Well for starters I won’t claim to be able to give you a blueprint for successful parenting. After all it’s a minefield, and everyone’s situations and experiences are going to be different, not to mention available resources and capabilities.

But I raised Ryan alone from when he was eight years old, and made a damn fine job of it if I do say so myself. It wasn’t easy, because life has a habit of kicking you in the nuts when you least expect it, and I’ve spent my fair share of time on my knees. There have been some serious challenges for sure, and an enormous amount of soul searching along the way. “So what?” you say, that’s life! But that’s the whole point, life is tough, so how are you going to handle it?

I know what I did, what we did together, and it’s this that I’ll share with you through blogs, articles, and possibly a book or two. What I got wrong, what went right, and many of the laughs and misadventures we had along the way.

What worked for us may not be right for everyone else, but the core principles of love, respect and consistency can be applied to any parent – child relationship, and it’s this ethos that flows through our entire outlook.

More than anything else I want to offer encouragement, hope, and optimism. Because whatever challenges you may be facing within your life, nothing beats being a parent, and we can’t let anything rob us of that pleasure.