Has 2019 even started yet?

Has 2019 even started yet?

It feels like it’s been a very slow and frustrating start to the year. I’ve always been someone whose mood can be easily affected by the weather. So the January blues are always a given for me. It’s why I’m pretty famous in my friends and family circle as the guy who invented the “January present for themselves”. In previous years it seems to be the month I’ve treat myself to the next bit of tech, be it a new…

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Don’t call me a lucky parent

Don’t call me a lucky parent

I’ll set the scene. My daughter is now six, she sleeps by herself in her room and in the last few weeks has started to play relatively quietly when she wakes up early. She then comes into our room when the sun comes up on her Gro clock. This does not mean I’m a lucky parent. iBears normal bedtime routine is to go upstairs with one of us with a story around 7:45-8:00pm. She then settles and falls asleep pretty…

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Am I smothering my Daughter?

Am I smothering my Daughter?

My five year old Daughter and I have a brilliant relationship. I’ve been a hands on Dad since the moment she was born.  I changed her, I bathe her, I put her to bed, I do homework with her, I read to her, I play with her. I wouldn’t have it any other way either.  It can be tough, of course.  Having very little time to myself has always been an issue but I wouldn’t change it for the world….

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For one terrifying moment, I thought I’d lost her.

For one terrifying moment, I thought I’d lost her.

Recently I experienced the fright of my life. A kind of raw terror that I have never had before and definitely do not want again. I thought I’d lost my Daughter. I thought she’d been taken. It was 15:40 on a Friday, I was at work and my mind was starting to focus on the weekend ahead and what we would get up to.  Then my mobile phone rang. The number coming up was the school.  I stared at my…

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My faith in humanity has been restored.

My faith in humanity has been restored.

Everything’s been feeling a bit doom and gloom recently.  I think a lot of people will be happy to see an end to 2018 for a variety of different reasons. However this past weekend my daughter received two random acts of kindness in the same day.  My faith in humanity has been restored. Choo Choo Choose your seats We had a day at Edinburgh Christmas Market arranged and it was to be the first time my five year old daughter…

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BREXIT – Two years later and I’m as confused as ever

BREXIT – Two years later and I’m as confused as ever

I like to think that I’m fairly switched on. Like being able to process the things that go on in the world and understand them, to a degree. But I’ve never truly understood Brexit. Here we are, during one of the most important weeks of the whole process, and I’m struggling with it. So here’s my musings on the subject in the hope that by writing my thoughts down I can try and figure it all out…… Is that a…

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26 Hours in the Lake District.

26 Hours in the Lake District.

I think we’re very lucky living in the North East. We have the beautiful Northumberland Coast, we’re a short trip from the borders and the Lake District is only a couple of hours drive west. This weekend my wife and I had the opportunity to go and spend a childfree night in the Lake District. This was thanks to a voucher for a free nights stay following a horrendous trip last year where the B&B we stayed at was overrun…

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After school clubs and other activities. Yes or No?

After school clubs and other activities. Yes or No?

Are you a fan of after school clubs or any other extra-curricular type activity? Based on my experience so far with my five year old daughter, I’d say I was a fan. I’ve always striven to bring new experiences to my daughter. To give her the opportunity to hopefully find something she could call a hobby. I’m by no means what some people would describe as a “pushy parent”. But I do want to give my daughter every opportunity to…

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The highs and lows of September 2018.

The highs and lows of September 2018.

I’ve been having a bit of reflecting time recently and noticed that September was a bit of a strange month for me.  I’ve experienced some good things and some not so good things.  What better way to deal with this than in a blog post! THE HIGHS I like to think of myself as a fairly positive person so let’s first concentrate on what’s been good about September…. Just a really nice weekend The month started off great with the…

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KaffeeHaus Amadeus – anyone for coffee?

KaffeeHaus Amadeus – anyone for coffee?

I’m quite partial to a tea room / café visit.  It’s one of the things I’d imagine myself doing a lot if I were ever to be lucky enough to enjoy an early retirement. Today my wife and I had a day off together.  After dropping our daughter off at school we searched for a good place to go and have brunch, which is my favourite meal time. Kaffeehaus Amadeus came up on a google search and wasn’t too far a…

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