Friday Night Dinner Recipes: Risotto and Sea bass

Friday Night Dinner Recipes: Risotto and Sea bass

Sea Bass with Prawn and Smoked Salmon Risotto

A Healthy Recipe in 20 Minutes

Sea Bass with Prawn and Smoked Salmon Risotto is one of our ‘go to’ meals on a Friday night. It is the upgrade to my Smoked salmon and prawn risotto for lunch recipe. It’s a nice, healthy recipe that’s easy to make and you can show off if you have friends over. I never get any complaints when I cook this.

It’s pretty cheap for a Friday night dinner and way better than dropping £10-20 for a meal for 2, which quite often leaves you a little underwhelmed and craving for a little more taste. This costings me about a £10 and feeds 4 easily. Or two extra big, greedy portions!

The other bonus, just like my lunch version below, is that it is a healthier version of a risotto I used to make with shed loads of cream and cheese. I hope I am ticking a few boxes for you here. It definitely packs a punch in the taste department. There’s a few extra nuggets of decadence in this recipe from the lunch one. When you watch the many cooking shows on TV you always see the judges saying how to elevate a dish with this or that. So I have experimented with a bit of this and that and settled on this current recipe. For this recipe you going to need to keep a little of that Sauvignon Blanc that you’ve opened. That’s the first key extra! Sounds good already doesn’t it.

Just one bit of advice if you want to have a cracking Saturday lunch – put a little extra risotto aside to make these Baked Arancini tomorrow. Just another bonus about making this dish. Leftovers are what makes a dish great, especially when it’s another healthier recipe.

Ingredients

300g risotto (Arborio rice)

500ml stock (Chicken/Vegetable oxo cube dissolved in boiling hot water)

100ml of good white wine (I prefer a Sauvignon Blanc)

2 shallots (finely diced)

2 mushrooms (finely diced)

2 cloves of garlic/ 2 tsp garlic granules

Fresh or dried dill

Fresh or dried fennell

50g low fat cream cheese

50g parmesan

75-100g of smoked salmon

10-15 king sized prawns

Seabass

Half tsp Fennel

Pinch of Garlic granules

Seasoning – Salt/Pepper to taste

Risotto Method

  1. Gentle fry the mushrooms and shallots in some rapeseed or olive oil until softened.
  2. Add the rice and fry at a medium heat for 2-3 mins until the oil is absorbed. This allows the rice to soften and absorb the flavour from the stock. Then add the wine and cook until it is absorbed.
  3. If you’re being fussy you can add the stock a little at a time waiting until the rice has absorbed the stock before adding more and gently stirring. For this recipe you can just add the stock and let it cook for approximately 20 mins. Make sure to keep an eye on it as it only takes a moment or to spoil.
  4. Once the stock has been absorbed add the smoked salmon and prawns with the herbs and cook for another 3-4 mins continually stirring.
  5. Add the cream cheese and stir until it has been dissolved in the risotto.
  6. Grate the parmesan into the risotto and serve immediately.

Seabass

  1. Season the fish with a little salt and pepper just before cooking.
  2. Heat the frying pan until very hot, then add 2 tbsp oil. Lay the fish fillets in the pan, skin-side down. As soon as it goes in, press each fillet down with your fingers or a fish slice to stop it from curling up.
  3. Add the fennel and the garlic. It does not take long to cook depending on the size and thickness of the fillet. I cook for about 2 mins and then take off the heat and turn the fillet over whilst I dish the risotto on to the plate. The residual heat of the pan will cook the flesh of the sea bass but will not burn it or dry it out.
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Seafood risotto lunch

Prawn and Smoked Salmon Risotto – Healthy Recipe

Prawn and Smoked Salmon Risotto Lunch

A Healthy Recipe in 20 Minutes

Smoked salmon and prawn risotto for lunch is just one of those lunches that hit the spot. It’s a nice, healthy, and filling lunch that will fill you up but won’t weigh you down for the day. The best part – it’s easy to make and will make you look like a superstar cook if you have company to share it with.

My family love this and although I like it for a bit of lunch, it’s also great on a larger scale with some sea bass on a Friday night. I do add a couple of fancy extras for the Friday night recipe, plus it usually comes with a nice glass of wine to relax for the weekend.

