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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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    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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    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…

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    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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    Fatherhood,  Parenting Advice

    Putting Your Child Into Childcare Is Okay!

    Does your child attend childcare? Can you remember that very first day that they went? It was awful. You go through every single emotion possible. Guilt can often be one of these emotions. Am I a terrible parent for leaving them? Will they enjoy it? Is it the right thing for my child? These are just some of the questions that we ask ourselves as parents. Having worked in a nursery for the last 2 years, I feel I have an inside perspective on what it’s like to witness the dreaded drop-off, whilst also experiencing it myself as a parent. In this post I am going to be giving an…

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    Fatherhood,  Parenting Advice

    Beating The Milk Ladder

    Austin has had a tough start to life. Right from birth, we’ve had issues. Silent reflux. A milk intolerance. Indigestion. We even had a trip to A&E with a chest infection and pneumonia. The poor little guy has battled through though and is thriving with his development. We have recently tackled the dreaded milk ladder in an attempt to wean him back onto a normal diet. Would it be a success? Or would he be once again struck down by his health? Lets find out… Back To The Start Let me take you right back to the beginning. The first few months of Austin’s life were hard. I remember the…

  • January 2019
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    A Recap Of My January Goals

    January 2019 has been a very kind month to me for my blog. Since I’ve been putting the work in, I’ve started to notice a real difference. Hard work really does pay off. I still haven’t cracked the world of blogging, but I’ve certainly made a good start on improving it. Over the last month, I’ve tweaked over 80 blog posts, making them more SEO friendly. It has taken me hours and hours. This considering time is not always on my side. Let me remind you of what goals I set myself for January and whether I have met them or not. My January 2019 goals 500 page views on…