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]

Keeping Your Home Cosy And Warm During

It seems that our winters are getting colder year on year and it really is not unusual for temperatures to drop well below freezing on a regular basis. It also pretty common now to have snow right across the country every year. When I get home from work all I want is to walk into a nice warm and cosy home. When you shut the front door, you want to shut out the cold winter months and curl up on the sofa in a lovely warm home. So, the last thing you want is for your home to not be… [Read More]

Teaching Our Children Boundaries That Others Should Not Step Beyond

Teaching our children boundaries is so important to me, but it is not only the boundaries that they shouldn’t step beyond, it is also teaching them the boundaries that other people shouldn’t overstep with them. Our children, I believe, need to the learn to use the word NO, and to say, “Please don’t do that because it makes me feel uncomfortable”, and, “I quite simply don’t like it”. People take liberties with children and so often go one step too far because invariably children don’t know how to say no in an authoritative enough way to make an adult understand… [Read More]

Personal Finance Tips: Why the Grass Isn’t Always Greener on the Other Side

It’s common for people to obsess over the lives of other people. There’s a reason why there are entire TV shows dedicated to documenting every time celebrities leave their homes. While it can be fun and entertaining to follow the lives of others, it can also be dangerous when taken too seriously. This is especially true when we start comparing ourselves to other people. No two people are alike—especially when it comes to personal finances. Here’s why you need to get out of the mindset of thinking the grass is always greener on the other side.  Personal Finances Isn’t a… [Read More]

It’s Time To Buy Some New Furniture For Our Home

Our twin girls turn seven years old very soon and looking around our home, it has become apparent that our furniture has started to look very worn out and tired. The dining room table, coffee table, sofa and sideboard have now been completely personalised by the girls with crayons, felt-tips and more paint than I care to mention. The girls have now gone beyond that stage of the messier the activity the better, the more paint on the walls or furniture or everywhere else is definitely much more exciting than painting on a piece of paper. The toddler stage is… [Read More]

What is Social Housing?

Pretty much everybody has heard the term ‘social housing’ used, however many people don’t really know what it entails, what it takes to qualify for social housing, and what your options are if you’re rejected for social housing. Social housing isn’t as black and white as simply receiving a house from the council, there are different factors and options to consider – however the first step to applying is heading to your local council website and filling in the application form.  Qualifying for Social Housing  Before you can qualify for social housing there is criteria which must be hit. This… [Read More]

An Interview With Susie Who Writes So Happy In Town & The Inspiration Behind The #itsoktofeelshit Campaign

Susie is the founder of So Happy In Town / S.H.I.T., aka Mrs S.H.I.T. She lives in London with her husband, Mr S.H.I.T. and her three children, The Little S.H.I.T.s. She started writing her S.H.I.T. blog two years ago because She wanted to share the real side of family life – the good shit and the bad shit, the funny shit and the not so funny shit because that’s life, and as Susie says they are all in it together. This week I’m very honoured and privileged to interview Susie one of most inspiring bloggers around today. Susie is also the… [Read More]

One Way to Make Some Extra Money: PPI Claims #AD

Making some extra money is never easy, but if you could find a way to make some extra, what would you spend it on? Here are a few things that I would spend it on. Home Improvements This is a really big one for me because there is always so much to do when you own your home, and so often we put things off because of a lack of money. Our home is definitely in need of some TLC. At the moment, the whole of our home needs new carpet throughout, but it is such a huge outlay of… [Read More]