• Fatherhood,  Product Reviews

    Baby Massage

    Baby massage. As a parent you are often told that baby massage is the way forward. It calms your baby, you create a deeper bond with your baby and your baby will love it. Shame nobody told Austin this. Austin came home from nursery a few weeks ago with a ‘Baby Massage Goodie Bag’ full of baby massage essentials. I decided to give it a try. The bag includes: Sunflower oil (apparently the best oil to use for baby massage) A towel A booklet displaying exactly how to do each massage technique A leaflet full of massage routines I knew that trying to massage Austin was going to be an…

  • Wedding

    How To Plan a Wedding – A Man’s Guide

    This is a topic that I did not think I would be blogging on this early in my life. Planning a wedding. That’s real grown up business! Now if you’ve clicked on this blog to gain some valuable information about exactly how to plan a wedding then you may be disappointed. If you’ve clicked on here to hear about a grown man aimlessly making decisions that will later be overruled then this is the place for you! When I proposed to Amy, I didn’t really think about what was to follow. Obviously I knew that I wanted to marry her, but the thought of actually planning a real life wedding…

  • Work

    Working With Children- The Truth

    “Working with children is just playing and colouring in”. This is the commonly used description of what working with children is like. The reality, I can confirm, couldn’t be more different. If you want a nice, easy, stress free job full of smiling faces and happy staff then you really need to go and work as a lollipop lady because working with large groups of children is actually quite challenging. Forget brain surgeons and rocket scientists, this is the job that will send you over the edge of your sanity. Roles of a childcare professional As a childcare professional, you need to be prepared to take on multiple roles. Some…

  • Relationships,  Wedding

    A Unique Proposal

    Do you ever sit there and think…how can I make myself feel as uncomfortable as possible? No? I didn’t think so, that’s just me then. This event happened a long time ago now, all the way back in May, but I’ve never got round to sharing my story, until now. When I decided that I was going to propose to Amy, I wanted it to be memorable. Something that people would remember for years to come. If you aren’t much of a reader and would prefer to just watch what happened then you are in luck, because I filmed the whole thing and uploaded it to YouTube. Click on the…

  • Fatherhood

    My Week as a Single Dad

    Recently I learnt what it was like to be a single parent. No Amy hasn’t traded me in for a younger and slightly less tired model. Not yet anyway. I’ve recently put a ring on her finger so there’s no chance of that now. Smart I know! Part of Amy’s job as a prison officer means that every 16 weeks she works a week of night shifts. This would strike the fear into any Dad. Men cannot survive without a woman there to tell them exactly what to do and when to do it. When we are younger it’s the job of our mothers. Then when you get older you…

  • Fatherhood,  Life

    Austin’s A&E Scare

    Every parents worst fear is that their child will be unhealthy. You worry about it all through the pregnancy and then once they are born, you take all the necessary precautions to make sure they are free from harm. So when a 111 call resulted in an ambulance turning up outside our apartment building, our whole world stopped dead in it’s tracks. Austin had been suffering with a chesty cough and a cold for about 4 days, when we thought enough was enough. We took him to the doctors to get checked out, and everything came back okay. His chest was clear and we were told that he just had…

  • Life

    From Shy Guy to YouTube Vlogger

    This is me in April 2016 being presented with a certificate for being a ‘Shy Guy’ when I spent three months volunteering in Africa. How times have changed. The guy in this picture is the same person that stood up in front of two sets of families and proposed to his girlfriend. The same guy that is now the father of a child. The very same that now uploads videos of himself to the internet for the whole world to see. Who’d have thought it? Not me that’s for sure! I have always had trouble with confidence. It held me back my entire childhood life. If there was ever an…

  • Fatherhood,  Life

    Dad’s Guilt

    This is a post that was written as a guest post for the lovely Jemma and her blog. She has very kindly allowed me to post it on my own blog too. Guilt is something that every single parent will go through at some stage. Nobody warns you beforehand how difficult parenting is going to be, and the reality of the challenge can hit parents hard. As a Dad I have experienced many of these situations where I’ve felt guilty and have doubted myself, but it’s completely natural. Men generally find it difficult to open up about their feelings but I want every Dad out there to know that feeling…

  • Life,  Work

    Childcare Needs More Men!

    Usually my blog posts are full of advice for parents. This one however will be slightly different. It’s taken me a year but finally I will be having my first rant. I read an article on the BBC website that has really hit a nerve with me and I have decided to have a good old moan about it. The article in question can be found here. It speaks of the lack of men that work in early years childcare. As many of my readers know, I myself am a 25 year old male that works in a private nursery. I am based in a room with 2 and 3…