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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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    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!…

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    Fatherhood,  Relationships

    A Romantic Getaway In Chester

    A romantic getaway in Chester was just what Amy and I needed. A night away from the usual routine. No baby, no cooking, no washing up. A whole night to ourselves to do whatever we wanted. Without wondering who’s going to do the first get up in the night. We had each other’s full attention. Relationships can be hard to maintain when you have a child. We’ve found that out the hard way. It’s far too easy to lose focus of why you love each other. The little things that you once took for granted end up getting lost in the chaos that is parenting. One of the best ways…

  • Fatherhood,  Life

    10 Hopes I Have For My Child’s Future

    As a parent, we often think about how our children will turn out. We raise them in a way that reflects our own values and views, in a hope that they will grow up to be just like us. In some ways I would love for my son to be just like me, but in so many other ways I want him to be completely different. I’m going to be talking you through some of the hopes that I have for my son, Austin. 1. I hope he enjoys life I want Austin to get as much enjoyment out of life that he possibly can. That means exploring the world,…

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    Fatherhood

    Flying With A One Year Old

    Flying has got to be the best method of transportation to arrive to your holiday destination. Having said that, have you ever tried flying with a toddler? I hadn’t until very recently. I took my one year old son on a two hour flight from Manchester to Mallorca. The shortest flight time that we could find! If you are also thinking of getting on a plane with a small child then let me share a few tips to make your journey that little bit easier. I must point out however, the results may vary. No Nappy Disasters Make sure your child’s nappy is on correctly. This one can be done…

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    Fatherhood

    Austin’s 1 Year Review

    Austin is now ONE YEAR OLD! How on earth did that even happen?! The last I remember he was a tiny dot that I could fit in the palm of my hand. I now need a lie down every time I pick him up he’s that heavy. I haven’t quite got my head around the fact that I am the father to a one year old. I’m not even sure that I have my head around being a father yet. The time has gone far too quickly and I can’t see it slowing down any time soon. I’m going to be giving an update on exactly how Austin is doing…

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    Fatherhood

    My Week as a Single Parent

    Recently I learnt the challenges of single parenting. 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 seek out a wife…

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    Life

    How Volunteering Abroad Changed Me

    This is me in April 2016 being presented with a certificate for being a ‘Shy Guy’ when I spent three months volunteering abroad 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…

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    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. Feeling guilty is something we all experience. Here’s my story. Guilt is something that every single parent will go through at some stage. Nobody warns you beforehand how difficult parenting is going to be. 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. This is completely natural. Men generally find it difficult to open up about their feelings. I want…

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    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. Here are some parenting expectations compared with the reality that actually follows.   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…