty daunting task for many parents. Trying to find the right balance to ensure that your child is the right age to understand the technology being handed to them, but also to make sure that they use it responsibly can be tricky. Like many parents my wife and I had concerns about screen time. Will our children pick up their phone or tablet too often? Are they too young to have access to… [Read More]

Halloween Season Is Upon Us

The day before Halloween which to me is one of the strangest celebrations of all time. If you are a fan of Halloween which in my mind is entirely ok, I would maybe recommend you stop reading now, because I struggle to find a positives about it. It really is just not for me. When I was growing up Halloween simply didn’t exist and in the last 10 years or so it has grown into a very sizeable business for supermarkets, corner shops and of course the pop-up shop. With a huge array of costumes and accessories available to buy… [Read More]