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]

Nativity Play And Graduation Day! What A Busy Day!

Last Wednesday was a very busy, hectic and quite honestly exhausting day for me, and that’s because I was in two different places in the UK. This made me realise that being a dad is the best job in the world, and one that I have cherished since my eldest was born just over 23 years ago. In the morning I was going to see my six year old twin girls in their school nativity play. These are always special moments for me. Mostly to see how the girls change from year to year, and how their confidence improves in… [Read More]

Can’t We Just All Be Dads?

Well! 2018 has been a year where the role of the dad has been re-defined, re-labelled and now there are multiple choices if you are dad of what you can call yourself. You can be a stay home at dad, a working dad, a dad blogger, instadad, a gay dad, a dad that can show emotion, a dad that is cool or more than likely uncool, seriously what dad is cool according to his children?! For me all these labels that we are calling dads is ludicrous and quite honestly ridiculous, and 2018 it has completely gone over the top… [Read More]

Finding Time For Your GrandParents

This one is all about my 23 year old daughter again. It’s definitely her turn this week. Nowadays we are so quick to criticise the youth, but yesterday I wrote a post about how my daughter works hard and saves her money to enjoy some of the good things in life, and I can’t emphasis how much effort she puts into everything she does. It’s always 110% effort. As I wrote yesterday My Daughter is off to New York Very Soon! Just shows how much she puts into work, so she can do great things like travelling. My mum, her… [Read More]

Your Children Are On Loan

When my eldest daughter was born 23 years ago, I remember holding her in my arms when she was just a few hours old. My mother was standing next to me smiling. My mum was never one with wise words of wisdom when I was growing up, but this particular time she shared some wisdom that at the time I took no notice of, and actually thought what a strange thing to say to me. My mother looked at me and said, “remember Nigel, your children are only on loan”. I was a little shocked at this statement, and distinctly… [Read More]

Don’t Listen To So Called Parenting Experts: Do It Your Way

The internet, social media and blogging is full of advice about the right or wrong way to be a parent, of which the only useful tips you could write on a postage stamp. Being a father of five children I have long since given up listening or believing anything that is written about how to parent, simply because I follow my own instincts and will always go with my initial gut instinct because after 23 years of parenting I have come to the conclusion that my gut instinct will be invariably right. Although I would be the first to admit… [Read More]

I Have Been Nominated For An Amara IBA18 Award I Would Love Your Vote!

Somebody has very kindly put me forward for an award in the Amara interior blog awards, more commonly known as the IBA18 awards. I have been nominated in the Best DIY & Home Improvement Blog Category. It’s always an honour to be considered for an award, and to be nominated has totally shocked me if I’m completely honest, but for all of that I’m over the moon. It really has made my day! When I first started my blog four years ago I wanted to split the content between DIY and parenting, and I have always tried to maintain that… [Read More]

What You Should Look For In Your Next Car?

Buying a car for you and your family is an important consideration and an important financial milestone. So how do you know which one is the right car for you? Here, we’ll share some of the most important things to look for in your next car. Safety The first thing you should consider is safety. This is the most important thing when buying a car for you and your family, especially with kids. Check the safety ratings of the vehicles you’re considering and analyze features such as airbags, backup cameras, lane assist, and many other important safety concerns. Dependability Like… [Read More]