Tag: toddler



I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on this photograph.

This is my son in his very first football kit, about to have a bath after his training session.

Max turned 2 years old on Thursday. After I took this photo today, it made me think of all the times I had put my kits on, to go out and play whatever the weather with always the same ending. A hot bath to help relax my tired limbs.

This is the very first time Max has become a part of this routine. The first time he has worn a kit. The first bath.

I have this moment captured forever. My family bloodline has a gene pool that has produced talented offspring. It is yet to be seen whether Max has been fortunate enough to posses these attributes and it is entirely up to him if he is happy to play any type of sport as he grows up. For me, this image is priceless. As far as documentation of my own sporting history goes, all I have is mostly my own memories. But looking at this photo, it is amazing how much of these memories I had forgotten.

As parents, we expect our children to follow in our footsteps but to do it all better than we did. We had our chance.

I am so proud to witness the starting point of Max producing his own special memories and I will do my upmost to capture as much of these on film as possible. My son is about to embark on the journey that I have been and done. He has so much to experience, winning, losing, euphoria, fear, respect and many, many more. These are all life lessons.

Even if sport is not for Max, I will be there every step of the way.





You will be forgiven for thinking “What a terrible photo!”

This actually happens to be the effects of a sugary treat. T’is the season to be jolly! So what will we end up with stacks and stacks of?? Yep, CHOCOLATE! For me that’s great, I love the stuff, but for my soon to be 2 year old the nightmare has begun!

It’s now the second day of advent and lucky Max has himself three calendars to work through over the course of twenty five day’s. That means he gets to start every one of these days with a hyper attack. This is excellent for him, but for me, instead of being able to ease my way into the morning with a steaming cup of coffee, I am immediately plunged into full on active dad mode, and I like my coffee!

I have never been blessed with the ability to roll out of bed with a great big smile on my face, ready to take on the day. I’d say I’m more like one of the zombies you’d see in those old fashioned movies until roughly 11 o’clock. So…When I am treated with a heavy dosage of a toddler maniac before I’ve had breakfast, please forgive me for finding it a little tough.

You may think to yourself “Why not give him one in the morning, one at lunch and one in the afternoon?” Dear oh dear. Unfortunately that would leave me in an even more excruciating situation. Don’t get me wrong, I wish it was as easy as that. But as most parents know, this leaves the inevitable meltdown moments that make me cringe every time I think about them. To have to face this meltdown at least three times a day for the whole of December, I think I’d have to eat all of the the chocolates myself. Then probably blame the dog. Just for good measure.

So, I guess for now the only fair thing to do is to let him have his mornings of madness.

Part of me feels like swapping the rest of the chocolates for raisins, that would be a pretty disappointing start to day for Max. Only twenty three days to go, I can make it till then, right??





After yesterday’s fail with the upload I have now managed to edit together my first video for Mystery Monday’s!

For someone who is fairly computer illiterate I can’t help but feel pretty chuffed, I’ve succeeded in pasting together short clips using iMovie on my fiancés Mac. You might be wondering why to me this is such a big achievement? LET ME TELL YOU! I have literally had to click on every single icon and drop down menu there is on the programme, I went for the age old method of trial and error to put together a 5 minute video. As I’m sure you can imagine, this takes what feels like an eternity to do. It makes it even less fun when still listening to ‘Wheels on the bus’ on repeat. So I can assure you, this is an achievement!

So now…Where is this video?!

Honestly, I have no idea! With my naivety I thought it would be a case of save video, click upload, job done. Nope! Turns out my video is lost somewhere in the downloading realms and currently has 29hours left to finish the upload. COME ON!! This will have to be one for the fiancé to sort out when she is back from work.

Moving on…

I’ll tell you about what we got up to for now. With my fiancés genius idea of Mystery Monday’s I headed to the first venture.

I must admit that when I found out I would be going to the local community centre at 11 o’clock on a Monday I thought the worst. During the walk, I couldn’t help but think to myself “Please don’t be a yoga class for mums, pleeeease!” I arrived at the front door. I scanned the advertisements and timetables and the first Monday class I saw at that specific time was  PARENT AND TODDLER DANCE CLASS, this cannot be happening to me!

So after making a commitment to my fiancé, I take a deep breath and in I go.

In the corridor I see one parent with his son, looking at this chap he seems quite similar to myself in age, it put my nerves to ease a little. Then that got me thinking…this guy has tattoos all over his neck, why on earth has he turned up to a toddler dance class? Not to discriminate but he definitely doesn’t seem like that type of character? What’s he done to upset his Mrs I wonder?

