Dads! Do You Talk To Your Daughters About Periods #Pads4Dads Campaign

Did you know that nearly half of all dads in the UK have not talked to their daughters about periods? In addition, only 1 in 3 dads have purchased period products, 4 in 10 dads never learnt about periods at school, and 45% of dads are unsure what the signs are that a girl might be about to start her period. These were the results from a survey carried out by Hey Girls UK. You have to be brutally honest here. Those are shocking results. Dads need to join the bloody conversation! I am a father of four daughters and… [Read More]

Transgender Kids 

A little while ago I watched Louis Theroux’s documentary about transgender kids. I was completely engrossed by the show and the stories of children not knowing, or in fact knowing if they are in the right body or if they are the right gender. Since watching the show I have struggled to decide if it is right for children to be having gender consultations, therapy and in some cases drugs for a gender re-assignment. I will say though that it is the fundamental right of any human being to be who they want to be, and that choice must never… [Read More]

My Little Superhero and Princess 

I wrote a post in March last year called Superhero v Princess. The post was all about my five year old twin girls and although there is only two minutes between them being born they really couldn’t be more different in their likes and dislikes. I have wondered for a long time whether it’s nurture or nature and I come to the conclusion that it really has to be nature. Neither my wife nor I are passionate about superheroes or princesses so they couldn’t possibly have been influenced by us. The girls have just turned five years old and after… [Read More]

R and M: My Twins Are 5 Years Old Today 

R and M are five years old today. My twin girls are really starting to grow up. It’s frightening just how quickly the last five years have gone. It doesn’t seem like yesterday that we were bringing them home from Neo-natal after being born six weeks early and spending 27 days on a special care unit. I vividly remember picking up the car seats the girls were in and thinking the car seats probably weigh twice as much as the girls.   Now OMG! They are five years old, in school full-time and developing so very quickly. If they ever… [Read More]

Our Twin Girls are Really Changing

Our twin girls are nearly half way though the fourth year of their lives and they are a pleasure to be around. They are funny and now beginning to laugh with us and at us! Which actually is very amusing. They are very close to each other and are now playing games with each for long periods of time and that is wonderful and satisfying to watch.  Mummy and Daddy are without question a very soft touch, both of us probably find it impossible to go to the shop or on a day out, without buying them something and in… [Read More]

Conversations with my four year olds: Gender Stereotyping

After having a conversation with my four year old twins the other day about what they wanted to be when they were older, it got me thinking.   It got me to thinking that they have no idea about gender sterotyping in society, but the reality is it’s alive and kicking. My hope and dream is that by the time they are old enough to understand about gender sterotyping that it has been eradicated once and for all in society. It’s manipulative behaviour  does conditions them that pink is for girls and blue is for boys. The twins were conceived… [Read More]