Year 2 Parents Evening Half Term Begins

Last week was the last week in school for my twin girls before half term. That also means that parents evening falls in that week. I’m not sure about everybody else, but I always find parents evening a daunting experience. I always feel like an adult that has gone back to school for twenty minutes. I’m not sure if it’s the small chairs and tables, and the fact that it is held in the school hall, but it always feels a very intimidating environment and then you sit in front of their teacher to hear how your children are getting… [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]

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]

Becoming a Donor Egg Daddy: A Personal Perspective

I never gave much thought to the concept of “trying to get pregnant.” I just assumed when we were ready for kids it would happen easily and quickly – boy, was I wrong. After a year of struggling with unexplained infertility, my wife and I began considering alternative options. When she first suggested egg donation, I was shocked. She looked at me earnestly and simply said: “Egg donors help you conceive a baby – we want a baby, so let’s go for it.” How could I argue with that? Non-Viable Eggs Don’t Have to Be the Period at the End… [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]

Yes! I Survived Nearly 7 Years With Twin Girls

Very soon my twin girls will turn seven years old and, yes, I survived. It amazes me that I have! Becoming a dad to twin girls, and in my case as an older dad was a huge shock to my system, especially as my three older children at the time of the girls being born were teenagers. Sleepless nights which I might add is doubled and all the other pressures of having a baby that you encounter is also doubled. It’s exhausting to say the least, and quite honestly I thought it was a thing of the past. It’s funny… [Read More]

Mental Health Our Young People And Social Media

The world we currently live in is fast moving and technology is making the world move even faster. It’s actually crazy to think that many of our young people actually don’t have any idea what life was like without the internet or social media. It would be a very interesting study to take them back to my childhood when technology was limited to just the television, radio and a landline telephone. Yes, remember those? A fixed telephone in the home where everybody could hear your conversations. Privacy didn’t exist back in those days, but I actually don’t think that was… [Read More]

My Mental Health: The Stigma Of Mental Health Needs Eradicating For Our Young Peopled

First of all I would like thank Susie over at So Happy In Town. She has inspired this post with her amazing campaign. #itsoktofeelshit. The stigma surrounding mental health has certainly been broken down a lot since I was first diagnosed with depression in my teenage years. Back in those days I was quite simply told to pull myself together and man-up. Oh yes, by the way, here are some anti-depressants to keep you sane or maybe not very sane. Just drugged up and feeling like a zombie. Good to go then, bye. That was the way it was back… [Read More]