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]

Is A University Degree Really Worth All that Debt

Two of my children are currently studying at university and I have often wondered if the final degree they receive is worth the debt that is going to hang around their necks for possibly years? This debt could easily amount to 40k-50k. That in anybody’s language is massive. Especially as when they enter the workforce, their earning capabilities are very low and in all honesty, paying back university debt will be the last thing on their mind. What they will earn initially will probably only just about cover their living expenses on a day to day to basis, because even… [Read More]

When Parents & Teachers Meet – Another Take on the Parent-Teacher Conference

Mrs. D shares some first-hand advice from a teacher’s perspective in her article “Preparing For the Parent-Teacher Conference” available online at:http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/68592/preparing_for_the_parntteacher_conference.html. It is great to hear an experienced teacher’s perspective on parent-teacher conferences. As a veteran of dozens of the yearly meetings, I’ve certainly formulated my own opinion about how to prepare and navigate the conferences. While I agree with Mrs. D. on many points, I think there may be more to keep in mind – and maybe some advice for teachers as well… As an involved parent, I’ve had my own “take” on these annual meetings and have developed… [Read More]

How to organise and create a homework schedule for your child

It is no secret that kids are not big fans of doing their homework. Particularly when they may feel that there are a variety of other awesome things that they could be doing with their time. The trouble is, as parents, we know that making sure that they do their homework is incredibly important. So, how can you make homework that little bit easier to bear for your both? Why not consider setting a homework routine and schedule. Not only will this ensure that they know when homework is to be done, but also managers their expectations and get their… [Read More]

School Photos Parents Evening Year 1 (My Twins)

We are coming to the end of the first half of the first term of year 1 for my five year old twin girls. Oh how they are changing! At times I completely fail to understand what they are talking about! On Monday just gone the girls had their school photographs taken. The conversation I had was interesting to say the least. It reminded me that the girls are only five years old and sometimes are very limited with their explanations about their day at school. So I asked how did school go today and did you have your school… [Read More]

Playground Politics 

It’s never ceases to amaze me, the playground at the girls school. We are now in our second year of our twin girls school lives. They have, I must say settled beautifully into school life and rarely give any sort of issue in going to school or whilst they are there. In fact their enthusiasm for school is awesome to watch. Their thirst to learn is at times awe inspiring. So my update is a follow on from my post of a while back called a lone dad on the mum playground. I will say things have changed a little… [Read More]

So The Adventure Begins (My Son And Uni)

Today I will be taking my son to start university. It’s a bittersweet moment, but I have nothing but excitement for him. This is the second time I have seen one of my children go off to university. The truth is I have decided it doesn’t get any easier. It also doesn’t matter if they are sons or daughters. They are simply your children, and the same worries, anxieties and nervousness are exactly the same. I worry that he will settle, he stays safe and most importantly enjoys this new chapter in his life. My son is 18 years old…. [Read More]

My Twins Have Started In Year 1 Scary!

My five year old twins have started back at school after the summer holidays. They are now in year 1, OMG! Very scary. Is it really two years ago they started nursery at the school going for two hours five times a week? The tears and I don’t want to go to nursery, were fairly common at the beginning, very stressful and upsetting times.Reception last year was a little bit tough when they started and we definitely had a few tears especially when the reality hit home that they had to stay there all day, but they settled and school… [Read More]