Hannah The Spanner Children’s Book Reviews The Perfect Bedtime Story COMPETITION #AD

I have been a dad for 23 years and one of the most special parts of fatherhood for me has always been bedtime, and more importantly the bedtime story. You would think that after 23 years and five children I would have grown tired of reading bedtime stories, but the truth is I still love reading a bedtime story to my children. Well not the older children obviously! They are not so keen anymore, shame that haha, but we are lucky enough to able to read a bedtime story to our seven year old twin girls every night and we… [Read More]

Playgroups & Prosecco Book Review #gifted

I have to admit after becoming a dad to five children, reading a book was something that I could never find time to do. Thankfully three of my children have grown up so I now have a bit more time to do a few things for myself and that includes reading a book. So when I was sent a copy of Jo Middleton’s debut novel, Playgroups & Prosecco, to read and review I thought it would be the perfect way to reignite my love for books. Playgroups & Prosecco is the story of a single mum called Frankie. Frankie has… [Read More]

World Book Day In Wales #AD

World book day has come around very quickly, and this year on March 7th we will be celebrating world book day with a simple message #shareastory. It’s a simple message yet for me an important message in the fast paced technological world we live in where everything is condensed down to an Instagram page or some other form of social media. So showing our children that reading is a pleasure is really important. Growing up I always had a book on the go and there is no doubt that books can inspire you to achieve anything in life. As a… [Read More]

Book Review “What Could Go Wrong” By Brett Grayson

Over the years I have read many books about parenting which have been written by parents. Most of them I will say have usually been written by mums. So when the book, What Could Go Wrong?, written by Brett Grayson dropped through my letterbox, I was a quite excited to start reading. The main reason for this is because a dad wrote it, and so few parenting stories of the journey we go on when we become parents are written by dads. Being a dad myself it is always more interesting to read a dads journey of becoming a parent,… [Read More]

Dads Don’t Babysit: Towards Equal Parenting

Having been a father to 5 kids over 2 decades, I’ve seen a lot of attitudes about parenthood and what dads can do in the family change. I get the impression that more and more men want to take up a bigger role in the household and spend more time with their children. My kids and I have benefited so much from me being able to spend a lot of quality time with them, not to mention the benefits for my wife too! Our relationship is better and I feel more fulfilled knowing that I’m an equal parent with my… [Read More]

World Book Day With My 5 Year Old Twin Girls

It’s World Book Day on March 1st and my five year old twin girls are getting ready for it along with thousands of other children up and down the country. Their primary school every year makes a big effort to celebrate World Book Day. It’s almost part of their curriculum. The children are encouraged to dress up as their favourite character from their favourite book, and my five year old twin girls love to get in the spirit of celebrating in dressing up. My five year old twin girls are without question complete opposites, and when you see what they… [Read More]

Unleash The Hidden Novelist: Encouraging Your Children To Write

Regardless of age, we all love stories. Hearing them, telling them, being part of them. So, if your child is showing off a stellar imagination and enjoys hearing and telling stories, why not encourage them to write them down? Not only is it hugely beneficial for their learning and development, but it’s a way to show that ‘school’ subjects are far more fun than they seem in the classroom.If your little one isn’t thrilled about the idea, you’ll need to make it extra fun – fun enough to rival whatever is on the TV or how nice the weather is… [Read More]

Picture book reviews from Curious Fox

Bedtime story in our home is a very important part of the day and our twin girls love having a story read to them by their mum. Recently I was sent four picture books from the publisher Curious Fox. HERBIE’S BIG ADVENTURE by Jennie Poh is a story of a loveable hedgehog going out into the big world to gain his independence. The story is brought to life with the brilliant illustrations which are also by the author Jennie Poh.      The girls and I loved the little nervous hedgehog who summons all his courage up to go on his… [Read More]