F#@K Suicide

I genuinely hate suicide. I don’t mean those that die from suicide but the thought, the act, the plague on a person’s mind that suicide is. I understand why people kill themselves, as much as I wish I could stop it. F#@k suicide! This year I’ve lost people to suicide including two hugely influential musical figures who I had no personal relationship with. I say I’ve lost them as I have used music as a source of therapy for as long as I can remember. Their music being particular sources of strength. Losing all of these people to the disease that…

Your Legacy as a Father

My friend just lost her father. That has to be a hard experience, the death of your dad. When she had the clarity of mind she took to social media, like many of us would, and shared about her father. She wrote of how he was humble, kind and gracious. She continues to write about how her parents taught her the true values of life and to treat others and she would want to be treated. Her honest words made me think. When you die, what is going to be your legacy as a father? As heartwarming as my friends…

Fight or Flight – Parenting Choices

You may already be familiar with the term ‘Fight’ or ‘Flight’, but have you ever thought about how it affects your everyday life? How it affects your parenting? My aim in this blog is to give you more power over the decisions you have made as well as the confidence to make new decisions. For those not familiar, the psychological concept founded by physiologist Walter Cannon suggests that when presented with a conflict or stress, your brain works to resolve it by retreating or diving right into the conflict. It’s part of our body’s primitive, automatic, inborn response. That conflict can…

Mental Health in a Care Setting – An Essay

This week’s blog is a little different to the usual. Having recently completed my HNC in Social Care I was looking back over assignments I had written. I was tasked with writing an essay about ‘mental health in a care setting’, which I very much enjoyed doing. I found the assignment very insightful and thought you might too. I’ve attached my references at the bottom also for further reading if it takes your interest. Please bear in mind that I had to hit certain knowledge points and so it at time lacks the direction I might put into a blog.   This assignment was to also include…

The Kelpies – Dad’s Day Out

This is the first in a series of reviews that will highlight days out, attractions and experiences for dads and their kids (mums are welcome too). We’ll be showcasing stuff that you might not know about, might want to know more about before trying as a family and things we’ve found fun to do as a family. MXLLS​​ The Kelpies is a relatively new attraction in Scotland. Constructed at Helix Parkland in 2014 just off the motorway near Falkirk, its essential two 30+ metre tall horse heads. Though, there is much more to this attraction than just a big hunk of metal. I’ve…

DadsApp 6 Months On

When I started DadsApp it was 3am, my daughter was crying and all I could think was… damn this is hard. After getting her back to sleep for the 5th time, my next thought was there must be more people struggling like this. After looking online for a while (well until about 4am), I found nothing that really seemed to be that supportive. ​​So without doing any research I bought www.dadsapp.org in ​​order to create my own support resource. That’s were this all started. I’ve since found a whole bunch of Twitter accounts, supportive blogs, websites and Facebook pages such as these guys and many…