The Secret To Being The Perfect Parent Is…

The secret to being the perfect parent is…  (drum roll please) … cue hushed whispers and much anticipation… To know there is no such thing as a perfect parent! Image Okay, before you write in with fury and ire, angry at us for leading you down a false path, please try and understand the point of this article. Perfection is impossible to attain, so don’t assume you will get there, and don’t listen to what the parenting experts say, be they the super nannies on the television or the so-called ‘experts’ at the school gates. You are human after all,… [Read More]

Nativity Play And Graduation Day! What A Busy Day!

Last Wednesday was a very busy, hectic and quite honestly exhausting day for me, and that’s because I was in two different places in the UK. This made me realise that being a dad is the best job in the world, and one that I have cherished since my eldest was born just over 23 years ago. In the morning I was going to see my six year old twin girls in their school nativity play. These are always special moments for me. Mostly to see how the girls change from year to year, and how their confidence improves in… [Read More]

Keeping The Magic Of Christmas Alive With Thorntons Cheeky Elf #AD

Christmas is such a special time of the year for lots of reasons. Families get together and if like me, you have small children, keeping the magic of Christmas alive is a must! Our children are growing up so quickly nowadays. That’s why it’s so important to me that we keep Christmas as magical as possible for as long as possible. This year I have been lucky enough to have been invited by Thorntons to become part of the Thorntons Cheeky Elf Academy Campaign. The Thorntons Cheeky Elf Academy have created their Top 10 Cheeky Tricks which will help parents… [Read More]

Christmas Past Christmas Now!

I love Christmas. It’s easily my favourite time of the year by a long way, but I love the Christmas of today and that is something that has happened from the experiences of my own childhood when Christmas was not such a happy time. Growing up, as I have written about on occasion before, was at times incredibly difficult. My family when growing up has to be up with the best of them as super dysfunctional. It was like walking into a war zone every time I entered my house. I say house because it was so far removed from… [Read More]

Can’t We Just All Be Dads?

Well! 2018 has been a year where the role of the dad has been re-defined, re-labelled and now there are multiple choices if you are dad of what you can call yourself. You can be a stay home at dad, a working dad, a dad blogger, instadad, a gay dad, a dad that can show emotion, a dad that is cool or more than likely uncool, seriously what dad is cool according to his children?! For me all these labels that we are calling dads is ludicrous and quite honestly ridiculous, and 2018 it has completely gone over the top… [Read More]

5 Common Sleep Mistakes Parents Make With Their Children

The debilitating lack of sleep associated with a fussy newborn is the most challenging part of being a new parent. There are times when even the best-behaved babies seem to be lacking sleep. There’s no standard rule of thumb when it comes to getting a baby to sleep, but there are major sleep mistakes parents unwittingly make with their children.  As soon as parents learn these common mistakes and avoid them, their child’s sleeping habits are likely to become normal and more manageable. The following are 5 common sleep mistakes parents make with their children:  1. Using an uncomfortable mattress The importance… [Read More]

My 23 Year Old Daughter is Going To New York Very Soon!

In a couple of weeks my eldest daughter will be jetting off to New York with her partner and two friends. Part of me is very jealous as I have never been to the USA, but part of me is also very nervous of her trip to a country that this year has had nearly one mass shooting per day for whole of 2018. I know it’s my mind working overtime and feeling anxious about such a trip is not going to go away until I know she is back home safe. As I said at the beginning, part of… [Read More]

Christmas Gift Guide 2018 #AD

I cannot believe that Christmas is here again. The last year seems to have flown by. For me the most exciting time of the year will always be Christmas. It’s especially exciting to all gather together as a family and celebrate. Every year I have done a Christmas gift guide and this year is no different. Well maybe a little bit different because I have gone for a complete mix bag of presents that you can get for family or friends. So if you are looking for inspiration take a read to see what I have selected for my Christmas… [Read More]