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]

I’m Sure My Children Think I Have Special Powers

I have been a father for 23 years and over those years there have been times when I have wondered if my children think I have special powers to put everything right that may not be right in their lives. Truth is of course I don’t, not even close to it. I have, like so many other parents, been making it up over the last 23 years, and yes you have guessed it, I am still making it up on a daily basis. Parenting is a minefield and the problems are there constantly, they are just a different set of… [Read More]

Do Our Children See Christmas As Just A Big Bag Of Presents

Christmas is nearly upon us once again and it has got me thinking about how my six year old twins see Christmas. Is it just a big bag of presents? Of course with them only be six years old they still believe in the whole nine yards of Father Christmas delivering presents on Christmas Eve, but if I’m honest this will most likely be the last year that happens. They will be in junior school by Christmas 2019 and the truth will most likely come out from older children. I’m not actually bothered about that it to be honest. It… [Read More]

Little Things Annoy Me: Here Is One Such Situation

Last Saturday we had a final treat for the girls to end half term on a high for them. We decided to go to the cinema to see Christopher Robin. They had a one off showing of the film. and as we had missed the film when it was originally released this seemed a great opportunity to see the film. It was an excellent film and the girls thoroughly enjoyed it. It’s a very simple tale of how important family is and why we should put family first. I might add that Ewan McGregor is outstanding, a quality actor. Whenever… [Read More]

My Sunday Photo: Half-Term

For the last week it’s been half-term here in Wales. We have to split child care between us due to my wife’s and my own work commitments as we don’t have any extended family to help out. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not moaning about it, it’s just the way it is and we are certainly not alone as many other couples with children face the same issues during the school holidays with child care. For the first three days of the half term I was on my own with the girls while my wife went out to work, but I… [Read More]

Dreaming Big is Good

Teaching our children from an early age to dream and dream big is easily one of the most important life lessons and skills that as parents we should be teaching our children in my humble opinion. Teaching our children to dream about being the next best footballer, nuclear scientist, CEO of Google or to be a charity worker in some of the most troubled parts of the world. It is vital in my opinion so that they can reach their full potential in life and don’t end up selling themselves short, or have that feeling of if only I pushed… [Read More]