How A Tutor Helped My Children Pass Exams #AD

When you have five children like me it can be very difficult to give them one to one time, especially when it comes to schoolwork and helping them prepare for exams. A few years ago when my now 21 year old daughter was halfway through her A’Level studies she was really struggling to understand one of her subjects, and that was sociology. It is without doubt a tough subject and she needed to pass it with at least a B grade so she could go to university and study to become a nurse which was her dream. Sadly my understanding… [Read More]

Playgroups & Prosecco Book Review #gifted

I have to admit after becoming a dad to five children, reading a book was something that I could never find time to do. Thankfully three of my children have grown up so I now have a bit more time to do a few things for myself and that includes reading a book. So when I was sent a copy of Jo Middleton’s debut novel, Playgroups & Prosecco, to read and review I thought it would be the perfect way to reignite my love for books. Playgroups & Prosecco is the story of a single mum called Frankie. Frankie has… [Read More]

Going to the Park, Playing Board Games and hunting Easter Eggs: Entertaining Your Children

With half-term just gone and the Easter holidays on the way, it’s that time to think of ways to entertain and keep my seven-year old twin girls occupied and happy. Hopefully I won’t look too bored, even though inside I will be screaming not another game of snakes and ladders please! As parents we definitely go the extra mile when it comes to entertaining our kids. With that being said, I think that if we are going to make sure they are having a good time and enjoying themselves, I think it’s important that the activities we do with our… [Read More]

Body Positivity Photos Surely It Applies to all Shapes And Sizes

There is a movement on social media all about body positivity. I think this is wonderful and I am all for feeling good about yourself, and feeling good about your body whatever your shape or size. After all it’s your right as a human being to be exactly who you want to be. I will never argue with anybody that says they are happy exactly the way they are and I will take it at face value that they genuinely mean they are happy with themselves. Why would I doubt it? I’ve no reason too. I believe there are two… [Read More]

Trying To Live A Zero Waste Life

For quite a while my wife and I have become increasingly more aware of the amount of waste that we are dumping on our planet and just what a devastating effect it is having on planet earth. As such, we have decided to try to live a zero waste life. We both feel it’s vitally important for our children so that when they become adults they’ll hopefully inherit a cleaner, more environmentally friendly planet than what it is currently. It’s also vital that we teach our seven old twins now about zero waste so it is passed onto future generations… [Read More]

Year 2 Parents Evening Half Term Begins

Last week was the last week in school for my twin girls before half term. That also means that parents evening falls in that week. I’m not sure about everybody else, but I always find parents evening a daunting experience. I always feel like an adult that has gone back to school for twenty minutes. I’m not sure if it’s the small chairs and tables, and the fact that it is held in the school hall, but it always feels a very intimidating environment and then you sit in front of their teacher to hear how your children are getting… [Read More]

5 Simple DIY Ideas For Busy Dads

Aah, DIY. As a Dad, you just get used to your kids shouting you, pointing at something that is broken, and waiting for you to work your Dad magic to fix it. In fact, your kids think that you can do pretty much anything, and whilst this is obviously very sweet, it’s a lot of pressure (especially if you’re a Dad who isn’t too clued up on DIY). Luckily, DIY is one of those things that is based upon trial and error, and it’s something that you’ll just learn to do the more that you try your hand at it!… [Read More]

Men Dads Depression PND And Suicide

The single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK is suicide. That is something that has to be a fundamental flaw in our society. In truth I actually wonder how little we have moved forward in enabling men to talk about problems they may be having in their lives. It’s estimated that around 84 men aged between 20-49 years old commit suicide, and out of all suicides recorded 75% of them will be men. Those by anybody’s standards are shocking. It is a problem that needs solving and solving quickly. How many other people have… [Read More]