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]

My Son Is On A Lads Holiday. Oh, The Worry And Fear!

Yesterday my 19 year old son went on his first lads holiday abroad with four of his friends, and the worry and fear that is consuming me is incredible! I’m not quite sure why, but the next 7 days can’t go quick enough for me and I can’t wait until he is back home. My two oldest daughters both went on holiday abroad with their friends, and yes I was worried, but it was not the same. Girls abroad can be just as wild I know that, but girls tend to look after each other, whereas lads just don’t. Well,… [Read More]

What have you given up for lent?

Lent is something that happens every year and it lasts 40 days. This year it started on February 14th and will end on March 29th. It always starts on Ash Wednesday and finishes on Holy Saturday over the Easter period. The idea of Lent is for Christians to reflect. It’s also a time of repentance, fasting and to prepare for Easter. Nowadays times have changed quite a bit from biblical times, possibly because we now have many more temptations, and bad habits that the human race has developed and we can consequently give up for Lent. The world has moved… [Read More]

The Christmas Cost

I’ve teamed up with Admiral insurance for their cost of Christmas campaign. The idea behind the campaign is to see how the cost of the festive season has changed over the last 40 years. Admiral have created a very clever widget which people can interact with. Simply select which year you’d like to find more about (2006, 1996, 1986 and 1976), and then  you can compare this against your spend at Christmas to find out what items have gone up and if prices have dropped on certain items. You can find the widget online at Admiral have also included some… [Read More]

21 Years of being a Parent


UPDATE  This post is the first one I have had published by the Huffington Post. Feeling very proud. I’ve been a parent for 21 years, therefore it’s fair to say it’s been a large part of my adult life. It’s actually crazy to think that it has been 21 years and it scares me to think about where the time has gone. I know everybody says it, but I do vividly remember my oldest daughter being born as if it was yesterday. Then, just the other day I was out shopping for cars with her. She now has a better… [Read More]

Drugs, Alcohol and My Children

Here’s a subject matter every parent will have to talk to their children to at some point in their lives and rightly so. It’s vital that our children are given the right knowledge and information to assess the dangers. There is no question that if alcohol was invented today it would be banned. Drugs and alcohol destroy lives, not just those taking them, but also all the family surrounding that person. So I believe in not burying your head in the sand,but talking about it.  In today’s society drugs are readily available just about anywhere you go and alcohol is… [Read More]