The Secret To Being The Perfect Parent Is…

The secret to being the perfect parent is…  (drum roll please) … cue hushed whispers and much anticipation… To know there is no such thing as a perfect parent! Image Okay, before you write in with fury and ire, angry at us for leading you down a false path, please try and understand the point of this article. Perfection is impossible to attain, so don’t assume you will get there, and don’t listen to what the parenting experts say, be they the super nannies on the television or the so-called ‘experts’ at the school gates. You are human after all,… [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]

Why the way you speak to your child matters

When we become parents, we spend a lot of time thinking about how our children speak to us and how we can help them to behave. When they need discipline, we correct their behaviour and we make sure that when they want something they show manners and grace to get it. We move children away from rude behaviour and yet, while we’re doing all this, it’s rare that we think about what we say as parents, and how we say it. It’s very hard to view what we are doing objectively, because as far as we’re concerned, we’re right. Ask… [Read More]

Instagram Event At Facebook HQ London Protecting Our Teens In Association With Mumsnet

On Monday I travelled up to London for an Instagram event at Facebook HQ. To a lot of people that might not be a big deal, but for me it was a very big deal! I have been blogging for a long time now and I have lost count of the amount of times I have been invited to events, and the truth is I have never gone to one. There are a couple of reasons why. The major reason is that I live in South Wales and invariably the events take place in London so it’s a big effort… [Read More]

Common boiler problems and how to prevent themes

If you look after your boiler properly, it’s less likely to break down. Plus, according to OFTEC, a well-maintained boiler unit can be up to 8 per cent more efficient and save you money in the long run. Ideally, you should get your boiler serviced every year. As fuel management experts Certas Energy point out, this can reduce the risk of expensive and inconvenient breakdowns. In this blog, we take a look at some of the most common boiler-related problems, what you should do if they crop up and how you can prevent them from happening in the first place. … [Read More]

Doctors, Medications How Life Has Changed This Year

My life seems to be a circle of doctors appointments, having blood taken at regular intervals and the constant thought of have I taken my medications today, which I find incredibly irritating. Life this year has changed for me beyond what I thought it would. It’s a strange feeling because I no longer feel like me. I’m not the man I was, and I don’t mean that in an alpha male way. My confidence has taken a hit this year and I think all the time, what next? This has all stemmed from having a stroke earlier this year. Physically,… [Read More]

Christmas Past Christmas Now!

I love Christmas. It’s easily my favourite time of the year by a long way, but I love the Christmas of today and that is something that has happened from the experiences of my own childhood when Christmas was not such a happy time. Growing up, as I have written about on occasion before, was at times incredibly difficult. My family when growing up has to be up with the best of them as super dysfunctional. It was like walking into a war zone every time I entered my house. I say house because it was so far removed from… [Read More]

What to Do When Your Parents Are Poor Money Managers

With 80 percent of Americans currently in debt, it is clear that many people struggle with their finances. The reasons for this include but are not limited to; not having a budget, over spending, get rich quick schemes, lack of financial knowledge and getting into debt. Almost 90% of baby boomers and 80% of Gen Xers are in debt. If your parents are bad with money, you have probably experienced one or more of these scenarios; They make unnecessary purchases with their money.  They keep calling you to bail them out of every bad financial situation.  They borrow money from… [Read More]