My wife used to make the risottos in our house until about a year ago when I fancied giving it a go. I have always been a fan of great Italian food. I used to stick to my favourites: creamy, cheesy pasta or tomato pasta. My skills in cooking Italian dishes have moved on a bit the last year or so. It is easy to get stuck making the same old dishes that you love over and and over again; it gets a little tedious eventually and you lose appreciation of the how varied Italian cooking is if you’re not careful. Hence my foray into cooking a little more adventurously started with this risotto recipe. Originally, I made it with some cream, but as I am not supposed to have that anymore, I created this version. It uses low fat cream cheese as a substitute, which actually gave it a lot more flavour. I use less Parmesan that I used to as well which cuts the fat content down but you still get that rich flavour. Less is more as they say. I keep this recipe simple as well with just a bit of dill to highlight the seafood flavours from the smoked salmon and prawns. I guarantee you won’t be disappointed with this lunch favourite.

You can check out my spruced up Friday night risotto here.

Just one bit of advice if you want to have a cracking Saturday lunch – put a little extra risotto aside to make these Baked Arancini tomorrow. Just another bonus about making this dish. Leftovers are what makes a dish great, especially when it’s another healthier recipe.

Ingredients

300g risotto (Arborio rice)

500ml stock (Chicken/Vegetable oxo cube dissolved in boiling hot water)

2 shallots (finely diced)

2 mushrooms (finely diced)

2 cloves of garlic/ 2 tsp garlic granules

Fresh or dried dill

Fresh or dried fennell

50g low fat cream cheese

50g parmesan

75-100g of smoked salmon

10-15 king sized prawns

Method

  1. Gentle fry the mushrooms and shallots in some rapeseed or olive oil until softened.
  2. Add the rice and fry at a medium heat for 2-3 mins until the oil is absorbed. This allows the rice to soften and absorb the flavour from the stock.
  3. If you’re being fussy you can add the stock a little at a time waiting until the rice has absorbed the stock before adding more and gently stirring. For this recipe you can just add the stock and let it cook for approximately 20 mins. Make sure to keep an eye on it as it only takes a moment or to spoil.
  4. Once the stock has been absorbed, add the smoked salmon and prawns with the herbs and cook for another 3-4 mins continually stirring.
  5. Add the cream cheese and stir until it has been dissolved in the risotto.
  6. Grate the parmesan into the risotto and serve immediately.
Arancini

Oven Baked Arancini

Oven Baked Arancini

Whenever I make risotto I make too much. I do it on purpose! I love it so much and I know I am going to get those flavours in a slightly different way the day after. Arancini is my wife’s favourite dish to order as a starter or light lunch when we go out for dinner. If it’s on the menu, she is going to order it. I never made it the conventional way in a deep fryer but I have tasted the full fat version when nicking a taste from the wife’s plate. The acidity of the feta and cream cheese sit lovely with my homemade arancini dip. I am usually lost for words when I eat these lovely creamy rice balls. I just wished I had tried more of them before I couldn’t go near the deep fried kind. That doesn’t mean that the oven baked variety I now make are lesser vessels of loveliness. Yes, you can tell they haven’t been deep fried – there’s no way around that, but in this case (and mine) it’s a good thing. All the taste and crisp breadcrumbs, but without all the nasty, hip hugging fat.

As you can see in the photo, arancini make a cracking lunch or dinner. This time I make it with a side salad, roasted mini portobello mushroom and a simple serrano wrapped chicken breast. Yum!

Recipe

Leftover risotto – Usually about 100-150g

Feta cheese

Plain flour

2 eggs

Breadcrumbs

Method

  1. Refrigerate your leftover risotto overnight.
  2. Prep the flour and breadcrumbs into separate bowls. Preheat your oven to 180 C Fan assisted.
  3. Roughly chop the feta cheese and incorporate into the risotto.
  4. Roll the risotto into evenly sized balls.
  5. Coat the balls in flour and then in the whisked egg. Place directly into the breadcrumbs and gently roll until the balls are covered.
  6. Spray the balls with some low calorie oil. I use a vaporiser to spray a small amount of rapeseed oil.
  7. Cook in the centre of the oven for 20-25mins.

