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]

Old Age Doesn’t Come Alone

My mum is now in her twilight years and with old age life changes dramatically. One of the biggest changes is mobility, and generally being unsteady on their feet. I know this better than most. As my mum has got older this is what has happened to her. So what was once easy and possible for mum to carry out everyday tasks that we all do without a thought, will become a thing of the past because mobility is an issue and being generally unsteady on her feet. One thing that has become a major issue in her later years… [Read More]

Couples And Counselling

When you meet the one, all of us instantly think this is it. My life is mapped out and nothing will ever change. Of course that is very the beginning of a relationship when no matter what you do, the other person never sees anything wrong in what you are doing. Over time it’s completely normal that gradually this begins to erode, and it is those small irritating habits that your partner has which become more noticeable, and all of sudden you actually start to begin to blow those bad habits out of all proportion. The reason why we do… [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]

Is The Smart Phone Really Killing Conversation: I Don’t Think So

We are constantly hearing how the smart phone and technology in general are killing the art of conversation in the family home or in fact in our general lives. This got me thinking is it really that different to 30 years ago before the internet had been invented to the degree of where it’s at now? Anything and everything is accessible just by a touch of a finger or google had even been thought about. Let’s be honest we would be lost without google, but it’s just an extension of the reference book that so many of us used to… [Read More]

5 Lifesaving Tips for Moving House with Kids

Moving into a new home is always stressful but moving with young children has its own unique challenges. There are, however, many ways you can make the process of moving house easier for your kids, which will help lower your own stress levels. Here are five tips to make moving with children as easy as possible.  1: Pack Early  Start packing much earlier than you think you need to. Even if you’ve moved house before. Moving with kids is a much lengthier process due to the additions of your children’s clothes and toys, and the kids themselves may also slow… [Read More]

Rollercoasters High Blood Pressure and Vomit

A few days ago a I read a fantastic blog post written by John Adams from Dad Blog UK called “Daddy Will You Come On The Rollercoaster”. The post was fabulously entertaining and although I shouldn’t have laughed I couldn’t help it at times, because like John, I too have an innate fear of rollercoasters. Although I found it amusing, I also had great sympathy with him. It also brought back memories of two such occasions when I couldn’t avoid going on a rollercoaster. Rollercoaster Ride Nightmare 1 The first such occasion was about 8 years ago when my two of my… [Read More]

New Years Resolutions For Your Car

As the new year begins all of us decide, what our new year resolutions are going to be. It could be to lose a few extra pounds of weight or get ourselves fitter and healthy. Bearing all of that in mind how many of us consider having a few new year resolutions for a very trusted friend that sits on our drive night and day, and let’s be honest is largely ignored because we jump in our car and just expect it to start and nothing goes wrong. Unfortunately that is not always the case our friend, the car needs… [Read More]