Solutions not problems

Our building work has thankfully all but finished and I look back with fond memories of our builders.  Not. One foible that used to really wind me up was their ability to bring problems to me on regular basis and this used to cause me all sorts of stress. Reading at the weekend that Lord Young is tackling the compensation burden of our "Elf "n" Safety" culture, and he has plenty of admirers.  Margaret Thatcher said that when he was her trade secretary, he used to bring her solutions, not…

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Coaching the New Generation

Today I had to stop myself. I was making a fatal error in judgement. I was asking my children where they wanted to go on holiday and what they wanted to do. I asked my daughter what colour she wanted her bedroom painted, and what they wanted to eat that night. I was getting sucked in. Involvement, it seems like a law that our new Coalition Government has just passed.  We must involve our children in all decisions and it's what the new generation are growing to expect. At school…

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The Fathers Day Card and Assumptions

Last month was Fathers Day here in the UK.  And if you're a father, like me, you get to put your feet up for a whole day, have lots of attention and get the Fathers Day Card treatment.  And it's the cards that tickle me everytime.  They're just so corny, so stereotypical of a dad.  Beer swigging, football watching, bad fashion sense, always moaning about the bills, tissues in cardigans. To cap it all, my children think it's for real.  You see, perception is reality isn't it. What we perceive…

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