Drugs Are They Becoming Socially Acceptable?

When I was growing up drug culture, although it was there, certainly wasn’t prominent in society. As I entered my mid-teens, it was growing in popularity. Smoking weed, smack and some chemical drugs were becoming more readily available. Through the pop- culture of the time, many celebrities were in my opinion endorsing drugs as a socially acceptable hobby. There is no doubt that many of these pop stars, that many young people looked up to, were saying it’s ok to do drugs, so when I see them now saying drugs are bad, I look at them in dismay, because of… [Read More]

What To Bring When You Go Fly Fishing

If you have finally given in to your friends and are soon to embark on your very first fly fishing expedition, it is essential you have all the necessary equipment with you, and while it might not hurt to borrow a few things here and there, some fishermen are very fussy about their gear, and don’t like sharing, so in order to avoid this, here is a checklist of everything you will need. Rod & Reel – Let’s begin with the obvious, your rod and reel. If you haven’t yet purchased these two items, there are online suppliers of high… [Read More]

Parents Evening/Half Term

Last week we had parents evening, and as always I find it a little bit uncomfortable sitting down in front of a teacher, or in our case, two teachers (more about that later in the post). In a strange way it’s a bit like being back in school yourself. Sitting in front of a teacher reminds me of the days when I was in school. Not speaking until you’re spoken to etc. I suppose we never lose the respect that we had for our teachers. Very strange feeling. The most important thing to come out of parents evening was that… [Read More]

Four Storage Ideas to Clear Clutter (and Encourage your Kids to be Less Messy too)

Nobody wants to spend hours tidying up every day, but practically everybody prefers a clutter-free living space. The answer is organised storage, so you can find stuff easily without tripping over things or endless searching when items go walk-about. Storage Furniture in Living Areas Storage furniture is a godsend for households with gadgets galore and an advancing army of toys and games. Coffee tables, end tables, vintage chests or trunks, sideboards or cabinets all make it possible to do very quick tidy-ups. If children like to play in the kitchen while you’re doing the cooking, why not give them a… [Read More]

Advising Your Children In Their Teens: Don’t Do It

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a father of five children, two of them have left their teenage years oh yes! Thank god for that, one is still a teenager, please oh ! Please let the next two years go quickly, haha! And of course I have five year old twin girls, another eight years before we hit those magical but difficult and moody years. I just can’t wait, I’m so excited at the thought of two children becoming teenagers at the same time. Not. I have often read posts where people write about advice they… [Read More]

Alone On The School Playground: My Sunday Photo

Doing the school run on Friday took on a whole meaning. I think I was a little bit early to start, and found myself on the playground by myself and my only company was two school chairs. So what do you do when there is a chair or two on the school playground and you have a 20 minute wait till your children finish school? Sit down of course and have a rest, which is exactly as I did. What I found interesting was the strange looks I received from other parents as they arrived to collect their children. It… [Read More]

Powerfully Unique Ways To Monetise A Reputable Blog

Are you a leader in your sector? Does your blog generate traffic on a daily basis? There are lots of men and women who can answer yes to both questions. Unfortunately, it doesn’t guarantee success from a monetary point of view. Although it won’t appear that way, some of your favourite blogs will struggle to make ends meet. Yep, that is shocking because they have a dedicated following and appeal to advertisers. Can’t they just agree on a deal and start raking in cash? Source Some can, and they do, but the majority of bloggers aren’t as lucky. For one… [Read More]

Should You Intervene When Your Children Are Arguing?

When I was growing up I was one of three children. My siblings were a lot older than me so arguing with them never seemed an issue. If anything I was spoiled by them, which I have to admit gives me fond memories. When I had my own children it was quite a shocking revelation to see siblings argue. From my first marriage I have three children. The age gap of all three of them is just three and half years, which is very close. As they grew up I started to see more arguments happen between them and initially… [Read More]