About Us

 

Philippa (aka Pips)

Hiya … I’m a thirty – something mum of two, Bobby aged 2 and Teddy seven months. The most loving and intelligent boys you could ever meet – proud mummy right here! I’m a Liverpudlian, now residing in South Manchester with my partner Gaz. We met in halls of residence at the University of Teesside, some sixteen years ago, and have been inseparable since. He’s my life partner and best friend.

However, my first love (strictly platonic though he’d argue the case) was Phil! We met at college some twenty years ago, and we instantly hit it off. We left Liverpool together and moved to the North East were we attended Uni. Made some life long friends along the way, met our partners, started our careers and settled in different parts of the country. But to this day, have always remained close.

Family is really important to me, and is an important part of who I am. I’m very close to my parents. They’re a huge support, amazing grandparents and a massive influence in my life.

Parenthood means I now work part time as part of the management team for a well-known retailer. So when it comes to anything store based I have lots of experience. You’ll probably hear more on this topic once I’m back to the balancing act of a working mum – the count down to this has already begun.

My real passion though, is everything parenting. It’s shaped me into the person I am today. I’m only two years in and already I feel I could write a book!

So instead of a book, here is our blog.

Phil

Hi, I’m Phil, a full time daddy from Yorkshire. I live with my partner Craig and our 2 year old twin boys, Jay and Haribo, who we adopted in 2016. I was born and bred in Liverpool but left for University aged 19 and have since settled in West Yorkshire.
I haven’t always been a kept man… I mean Full Time Dad.

Before making the decision to give up work to focus on the boys, I was an Operations Director for a northern charity that’s supports people across a range of sectors. My work predominantly focused on the treatment of substance abuse in both young people and adults and I also spent 4 years working with, and managing, our children and family support services.

Adopting twin boys was a baptism of fire into the world of parenthood, and whilst it has presented many challenges over the last 18 months, it has been so fulfilling and eye opening to the world of parenting. I jumped at the opportunity to create the Parenting Phils so that I could share some of the experiences I have had over the last few years as a gay dad, as an adopter and as a father to twins.

So, I hope you enjoy our blogs and I look forward to hearing from you about your experiences as we embark toddlerhood.