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    Life

    Climbing Moel Famau For Cancer Research

    25th May 2019 was the day of our second charity walk. Last year we raised over £1000 walking 11 and a half miles. This year we decided to climb Moel Famau, a small mountain in Wales. What made this walk so challenging was the fact that one year old Austin was going to be climbing too. Although we didn’t raise quite as much this year, the total still surpassed £550. The charity that we are raising money for is Cancer Research UK. Our motivation for this charity comes from the sad passing of my Dad in 2017. You can read all about his story here. Since then, our family has…

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    Fatherhood,  Parenting Advice

    Screen Time – How Much Is Too Much For Children?

    Children’s screen time. Are we educating our kids with useful information? Or are we just frying their brain cells? It’s a topic that is debated by pretty much everyone. Parents, professionals, non-parents who think they are professionals. Literally everyone has an opinion on how much screen time children should have. You won’t find a definitive answer though, it all comes down to personal preference. I decided to do some research into the topic to find out what other parents think, and to give an insight into my own views on children’s screen time. The reason that I decided to look into this topic came from a new study from the…

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    Fatherhood

    10 Signs You Are A Parent

    You may have noticed that you have become a parent. I hope you have anyway! You might have also realised that your behaviour has changed. You have started doing things that you have never done before. Here are 10 things that you could now class as parenting behaviour. 1. You know the theme songs for every programme on CBeebies Do you ever find yourself with a quiet minute to yourself in the day, sat quietly with only your thoughts to occupy you? Then out of nowhere you realise that you are humming the theme song to Postman Pat. It happens to me on a regular occurrence. I don’t know where…

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    Fatherhood,  Parenting Advice

    My Child Doesn’t Have To Share

    Sharing can be a difficult concept for young children to understand. We expect them to give something that they really want to someone else, just because they want it too. One thing I will not be doing as a parent is forcing my little boy to share his things. Most of the time, he will share his toys with me and with other children, which I want. I want him to be able to feel okay with the decision that he is making. If he doesn’t want to give me something though, I won’t be forcing him to. I’ve heard it many times, when an adult tells a child that…

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    Fatherhood

    The Working Parent vs Stay At Home Parent Debate

    The greatest parenting debate ever produced. It divides opinions. There’s no right answer, and there will never be a winner of the argument. It’s just one of them debates that will carry on forever. Which is harder? Being a working parent, or a stay at home parent? I’ve been lucky enough to experience both, and still do on a weekly basis. So I feel like I am the perfect parent to be able to make a judgement. My career as a nursery worker means that I spend four days as a working parent (two of which Austin is with me), and three days as a parent at home. This means…

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    Fatherhood

    Austin’s Easter Bonnet

    Easter was never really a time of year that I bothered with. Apart from the eating of Easter eggs of course. Now that I have a child though, I have a duty as a father to make Easter time as fun and exciting as possible. What better way to do this than making our very first Easter bonnet. Plenty of mess, and lots of little items that Austin could potentially swallow or stick up his nose. This was going to be fun. We first went to Home Bargains to buy our Easter bonnet set. It only cost us £3.99 and inside you get loads of different decorations to make your…

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    Life

    Has Masculinity Lost It’s Appeal?

    Let’s talk about masculinity. What does it mean to be a ‘masculine’ or ‘manly man’? The first traits that come to mind are strength and ability to successfully use a power tool. If this were true, that would rule me out straight away. I don’t ever pretend to class myself as ‘manly’. It’s not in my DNA. I took to social media to try and find out if the typical masculine man was still what women (and men) find attractive, or if society has changed it’s views. Does being manly still put you at the top of the pile? A Little Bit About Me Let me first give you a…

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    Day Trips,  Fatherhood

    A Day Out At Farmer Ted’s Adventure Farm

    We recently went on a day out to Farmer Teds Adventure Farm. It’s not always easy to go on these days out due to our busy schedules. However, we packed a bag and headed on out for a rare day in the sun at Farmer Ted’s. Austin loves animals and being outside, so it seemed like the perfect place to take him. I’m going to be writing an honest review of what I thought, for any parents who are thinking about going too. How Much Does It Cost? For two adults and a child under 3 it cost £19 (adults £6.75 each and £5.50 for a child). This isn’t bad…

  • terrible twos
    Fatherhood,  Parenting Advice

    How To Survive The Terrible Twos

    Babies are adorable. So well behaved. They cry when they want something and then go back to their calm state after their needs are met. UNTIL THEY TURN TWO. If your child is coming up for their second birthday, then hold on to your sanity, because the Terrible Twos are fast approaching, and it’s not going to be pleasant. In this post, I’m going to be explaining exactly what the Terrible Twos involves, and how you are going to survive it.   What are the Terrible Twos? The Terrible Twos is a normal stage of development that usually starts at the age of two. It can last for over a…

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    Blogger Awards

    Parenting Alphabet Challenge

    I’ve been involved in many blogging awards in my time writing. From the Versatile Blogger Award to the Sunshine Blogger Award. I’ve enjoyed being a part of them so much that I decided to make my own. This one is called the Parenting Alphabet Challenge. The idea is to use all 26 letters of the alphabet to describe what parenting means to you. Here are the rules for the challenge..   Rules: Tag the blogger that nominated you Use a word starting with all 26 letters of the alphabet to describe what parenting is like for you Nominate 10 other bloggers to complete the challenge next Have fun doing it!…