Planning An Autism-Friendly Birthday Party

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is extremely common in children. It’s estimated that around 1 in 160 children is somewhere on the autistic spectrum. When you’re raising a child with autism, you understand that social interaction is extremely important for their development. It gives them experience coping in social situations and gives them much-needed experience in getting to understand the nuances of facial expression, body language and tone of voice that many of us decode so efficiently that we take it for granted. It also allows them to get to grips with the social codes and contracts that we enter into in… [Read More]

Rollercoasters High Blood Pressure and Vomit

A few days ago a I read a fantastic blog post written by John Adams from Dad Blog UK called “Daddy Will You Come On The Rollercoaster”. The post was fabulously entertaining and although I shouldn’t have laughed I couldn’t help it at times, because like John, I too have an innate fear of rollercoasters. Although I found it amusing, I also had great sympathy with him. It also brought back memories of two such occasions when I couldn’t avoid going on a rollercoaster. Rollercoaster Ride Nightmare 1 The first such occasion was about 8 years ago when my two of my… [Read More]

Special Moments With My Children

Some special moments in life when it involves your children are very special. These moments are ones that you’ll remember forever and hopefully when you are no longer around your children will remember those special moments too. One such occasion for me was boxing day. It was special because for only the second time this year I had all five of my children in the same room at the same time. This is such a rare occurrence for the simple reason that three of my children are 23, 21 and 19 years of age, then at the other end of… [Read More]

Alcohol And Our Children

In the last couple of days I’ve learnt something that shocked me. Did you know that it is illegal to give a child under the age of five alcohol, however it is completely legal for a parent to give their child over the age of five alcohol in their own home. If I’m honest this is staggering. The fact that parents can teach their children drinking habits from the age of just five years old is just wrong. Surely this is a world gone mad! It’s where supposedly liberal parents see it fit to give children a substance such as… [Read More]

Nativity Play And Graduation Day! What A Busy Day!

Last Wednesday was a very busy, hectic and quite honestly exhausting day for me, and that’s because I was in two different places in the UK. This made me realise that being a dad is the best job in the world, and one that I have cherished since my eldest was born just over 23 years ago. In the morning I was going to see my six year old twin girls in their school nativity play. These are always special moments for me. Mostly to see how the girls change from year to year, and how their confidence improves in… [Read More]

5 Common Sleep Mistakes Parents Make With Their Children

The debilitating lack of sleep associated with a fussy newborn is the most challenging part of being a new parent. There are times when even the best-behaved babies seem to be lacking sleep. There’s no standard rule of thumb when it comes to getting a baby to sleep, but there are major sleep mistakes parents unwittingly make with their children.  As soon as parents learn these common mistakes and avoid them, their child’s sleeping habits are likely to become normal and more manageable. The following are 5 common sleep mistakes parents make with their children:  1. Using an uncomfortable mattress The importance… [Read More]

My 23 Year Old Daughter is Going To New York Very Soon!

In a couple of weeks my eldest daughter will be jetting off to New York with her partner and two friends. Part of me is very jealous as I have never been to the USA, but part of me is also very nervous of her trip to a country that this year has had nearly one mass shooting per day for whole of 2018. I know it’s my mind working overtime and feeling anxious about such a trip is not going to go away until I know she is back home safe. As I said at the beginning, part of… [Read More]

Remembrance Sunday And My 6 Year Old Twin Daughters: My Sunday Photo

On Monday last week all the children at our daughters school were asked to bring rocks or pebbles into school. have to admit I had no idea why and true to form I completely forgot. I told the teacher we had forgotten and she said tomorrow would be fine to bring them in. By chance when I was walking back to my car to go to work I bumped into one of the other mums and mentioned if her daughter had taken a rock in and she replied yes, and she said I have some spares which I was welcome… [Read More]