• Adoption,  Blogs,  Share A Story

    Poked & Prodded: Our Adoption Journey (Part One)

    As we’re celebrating National Tell A Story Month, I thought I would use the opportunity to share our story about how we came to be adoptive parents. Being a dad was something I had always dreamed about, and for quite a while adoption was something really on my mind, however it wasn’t on my partner’s. We had brief conversations about having kids over a few years but it became clear that it just wasn’t something Craig wanted to do. So, I finally swallowed that dream and tried to moved on from the idea. About 6 months later, Craig was working away in India and totally out of the blue sent…

  • Parenting,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Choosing NOT to be a Parent

      Our next Guest Blogger, for National Tell A Story Month is, Natasha Davidson. Our fabulous Scottish lady shares with us her story of why she has chosen to not have children. A personal, honest and thought provoking blog from a very lovely lady. Choosing NOT to be a Parent by Natasha Davidson. So I decided to write this post, not to defend my decision because I shouldn’t need to, but more to explain it and share a different point of view.  While people opting out of becoming a parent is much more common nowadays, I still think the decision I have made is largely viewed as strange to most,…

  • Adoption,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Accepting the Past, Loving the Present, Shaping the Future

    Our next Guest Post for National Share A Story Month is a real heart-string-puller! The author wishes to remain anonymous, which is understandable given the sensitive nature of adoption. One not to miss! Enjoy!   Accepting the Past, Loving the Present, Shaping the Future by an Adoptive Parent  “Fancy writing a guest blog?” my mate Phil said. I thought NOPE but here I am?! I’ll stay anonymous so you can moan at Phil and Pips if you don’t like this one. We love stories in our house, we have a three and four year old who loves picture books, lift the flap books (some now flapless), made up stories (usually…

  • Humour,  Share A Story,  Weaning

    Guest Blog: For The Love of Weaning

      Our next Guest Blogger for National Tell A Story Month is Helene. An extremely familiar post that resonates well with us, giving a frighteningly accurate account of the woes of weaning. A perfect post just in time for National Weaning Week. For anyone going through this process give it a read, it reminds you that you’re not the only one muddling through! Enjoy.   For the Love of Weaning by Helene I’m a mum of a two year old and a nine month old, this is what I know about weaning. After bringing my first baby home and a disastrously emotional negotiation of the breast feeding or formula feeding minefield,…

  • New Mum,  Pregnancy,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Putting Midwifery to the Test!

    Our next Guest Blogger, for National Tell A Story Month, is Helen Wright. A Midwife from the North-West and a new mum. Here, Helen shares her experience of trying to wrap her ‘midwife head’ around becoming a mum. Just a pre-warning… we give Helen a good quizzing at the end so its a long one… well worth the read but you may want to save the link for when you have a good 10 minutes to take it all in! 😀   Putting Midwifery to the Test by Helen Wright A qualified midwife for over 10 years and an unqualified mother for 4 months… I love my job and have…

  • Dads,  Labour,  Pregnancy,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Would You Rather…. Be In Labour or Watch Labour?

    Our next Guest Blogger for National Share A Story Month is not only a Dad… he’s also Parenting Phil’s Pips other half! This should make for an interesting read….   Would You Rather… Be in Labour or Watch Labour? by Gary Douglas   As a father, I found the whole 9 months of pregnancy and the resulting childbirth extremely stressful. So much so, I started to suffer with Alopecia, weeks into the announcement of our first and second child. The overriding worry for myself was‘ What if something goes wrong?’.  ‘What if something goes wrong’ was a thought I didn’t want to talk about with Pips in too much depth, the…

  • Fostering,  Share A Story

    Guest Blog: Keep Calm and Foster On!

    Our first Guest Blog for National Share A Story Month is from Foster Carer, Anna Edwards. Anna has fostered for 7 years now and could probably write a blog a day with the varied experiences she has had. Here she gives us a whistle stop tour of her journey so far…   Keep Calm and Foster On! by Anna Edwards It was with butterflies of fear and excitement in my belly when I opened the door to my first placement, (two gorgeous little girls staring at me with wide eyes!) I had no idea how much my life was going to change from that moment on. It’s been seven years…

  • Books,  Reviews

    The Family Book by Todd Parr

    I really wanted to share one of my favourite kids books that I read with my boys regularly and they love it… it’s called ‘The Family Book’ by Todd Parr. Todd, from Berkeley (California) was originally an artist and this really shows in his books – bright, colourful and creative illustrations that my kids seem to really respond to. It’s a book that was recommended to me as a useful one for adopted children… and also as a same-sex parent family, but it goes beyond that. In my opinion it should be on the shelf in every family home and school as it’s an excellent way to start educating children…

  • Blogs,  Health,  Potty Training

    The Brown Stuff (and I’m not talking about chocolate!)

