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]

Teaching Our Children Boundaries That Others Should Not Step Beyond

Teaching our children boundaries is so important to me, but it is not only the boundaries that they shouldn’t step beyond, it is also teaching them the boundaries that other people shouldn’t overstep with them. Our children, I believe, need to the learn to use the word NO, and to say, “Please don’t do that because it makes me feel uncomfortable”, and, “I quite simply don’t like it”. People take liberties with children and so often go one step too far because invariably children don’t know how to say no in an authoritative enough way to make an adult understand… [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]

Caring For Your Beard With Beard Buys #AD

In todays modern world a lot of men have beards. Some of them long, some bushy and some not so bushy, however would you believe that there was once a time when only certain men of particular professions such as men who spent their lives at sea had a beard. The remainder of us men were usually clean shaven. That was just the way it was. Of course times have dramatically changed and it’s just as common to have a beard as it is to be clean shaven nowadays. To see men walking around with full beards is very common… [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]

Domestic Abuse: Finally Society is Beginning To Accept Men Suffer Too

When we hear the phrases, domestic abuse or domestic violence, we naturally think that it is the female in the relationship that is being abused, and to some extent I can understand this. I mean after all, of all the cases of domestic violence or abuse that are reported to authorities, two thirds of them are women. This means that over a third are men, and in truth that is just the tip of the iceberg. That’s for the simple reason that men are unwilling to report domestic abuse/violence to the police, and they’re unlikely to seek help when they… [Read More]