Parenting Teenagers It’s Tough At Times

I have been blessed to have five children and there is no doubt about it, I feel privileged that in my lifetime I have become a dad five times. However, getting it right as a dad is incredibly difficult. I think I have bitten my tongue more times than I care to mention and I probably only have half a tongue left nowadays. The big all encompassing question I ask myself is, would I change the way I have raised my daughters and my one son? The most likely answer is no, although in hindsight I may have tweaked it… [Read More]

It’s Time To Buy Some New Furniture For Our Home

Our twin girls turn seven years old very soon and looking around our home, it has become apparent that our furniture has started to look very worn out and tired. The dining room table, coffee table, sofa and sideboard have now been completely personalised by the girls with crayons, felt-tips and more paint than I care to mention. The girls have now gone beyond that stage of the messier the activity the better, the more paint on the walls or furniture or everywhere else is definitely much more exciting than painting on a piece of paper. The toddler stage is… [Read More]

An Interview With Susie Who Writes So Happy In Town & The Inspiration Behind The #itsoktofeelshit Campaign

Susie is the founder of So Happy In Town / S.H.I.T., aka Mrs S.H.I.T. She lives in London with her husband, Mr S.H.I.T. and her three children, The Little S.H.I.T.s. She started writing her S.H.I.T. blog two years ago because She wanted to share the real side of family life – the good shit and the bad shit, the funny shit and the not so funny shit because that’s life, and as Susie says they are all in it together. This week I’m very honoured and privileged to interview Susie one of most inspiring bloggers around today. Susie is also the… [Read More]

Yes! I Survived Nearly 7 Years With Twin Girls

Very soon my twin girls will turn seven years old and, yes, I survived. It amazes me that I have! Becoming a dad to twin girls, and in my case as an older dad was a huge shock to my system, especially as my three older children at the time of the girls being born were teenagers. Sleepless nights which I might add is doubled and all the other pressures of having a baby that you encounter is also doubled. It’s exhausting to say the least, and quite honestly I thought it was a thing of the past. It’s funny… [Read More]

An Interview Donna Wishart Who Writes “What The Redhead Said”

This week I am interviewing Donna, she is one of biggest mum bloggers in the uk today and is currently ranked as #1 on the Tots 100 index. Donna writes What the Redhead said, one of the UK’s top family lifestyle blogs. What the Redhead said has evolved over time to become Donna’s full time job and it has documented the whole of her children’s lives within its pages. Donna writes about every aspect of family life from days out to travel and all the little bits in between. So it’s time to find out just what did the redhead… [Read More]

My Mental Health: The Stigma Of Mental Health Needs Eradicating For Our Young People

First of all I would like thank Susie over at So Happy In Town. She has inspired this post with her amazing campaign. #itsoktofeelshit. The stigma surrounding mental health has certainly been broken down a lot since I was first diagnosed with depression in my teenage years. Back in those days I was quite simply told to pull myself together and man-up. Oh yes, by the way, here are some anti-depressants to keep you sane or maybe not very sane. Just drugged up and feeling like a zombie. Good to go then, bye. That was the way it was back… [Read More]

Did Instagram Contribute To A 14 Year Old Taking Her Own Life?

Last week there was numerous newspaper articles and television stories about a father who is convinced that Instagram contributed to his 14 year old daughter taking her own life. This is because of the content that is readily available on Instagram concerning self harm and suicide. She was apparently viewing this very easily on the Instagram platform. I’m not quite sure why this particular story has resonated with me so much, but it has. It’s mostly likely because as a father of five children, and quite frankly even the thought of one of them taking their own lives, well it’s… [Read More]

Planning An Autism-Friendly Birthday Party

Autistic Spectrum Disorder is extremely common in children. It’s estimated that around 1 in 160 children is somewhere on the autistic spectrum. When you’re raising a child with autism, you understand that social interaction is extremely important for their development. It gives them experience coping in social situations and gives them much-needed experience in getting to understand the nuances of facial expression, body language and tone of voice that many of us decode so efficiently that we take it for granted. It also allows them to get to grips with the social codes and contracts that we enter into in… [Read More]