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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Fly in the Pan

Having two early teenage boys faces us with a major problem.  No, its not mood swings, empty fridges or Pizza complexions...no, its missing the toilet pan. Boys are just bad aimers, if you see what I'm saying.  Quite frankly, this is a man thing not just teenagers. We tried everything.  Telling them, encouraging them, shouting at them, rewarding them and nothing improved the situation. Until we bought a packet of fly stickers and stuck one to the pan just like this. And the amazing thing.  It worked.  No more missing,…

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