Dipping sauce (Extra)

¼ Chopped tomatoes or passata

1 Shallot

1 tsp Garlic granules or 1 clove of garlic

1 tbsp Light Soy sauce

Chicken stock cube in 75 ml of boiling water

4 Olives

Fresh Basil

Method

  1. Finely hop the shallot and place on a low heat in a saucepan with a small amount of oil. Heat until the shallots are browning. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 mins.
  2. Use a hand blender to blend the chopped tomatoes or use passata. Add to the onions.
  3. Add the soy sauce and chicken stock and simmer for 10 mins
  4. Crush or roughly chop the olives and add to the sauce. Simmer for a further 3-5 mins
  5. Chop or tear the basil leaves and add to the sauce and cook until the basil wilts.
  6. Serve as a dip or over the top of the arancini with some shaved parmesan.
Epilepsy Awareness

Parenting A Child With Epilepsy

Parenting A Child With Epilepsy

Parenting is a difficult job – you’re never going to get it perfect. I have become accustom to that feeling. I have two children: a boy who’s 6 and a girl who’s 4. My son was diagnosed with epilepsy at 3 months old. Believe it or not that wasn’t the worst news we had got in the first few months of his life. If anything, we were expecting it! My son had a stroke at birth which caused his epilepsy and was incredibly poorly for the first few months and continues to have periods of time where he is unwell. He has right sided hemiplegia, which means he has a weakness down the right side of his body. He is an incredibly resilient child. I couldn’t be prouder, and although I wouldn’t change him for the world, because of his medical issues we do have to change the way we live our lives. A lot of the time he makes our lives richer and in other ways more of a challenge. I suppose that can be said about any child – we are constantly told that every child is different as parents when trying to raise our children. I wanted to give an honest account of what it is like to parent a child with disabilities. Particularly, on with epilepsy. This blog post is about our live, and I have also created a page for information regarding epilepsy that I have come across over the years.

So, I will start from the beginning. J was born unexpectedly double breach and gave us a particular scare when being born. To cut a long story short, there was a sign of relief when he came, seemingly okay, in to the world. Unbeknownst to us, he had had a stroke, and three days after birth we rushed him into hospital where after a couple of days we were told about the damage the stroke had caused to J brain. We were told by doctors that he would probably not be able to walk or talk as his stroke had affected the occipital parietal region of his brain (the back, left area). We were shown a diagram about where this was and given a rather dreary view of what his future could look like. It didn’t completely sink in straight away. I am glad it didn’t really as this is definitely not the case today. Although J has had trouble walking, he can, albeit he does use a wheelchair and does need constant assistance to be able to walk without falling over. He can also talk when he chooses; he can also sign to make himself known. He is our little miracle. I have never seen a more determined kid when he wants to do something. He will try and try before he asks for help.

 

The reason he is like he is now is down to few different people and organisations. We haven’t done it on our own, we had plenty of help along the road – we were very lucky. Jackson developed torticollis when he was a baby. We were referred very quickly to physical therapy to help him straightened up. We were given the opportunity to have multiple appointment a week and although this was a bit awkward with work we managed to do them. We had these appointment for a few years, covering both his torticollis and the weakness in his arms and legs. They gave us a routine of exercises through play that we did everyday intensely. It sounds rather dramatic and overwhelming when I describe it sometimes, but it gave me the excuse to play with my son for hours everyday whilst knowing that it was doing him a world of good. He loved the sessions most days, although he never really likes new toys and exercises at first. J takes issue with new things and always initially rebels or cowers away. It’s heartbreaking sometimes but totally worth pushing through it. He still continues to have physical and occupational therapy at his school which is great. We don’t have to go to so many appointments outside of school which means he still gets his education.

 

One of the major sources of help was a referral to Bobath. I can’t wax lyrical enough about them. I believe that they were a defining point in my son’s ability to walk. When we went there at 18 months old. He could not support himself, and although a lot of progress was made, he still had a lot of difficulty in using his right sided limbs. Bobath is a referral only charity run therapy centre in Whitchurch, Cardiff, which focuses on child with cerebral palsy. J has not been diagnosed with cerebral palsy but has many of the traits that comes with that diagnosis. To get the opportunity our physical therapy team and doctors had to make an application which went to a panel to decide. We were bowled over when they told us we had been accepted to a course. The course involved an initial meeting to discuss J targets for his therapy and an informal conversation about family support and routine with the family engagement officer.

Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales

Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales provides physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapy to children all over Wales who have cerebral palsy. Bobath therapists are state-registered and work together as a team to combine these disciplines to give each child the skills to explore their world, communicate their needs, maximise their potential and so improve their quality of life.

At Bobath Children’s Therapy Centre Wales we focus on the ability and not the disability.

Our mission is ‘to improve the quality of life of children in Wales who have cerebral palsy’.

