I was 8 years old in 1993. John Major was prime minister. Following a crime that shocked the world, he said: “Society needs to condemn a little more and understand a little less.” In many ways, society took his advice. And we've had plenty of help... from our tech. The
I broke my finger yesterday. I've only just recovered from a back problem. Before that, it was some other problem I'm sure. There's a dangerous way of thinking that encourages to believe everything will be fine once these current problems we're facing are resolved. Life doesn't really work that way
Did you really think you would wake one morning and not have any problems?
Being an outsider isn't easy. It's something I'm familiar with. Starting a web design company at 14. Building a travel company in my 20s. Becoming a single foster parent to 3 kids in my 30s. These aren't the behaviours of an insider. I know. Yet each time we head outside
It's the end of half term for us here. My challenge of keeping the kids away from their screens (which I've mostly failed) is nearly over.
I've just finished reading Mindf*ck, Christopher Wylie's story from inside Cambridge Analytica.
We're not normal.
My kids just survived two weeks with no screens. No TV, no mobile phones, no iPads.
In any discussion about a group of kids being left alone, it won’t be long before someone mentions ‘Lord of the Flies’.
I'm not looking forward to the summer holidays. I know that's a 'bad parent' thing to say, and I know I'm not alone.
We like to think we're rational. We do everything for a reason. We balance up the pros and cons. Here's the truth... we're unpredictable, and completely irrational.
I've been to the gym 3 times since November. 😳 All three have been in the last week.
There's too much to read. Too many podcasts to listen to. Great TV shows to watch. Oh, and that new documentary I know I would love.
I'm back! (Cue muffled applause). The newsletter took a back seat, as my kids took a front seat throughout this last year. In honesty, they took the driving seat, stole my keys, and headed the wrong way down the M4.
This last year has left me feeling like a rubber band. Stretched too many times. Holding far more than it was ever intended to support.
I haven't been able to shake this feeling. The reality that I have more time than ever, coupled with the sense that I have less time than ever.
A strange thing happened on Friday. We got the news that, here in Wales, it'll be another three weeks of lockdown and school closures.
2020. Goodbye and good riddance? Well, no.
How do you know if someone’s not on Facebook? Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.
I’ve never liked setting goals. Which may seem odd, considering my background.
I don't do New Year's Resolutions. I make changes when I want to. Not when the calendar tells me to.
Not sure about you, but I feel like I'm still catching up on events since March. It's been a lot to take in.
On Friday night, we entered another lockdown here in Wales. We were sort of in one already.
Go super niche. That's the advice we're given.
Over the last two weeks, we seem to have returned to some normality, and still had enough time left over for a return to a bit of abnormality.
Busy really isn’t what it used to be. Busy used to be the goal. It was what we aimed for. It was cool.
Well, it's been a while. My (sometimes weekly) newsletter has become a (sometimes monthly) newsletter.
Being selfish is not something to be proud of. “The lady at number 82 is very selfish” would unlikely be a compliment.
"How are you?" now comes with a follow-up question... "How's your lockdown going?"
I’ve long struggled with the concept of luck. I look at my life and can’t help but feel incredibly fortunate.
Three years ago today, my foster kids came to live with me. What we're experiencing now feels like calm normality in comparison to where we were three years ago.
This weekend, it’s three years since my kids came to live with me.
Before this all began, I avoided the news.
I had already decided he couldn’t go.
Within my fostering agency, I occasionally get the opportunity to talk about what works for me.
I recently started using #BehaviourTalks across social media.
When I co-founded a travel tech company in 2007, our goal was to change an entire industry.
Where do ideas come from?
What do you do with your ideas?
I’m a big believer in routine.
On the battlegrounds of social media, a line has been drawn.
I use an app to save articles to read later.
For those that don’t know me, I’m a single foster dad to three kids (primary and secondary school age).
We all have an idea of how things should be.
Spend your money where you spend your time.
What do you want your default settings to be?
We don’t think we’ll change.
The German philosopher, Arthur Schopenhauer, shares an interesting parable about hedgehogs.
There’s one quote about books that I really love.
Harvard psychologist, Dan Gilbert, created a two-question test.
The ‘Pomodoro Technique’ is popular amongst productivity fans.
I’ve reached that point where there’s no way forward.
Behaviour management policy is based on the criminal justice model.
In his fantastic book, Atomic Habits, James Clear tells the story of Oswald Nuckols, an IT developer from Natchez, Mississippi.