• mental health
    Parenting Advice

    The Importance Of Timeout For Parents

    Mental health. It’s a topic that is widely discussed online and usually concerns the younger generation. But what about parents? Looking after a child can be the most rewarding experience, but also the hardest. We get told all the time to talk about mental health, and not be afraid to speak out when we are struggling. This is also true of parents. It’s okay to not be okay.  In this post I will be talking about the importance of having a timeout from parenting, and how we can achieve this. Feeling Guilty Guilt is an emotion that all parents experience at some stage. I wrote a post about it after…

  • how to potty train
    Parenting Advice

    How To Potty Train Your Child

    Potty training is one of the most feared milestones for parents. It’s messy, it’s stinky and it’s downright disgusting. Although this is true, it doesn’t have to be as scary as it seems. There are ways that you can assist the process and actually make it fun and enjoyable. I have been working in a nursery for 2 years with children aged 2 and 3. Perfect potty training age. It’s about time that I shared my knowledge with parents that may be struggling or afraid to even start. Here are some tips on how to potty train your child. Preparation The very first thing you need to ask yourself before…

  • romantic getaway
    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…

  • 2018
    Blogger Awards

    The Top 7 Tag

    Thank you to Sadie over at Life With The Woodheads for tagging me in this very fun activity where I will be looking back at 2018. Here’s how it works… Your Favourite 7 Posts from 2018. They can be any posts at all that you are proud of. 7 Things You Loved The Most About 2018. Whether you visited somewhere, or just had one of those moments you will never forget, if you loved it, list it! 7 Things You Are Looking Forward to in 2019. Whether those plans are set in stone or you something you would like to do this year, share with us. Tag 7 Bloggers to…

  • 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,…

  • Fatherhood,  Product Reviews

    Product Review: Ride on 123 Hauck Walker

    The Hauck walker was bought for us by my brother for Austin’s first birthday. I couldn’t wait to take it home and rip open the box to put it all together. I think I might have been more excited to play with it than Austin. Now that it has been tried and tested, I wanted to write up a little product review for anyone who is thinking of buying one. A lot of walkers only last a couple of months and then children grow too big for them, or they break from overusing them. There’s also the risk of your child taking a nose dive over the front of one.…

  • Fatherhood,  Relationships

    Relationships: Post-Baby

    Relationships are great at the beginning. You meet, get to know each other, fall in love, have fun, enjoy life. Then out of nowhere…OOPS…you have a baby. Your relationship will never be quite the same again. The romance will have to take a back seat whilst you spend your days with sick on your shirt and bags under your eyes. I’m going to take you through some of the inevitable changes that will develop after you throw a baby into the mix. Date Night Date night, aka Baby-Free Night. You dump the baby on the grandparents and head out into the wilderness. You are free for a couple of hours.…

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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…

  • 1 year developmental review
    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…

  • massaging a baby
    Fatherhood,  Product Reviews

    How To Massage A Baby

    Baby massage. As a parent you are often told that massaging a baby 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…