The amount of care and expertise we were shown was outstanding. It is just a shame that they can only help so many families. Wales is very lucky to have one of these centres. After the initial meeting followed 10 intensive hour long therapy sessions over a period of 20 days. The hour long trip each day was a cheap cost for what we received. Although our local therapy team were good – these are the formula one team of physical therapy. By the end of the 10 sessions J stood up and supported his weight for a few seconds and was getting so much better at using his right side. Like the local regime, we were given a comprehensive list of exercises with photos and instructions of how to focus the exercises using play. It was quite a few months after until Jackson walked a few steps, but we still believe to this day that because of those sessions and the continued regime we followed was the reason that J started to walk and get around.

When I say we were incredibly lucky to the one course, you can imagine how we felt when we received another set of 10 sessions about 16 months later. The focus this time was on using his hand and also his speech. Jackson did not speak words at the time and only made a few vowel sounds. We were given very little help from our local speech therapist who had pretty much told us to wait and that if he didn’t want to try to speak there wasn’t much they could do. The specialist at Bobath did not believe that. She identified one of the reasons why J was finding it hard. We were told that because of his poor muscle tone in his core it was affecting the muscles in his throat and tongue so he didn’t have the strength to get the words or sounds he wanted. She also introduced to sign language to assist his communication. Until then he had just used his eyes and some sounds. It did not happen overnight, but what we learned there laid the foundations of the communication we have with him today. It has made his life, and ours, so much fuller and rich with experience. It used to be so frustrating for us all, mostly J, that we couldn’t communicate the way we wanted to. He still has his moments of mutism but generally he knows how to communicate through a mixture of words, signs and expressions. He still chooses with his eyes quite a bit but he is a million miles away from where the original doctor said we might be. It is not a criticism of the doctor as he was only trying to be realistic. We know now that keeping open minded and hopeful has been a blessing to our family. We live by that mantra as we continue our lives together. Our son’s future is not confined to what we believe he can achieve, but by the endless possibilities he can strive to.

As J got closer to school age we were also given access to portage: a play based therapy to help J get ready for nursery and school. A lovely lady by the name of Maria came to our house once a week. She initially assessed his abilities and we were again given targets to try to reach each week. They would be very simple for most children of J age, but he found them challenging. Whether it be to use a different toy with his weak hand, or to try to draw a circle, they were simple tasks but took some effort by J to master them. We would work together every day in order to try and show off his achievements by the next session. He really loved these sessions and Maria had a lovely way with him which always succeeded in making him smile. It may not seem like much but these types of therapy did wonders for his confidence and self esteem – things really important for children as they grow up. It was sad to end these sessions but one positive aspect of our contact with Maria was that she got us in touch with Y bont. A special needs focused nursery.

 

Y bont is local nursery, which focuses on helping families with children who have special needs. It is only a small charity run nursery but it has been a wonderful place for J to attend. Initially he only went for a day a week, and then everyday as I went back to full time work in a school. He left there this year after 3 years of attending. Needless to say, he absolutely loved every minute of his days there. I know they loved him to. They were very upset when he finally left. I have to say, so was I. A few tears were shed on his last day. He just smiled and waved. He was ready to be the big boy and go to big boy school. They offer such a unique place for children like J. It was a home from home. They are a small charity which means they have to raise a lot of money to ensure they keeping providing the service they offer. I was lucky enough to help by doing an interview for Children In Need a couple of years ago. It was a great experience. I can’t find an official video on the Children In Need website, but we recorded this video on a phone. Apologies for the quality:

They really are a great team, one that I could not leave out when writing this blog. If you want to know more you can visit their site here:

www.ybont.co

Or Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/Bridgend.YBont/

You don’t have to, but if you would like to help them out you can donate to them on this link.

DONATE TO HELP Y BONT

J now goes to a special needs school. One that is absolutely perfect for him. He calls it his play school. He gets on the bus everyday with other children like him, all of them with a smile on their face and excited to go to school. It is a wonderful thing to see your child so excited for a day at school. My memories of going to school were far more complex. Even at J’s age.

So, I have given you a little history about J’s short life so far. A lot more has happened than this but I would need to write a book to go through it all. The one thing I haven’t mentioned yet in much detail is epilepsy. It took a few visits and conversations for J to get diagnosed with epilepsy. We noticed J had a continuous twitch in his right arm which would last for periods of 10-20 mins to sometimes over an hour. This would happen throughout the day. Although we were told to watch out for epileptic fits, we didn’t really think this was the sign. We expected the full on seizures where the whole body violently jerks – we did not know that these twitches were fits in themselves. To be honest, the doctors we saw in hospital didn’t seem to think he was having fits either. However, after a few visits and conversations we got to have a specialist come to see J, who at first sight, said yes he is having seizures! It was a very casual expression for him, but for us it was a pivotal moment in the rest of our sons and our lives.

