Hannah The Spanner Children’s Book Reviews The Perfect Bedtime Story COMPETITION #AD

I have been a dad for 23 years and one of the most special parts of fatherhood for me has always been bedtime, and more importantly the bedtime story. You would think that after 23 years and five children I would have grown tired of reading bedtime stories, but the truth is I still love reading a bedtime story to my children. Well not the older children obviously! They are not so keen anymore, shame that haha, but we are lucky enough to able to read a bedtime story to our seven year old twin girls every night and we… [Read More]

Rewarding Parents – How Much Can We Earn For Our Favourite Job

Being a parent is the most rewarding job in the world, as well as life changing. It comes with the tears, the tempers and the tantrums, but the love and unconditional pride you feel whilst cooking meals that may not get eaten and tidying toys that will be broken is priceless. Multitasking if I only got paid. In fact, how can you put a price on parenting? Ahead of Mother’s Day, Funky Pigeon have created a #ParentsSalary calculator for stay-at-home parents to work out just how much they could be paid should each parental duty come with a salary; cooking,… [Read More]

Raising Little Geniuses: How To Make Your Kids Smarter

Young children are much more intelligent than we give them credit for. While your little one might not be Einstein or Curie material quite yet, they do learn a tremendous amount just through everyday living. They learn about physics with toy bricks and maths when setting the table. As parents, we want to give our children every advantage in life, so it’s natural to want to nurture their minds as much as you can. With that in mind, here are six ways to raise smarter kids. From Pexels 1. Ditch The Junk Food Junk food doesn’t provide the nutrients that your… [Read More]

Decorating A Child’s Bedroom With A Twist

Decorating a children’s bedroom can be very difficult, especially if you have twin girls as I do. Their characters, personalities and tastes are polar opposites. That means somehow we have to find a theme that both the girls are happy with, and believe me that is something that is incredibly difficult. You would think with me being a painter and decorator that decorating the girls bedroom would be a walk in the park, well, the decorating will be easy enough, that’s what I do everyday, but it is the decisions of what is going onto the wall that will be… [Read More]

Giving The Girls Bedroom A Facelift With New Duvet Covers

We live in a two bedroom bungalow, we have one bedroom and our seven year twin girls share a bedroom. A perfect arrangement you would think. Well not quite! Our twin girls are total opposites when it comes to their tastes and interests. In fact I call them my Superhero and Princess because of their personalities and character being so different. So when it comes to their bedroom, it’s always very difficult to keep both the girls happy. Their bedroom usually ends being divided into two completely different themes. So here are a few ideas to give a kids bedroom… [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]

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]

5 Things That Make Christmas Special For Me

I have said this recently, actually more than once, yes, I love Christmas! It really is my favourite time of the year! The excitement and build-up to Christmas day, there really is nothing like it! It’s the little things like when my six year old twin girls wake up in the morning and ask which number on the advent calendar to open, and then excitedly realise it’s one less day to Christmas. There are many things that make Christmas special for me, but I thought I would list my absolutely top five special things about Christmas, so here we go!… [Read More]