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]

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]

Advising Your Children In Their Teens: Don’t Do It

Regular readers of my blog will know that I am a father of five children, two of them have left their teenage years oh yes! Thank god for that, one is still a teenager, please oh ! Please let the next two years go quickly, haha! And of course I have five year old twin girls, another eight years before we hit those magical but difficult and moody years. I just can’t wait, I’m so excited at the thought of two children becoming teenagers at the same time. Not. I have often read posts where people write about advice they… [Read More]

When Should We Expect Children To Become Responsible For Their Actions

Today’s children and young adults are increasingly not taking responsibility for their actions. You see this so often on TV, social media and in general life. My question is who’s fault is this? For not wanting to cause outrage, it’s us as parents. Many parents teach their children right from wrong from a very early and if they do something wrong they must face up to the fact that they need to take full responsibility. I know I have always tried to do that. Unfortunately many parents today just won’t accept that their children can do any wrong. This is… [Read More]