Anyway. We go in. I am immediately put at ease and can take a sigh of relief when I see tonnes of footballs scattered over the floor. My fiancé is awesome! What she had signed me up to attend turned out to be a football class for toddlers. After the weekends football fail it was time for a bit of redemption! I’ll admit that at this stage my son isn’t quite ready to compete with the likes of Alan Shearer, and was more focused on how dizzy he could make himself by spinning on the spot but he did get involved once he realised how much fun the other kids were having. This is a good sign that he is capable of joining in with others and is willing to learn new activities.

These classes are a franchise and are located across the country. They are called Little Kickers and can be found on a google search. The first trial session is free and thereafter you can enrol on a 10 week course which is reasonably priced. The sessions are 45 minutes long. I would have never known that something like this existed if it wasn’t for my fiancé and this is the whole point of Mystery Monday’s. If we can help you to discover something new or just a more valuable way to spend your free time with your kids, then that is mission accomplished!

The video will be up soon…I promise!


The Mac has crashed!

Dear loyal followers,

It gives me great sadness to inform you…the Mac has crashed.

Just after 8:30pm and after struggling for the last couple of hours to download the videos I had planned to edit together, I made the painful decision to abort download and restart computer.

I gave it every chance to avoid having to do this but the latest update could not ‘remind me later’ any longer. With that, I must apologise to my readers because there will be no Mystery Monday video today. I intend to do everything I can to get this overhyped video up for you tomorrow. Even if it means a ten hour update, I am prepared to leave the Mac on charge to see it through.

Thank you for your patience during these hard times.

Until tomorrow!


Up and running

Up and running


Welcome to my very first blog post!

My name is Jason, I have a soon to be 2 year old son, beautiful fiancé and to complete the family a yellow labrador.

If you are anything like me then you will have come across the thought “where the hell is my life going?”

So, for that reason I have decided to put pen to paper and start to create a blog where I can turn this life around and bring back the enjoyment of everything there is to be achieved every single day. If I can input positivity in other peoples lives along the way then that would make me a very happy bunny indeed!

First off I will give you a short insight about myself to get to the point of doing all this.

I am now 30 years old. Damn, how did that happen?! Anyway, I am currently a bodyshop manager after spending 10+ years as a vehicle spray painter. You name it and the chances are I have probably painted it, I have literally done everything I could have achieved in this trade. Two years ago I was diagnosed with a rare disability called Kienbock’s Disease, for the 99.9% of people that don’t know what that is (GP’s included) it basically means that I will be living the rest of my life with a permanently broken wrist which to this date there is no cure…GREAT!

I have gone from being someone who has been lucky enough to be good at most things physical i.e. sports, DIY, anything involving your hands! Now I can barely chop a carrot without being in pain. This has obviously led me to depression and has basically left me wondering what I can do with myself to stay positive and get back some sort of sense of achievement.

I spend a lot of time at home as I currently work four days a week which will soon be down to two days. That means that I get to spend most of my time looking after my son. Here is my eureka moment!

I’ve decide to create a blog for not just dad’s but mum’s too to give an insight into what it’s like to be a stay at home dad. My son is called Max (hence the pun in the title page). He is about to enter ‘THE TERRIBLE TWO’S’!! Now, for any parent out there this can be an extremely challenging time. For those of you that are yet to have kids I will give you an example…

Max seems to be fixated on anything that has wheels, cars, bikes, trains, BUSES! This might sound like a good thing. My boy is into boyish things. One day you will discover that your child will like to watch certain videos on youtube, wether it be on your phone, tablet or computer it really doesn’t matter…yet. Then you will realise that during a tantrum it is a good idea to play one of these videos as a quick fix to cure the problem. What you may not realise is that this then becomes the problem! Once you begin to approach the 50th rendition of ‘Wheels on the bus’ its fair to say that it is becoming a tad tedious. Max doesn’t think so. Max wants nothing but ‘Wheels on the bus’ for the foreseeable future! So much so that you will spend the upcoming days, weeks and even months being tortured by a simple nursery rhyme that Max knows is available to him 24/7. What was the reason he was crying to begin with again? Ah yes, I wouldn’t let him outside in the rain. I’d take that any day now!

So that is a short insight of what is to come in this blog.

If you have any comments or stories that you would like to share with me then please do get in touch.

I will be uploading videos and blogs to Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and Google+ and will be continuing to develop this site as time goes on so please stay tuned, share and like with your friends.

Thank you for reading.