A Weekend Of Worry, A Little Sadness And Lots of Driving

The weekend that has just passed was a strange and long weekend for many reasons. Early Saturday morning my 21 year old daughter left her home city to embark on her life journey. It’s that moment when you really go out to conquer the world. In my post yesterday I wrote about how after three years of university she is now a qualified nurse, but with a tinge if sadness. She has secured her first job 150 miles away, but you have to let go eventually. The worry for me started at around 6.00am. She was driving to Southampton, which… [Read More]

School Run Tips

One of the most hectic times in our home is the morning. Getting ready for school generally speaking is not hassle free, but it can be made easier, so I thought I would share a few tips to make the ever so wonderful school run a little less stressful. It works for us and it would be a rarity for us to be late for school. Between the hours of 7.30am and 8.30am on a school day, our home can be chaotic! This is usually down to the fact that we’re about to enter the toughest part of the school… [Read More]

Oh Yes! Back To School Today

Well the summer holidays just flew by in a flash. I cannot believe my six year old twin girls will be back in school in just a few days. It is actually scary how quickly the last six weeks have gone by and I have never known the summer holidays to go so quickly. This was a moment to cherish forever I could say I have survived the summer holidays, but the truth is I haven’t. I have found the summer holidays to be one of the most enjoyable six weeks of my life. I’m not entirely sure why it’s… [Read More]

DIY Jobs Around The Home Seem To Go On Forever

When you own your own home the one thing that never seems to end is the constant list of DIY jobs around the home. I know it certainly never ends for me. If anything it seems to me the list grows bigger on a daily basis. One thing I have always found though is that you’re never able to do a one stop shop for everything you need to complete all your DIY jobs either at the shops or online. It seems I am forever having to go to different shops or different websites to complete the DIY job around… [Read More]

Sunbed Stampede

We have just returned from a weeks holiday in Menorca, (full holiday post will be coming later this week), but I thought this deserved a separate post of its own. Mainly because I have never in my life experienced the stampede at a time when you should still be asleep on holiday. The time in question was 6am. Yes, you read right. OMG! 6am! On our first morning I thought nothing of sunbeds because we arrived at around 11am and we decided to stay by the pool. I casually mentioned to my wife as we were walking passed the sunbeds… [Read More]

Accepting Your Children Are Adults OMG! It’s Tough

There comes a time when you sit back and in the blink of an eye your children have become adults. It almost gives you a feeling of being redundant as a parent. Yes, you are in the background and there are possibly times when your adult children come to you for advice or help, but sadly those moments are very rare. Your children are adults and the decisions they make about their lives is theirs. You are no longer consulted or asked if it is the right thing to do. Of course that is the way it should be. We… [Read More]

Don’t Listen To So Called Parenting Experts: Do It Your Way

The internet, social media and blogging is full of advice about the right or wrong way to be a parent, of which the only useful tips you could write on a postage stamp. Being a father of five children I have long since given up listening or believing anything that is written about how to parent, simply because I follow my own instincts and will always go with my initial gut instinct because after 23 years of parenting I have come to the conclusion that my gut instinct will be invariably right. Although I would be the first to admit… [Read More]

I Lost My Temper with My Twins But I Don’t Regret It

We are approximately two and a half weeks into the school summer holidays and I think I have done very well in keeping my temper with my six year old twin girls. That was until the other day when I finally snapped. This is unusual for me because I very rarely shout like I did at one of the girls. In truth it could easily have been either of them, but it just happened to be M. We were just making a move out to go out for tea at a local pub and I said to the girls come… [Read More]