• 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…

  • Blogger Awards

    The Sunshine Blogger Award

    Here are the rules: 1. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and link back to their blog. 2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you. 3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive this award, and write them 11 new questions. 4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.   I’d like to thank Jemma for nominating me for the second time! Go and check out her blog, it’s well worth your time. This time I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award. It really does mean a lot for other bloggers to recognise me and include me in…

  • Fatherhood

    Parenting: Expectation vs Reality

    Babies really aren’t advertised very well are they?! You think you are getting a well behaved, sweet and innocent little baby, whereas the reality is very different. You may think you know what’s in store, let me tell you, nothing can ever prepare you for what’s to come. I’m going to be divulging into what parents think will happen compared to the complete chaos that actually happens.   Birth Expectation: You pack a bag and head for the hospital. The traffic is on your side, and you arrive at the delivery suite in plenty of time. A midwife is waiting for you and ushers you into a quiet room where…

  • Relationships

    Relationship Advice for Parents

    A couple of months into being a father I began to ask myself a question…why did I feel so distant from my girlfriend? Was it because our son was so high needs? Was being a parent more important to us now? Is this just what happens to couples after they’ve had a baby? For a long time I believed that the answer to the last question was YES. Perhaps this is just the consequence of having a baby. That you would spend the rest of your days tired and unable to function like a normal couple. Baby comes first, everything else just has to suffer for it. This mindset led…

  • Product Reviews

    Product Review – Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo

    The Fisher Price Roarin’ Rainforest Jumperoo was bought for us by my mum and it’s been so good for us that I’ve decided to write this review about it. I can’t fault this product in any way and I would recommend any parent with small children to go out and get one. When we first set it up I had no idea how popular this toy was going to be. Usually kids get bored after a while and move on to the next flashing bouncy toy they see but with the Jumperoo it has been very different. My 4 month old son Austin absolutely loves it and plays in it…