Parenting Teenagers It’s Tough At Times

I have been blessed to have five children and there is no doubt about it, I feel privileged that in my lifetime I have become a dad five times. However, getting it right as a dad is incredibly difficult. I think I have bitten my tongue more times than I care to mention and I probably only have half a tongue left nowadays. The big all encompassing question I ask myself is, would I change the way I have raised my daughters and my one son? The most likely answer is no, although in hindsight I may have tweaked it… [Read More]

Those Teenage Years

Two of my children are no longer teenagers and do I miss those days of indecision, hormones and being told, “Dad! You don’t understand!” As if I was never a teenager, which if I’m honest initially would annoy the hell out of me, but I got to the point where it simply went over my head. Do I miss them not a chance! My son is 19 years old and is gradually coming out of those teenager years where you are full of angst and the temperament is like a rollercoaster ride. He turns 20 next March, by which time… [Read More]

Predicting My Twins Tastes When They Are Teenagers

About a year ago I wrote a post about my five year old twin girls and how their personalities and characters are so completely different. They are without a doubt my little superhero and princess. It’s fascinating that they are only two minutes apart in being born, but can be so totally different. The one twin M is definitely a girly girl with dresses and hair bands in abundance, and pink being the colour of choice. On the other hand my other twin R is my Superhero with Spider-Man being her character of choice and her clothes can’t have flowers… [Read More]

The Teenage Years 

I have lived a few years and looking back at life, I have often wondered what were the toughest years to live and for me it’s a no brainer. The teenage years were easily the hardest as they are for a massive percentage of young people. We all have changes in our lives, but more often than not, we are matured and experienced enough to be able to deal with a lot of  issues and changes that are put in front of us. When you are 13 years old or there about whichever gender you are, be it a boy… [Read More]