    I’m going to start this blog with an apology… because I am about to spend the next 700 words or so on the subject of ‘POO’… and not just poo… but Toddler Diarrhoea… in twins! Yes people it’s a real thing and I have it twice over and coming at me from every direction! So, needless to say, read on at your own peril! We were aware of the boys diagnosis of Toddler Diarrhoea from the word go, the foster carer had given us plenty of warning about the smell but she did fail to mention the volume and frequency… which I think are pretty important details to know when…

  • Blogs,  Humour

    CBA: because I can’t be CBA’d to think of another title

    Let me introduce you to what can only be described as a syndrome, suffered by many parents alike. Now for all you medical folk this is a satirical post, however I do think I’m on the cusp of discovering a new medical condition. Though in part, for most of us parents this condition can be quite serious in its severity and can affect even the strongest and most capable parents. It’s called, “CAN’T BE ARSED” syndrome. CBA for short, and I’ve got it bad! I first noticed it coming on when I had my second child, but if I’m honest, it was always teetering in the background with my first.…

  • Blogs,  National Sibling's Day

    Bro Meets Bro

    Tuesday 10th April was National Siblings Day, and even though its somewhat an Americanised event, its still recognised in the UK. So in the spirit of celebrating this day, I thought I’d share with you our experience of introducing Bob to his little brother Teddy, and the trials and tribulations of cementing bonds between a two year old and a baby. Whilst pregnant with my second we always spoke to our eldest about his new baby brother coming. He was only fourteen months at the time, two when baby arrived. When my body started to change and there was no getting away from the subject, we talked none stop about…

  • Blogs,  Sleep

    Spring forward … Goodbye Sleep

    The clocks going forward are one of my favourite times of the year. Summer is on its way! Those short dull days are about to disappear, the birds are singing, the mice are cleaning… sorry went into Disney mode there, but somehow your mood lifts a little more each day as your evening becomes lighter. However, this year is the first year that I can honestly say, damn you clock change! For the last week, the boy does not want to sleep, and we’re blaming it on the clock change because it all started Sunday 25th March. It felt like we had only just got on top of bedtime routines…

  • Days Out,  Reviews

    Dunham Massey Hall & Park

    After all the snow and miserable weather we’ve had in March the sun finally came out, the bubble machine made an appearance from the shed (much to our delight… neighbours not so much as any sighting of a bubble sends these two in a crazy spin of shouting and laughing… I think it’s cute) so we decided to book in a lovely family day out to Dunham Massey Hall & Park having never been before. The day came and so did the rain, but we threw on our waterproofs and wellies, packed up the picnic and made the journey regardless. M60 traffic left much to be desired but hey, that’s…

  • Days Out,  Reviews

    LIVERPOOL’S TERRACOTTA ARMY EXHIBITION

    If you fancy yourself as a bit of a history buff or would like a day trip out with an educational twist for the kids, then this is the place for you – The Terracotta Army Exhibition at The Liverpool Museum. The exhibition showcases never seen before in the UK, artifacts excavated from Emperor Quin Shi Huang burial ground – The First Emperor of China. We arrived with a pram loaded with coats, brollies, baby bags, an eight-month old baby and toddler in tow. The usual family day dressage. It’s a fantastic exhibition and quite sizable too, taking at least one and half hours to get around. So, if you’re…

  • Blogs,  Kids Entertainment

    365 My Arse!

    My name is Phil and I use too much technology to keep my kids entertained… there I’ve said it. Feels good to get it off my chest but in fairness (to myself) I’m sure I‘m not the only one, and if AA did support groups for techno-abusive parents I would imagine the room would be filled and the meeting a lengthy one at that! I might be being a little harsh on myself but I started fatherhood with all the best intentions of not having kids sat in front of TV’s and certainly not in front of an Ipad… I mean what 2 year old can or should be able…