What Is An Appropriate Age For Kids To Start Gaming?

This is something that has been on my mind for quite some time now. I have often wondered what is a suitable age for kids to start gaming of any sort. The main reason I wonder about this is because having been an avid gamer for many years, going way back to the GameBoy days, and eventually leading to Xbox, which was my preferred platform for gaming, I was without a doubt at a certain point obsessed with playing my Xbox. In fact I was so obsessed to the point where I even had the logo tattooed on my upper… [Read More]

Your Children Are On Loan

When my eldest daughter was born 23 years ago, I remember holding her in my arms when she was just a few hours old. My mother was standing next to me smiling. My mum was never one with wise words of wisdom when I was growing up, but this particular time she shared some wisdom that at the time I took no notice of, and actually thought what a strange thing to say to me. My mother looked at me and said, “remember Nigel, your children are only on loan”. I was a little shocked at this statement, and distinctly… [Read More]

Will Women Be Getting A Better Deal By The Time My Twins Finish School?

Our twin girls, R & M will be seven years old on their next birthday which is in February, by which time they will be halfway through Year 2 which is also their final year in infants, before moving on to junior school. Before I know it, they will be in secondary school and preparing for university. It sounds crazy I know, but it will be around in the blink of an eye. Recently the UK had a visit from the current president of the United States of America. The protest against his visit was immense and I hope that… [Read More]

OMG! My Daughter E Is 21 Years Old today

It’s been 21 years today since I first held my daughter in my arms for the very first time. The memory is as clear today as if it was yesterday. So much has happened in 21 years and it’s frightening how quickly the time has gone by. When you were born you weighed just over 5lbs and within 24 hours you gave us all a fright by turning blue and having a shallow breath. It turned out you were using all your energy to breathe and didn’t have any energy to feed. After a couple of weeks in hospital you… [Read More]

The Cost Of Summer Holidays With Post Office Money #Ad

The summer holidays are nearly upon us. This is a mind boggling six plus weeks of entertaining your children day after day for six weeks. It’s hard and it’s even harder when you are trying to not to spend too much money. Well, this summer I have been challenged by Post Office Money to share my budget boredom buster, which will hopefully reduce the cost of summer in our home. My six year old twin girls are big fans of Ninja Warrior UK, and ok yes, I love it too! When the show is on, we let the girls stay… [Read More]

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]