We still have a long way to go, and we have a lot happening over the next twelve months. J has been referred to Great Ormond Street hospital for surgical assessment. He may have brain surgery or he may . It is not something we are looking forward to, but we have some amazing support around us, plus he is a little superstar and takes everything in his stride. I suppose the best thing to say is wait and see. Parenting a child with epilepsy has its worries and we all go through our trials and tribulations about what’s best for our children, however we feel completely blessed to be able to live the life that we do. It is rich and fulfilling, with so many amazing memories made already. It has taught us not to take for granted the milestones that others might. The first step our son took wasn’t just a milestone – it was a miracle that we were told wouldn’t happen. The first time he used a cup to drink bowled us away. These events are seared deep into our hearts and minds. We are constantly reminded of how resilient children are and how determined they can be to overcome adversity. Whenever I am going through hardship or challenges of any sort I remind myself of this and it helps me to push through and try to overcome them.

Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

Easy Pizza Dough Recipe

Who doesn’t love pizza! It is just one of those lazy foods that we pick up or order in so we don’t have to do much cooking. Yep, it is one of our family favourites. I feed the kids this on swimming night. It’s easy to make, delicious, and making it fresh doesn’t take as long as you would think. The only effort is in the keading, and if you’ve made bread before this will come easy.

This recipe is my own, but I am not ashamed to say that I’ve cooked many online recipes prior to creating this to make sure I knew what I was doing. This creation is the best I’ve made a pizza. The pizza base is light and crispy but without being paper thin. It definitely leaves you filling fulfilled but not weighed down.

I shall leave the toppings up to you. I’ve gone with a mozzarella and pepperoni on top of my own homemade tomato sauce. I will post that up soon.

Ingredients

300g Strong White Bread Flour (You can get 1.5kg for less than a £1)

200ml of warm water (I just combine half boiling and half cold water)

2 Tbsp Rapeseed Oil (You can use olive oil if you prefer)

10g Sea Salt

1 Tbsp of Sugar

1 Sachet of Fast Acting Yeast

Method

  1. Combine flour, yeast, salt and sugar. Mix well, but be careful not to put the salt directly onto the yeast. I put the yeast in first, mix and then add the salt.
  2. Add the liquids and mix and knead until they combine to form a smooth, elastic dough.
  3. Rest in the mixing bowl for 30 mins. Make sure it is covered with food wrap or a tea towel.
  4. Use some flour to dust a clean work surface. Scrape out the dough with a plastic spatula. You can use your hands if you want. You now need to knead your dough for about 15-20mins.
  5. Place back into the mixing bowl to rest for 1 hour. Preheat your oven to 220C (200 for fan assisted), Gas mark 7 or 425 F.
  6. Knock out the dough by flattening hit out with your palms and then use your fingers to poke dimples in the dough.
  7. Dust a clean work top with flour. Cut dough into two halves and use a rolling pin to stretch out the dough.
  8. Dust a round pizza tray with flour and place your dough on tray and folder the edges to make your crust.
  9. Add the pizza toppings. Cook for 15-20mins, Hey presto, you have a pizza that’s far better than a shop bought pizza. I would say it rivals any takeout or restaurant pizza
Daddies Space

The Digital Daddy Club

The Digital Daddy Clubimage

The Digital Daddy Club has opened and is available for all daddies who are looking to up skill and either change to the direction of their career, change jobs to fix that work life balance, get back into work, or you’re just looking for that change. Go to our facebook page and join the group.

I have worked for Daddyjobs.co.uk since the start of September. I am a stay at home dad of two children, and that is a demanding job in itself, but that isn’t the whole of my life. It is just one aspect that enriches the life that I live. I truly believe that the role of ‘Dad’ has changed since my father and grandfather and so on.In fact according to an article in the Guardian there are indications that there are as many as 10 times more stay-at-home dads in the UK than there were a decade ago. This figure is not completely fact – it is an estimation from research completed by the Office for National Statistics. Accurate or not, it still shows that we are a growing breed.

The long established view of the stay-at-home mum is shifting to a more shared approach which has seen more dads reduce the hours of their work in order to share or take some of the responsibility of looking after our children. Hand on heart, I am proud to be part of this growing community of fathers. It is not all sweetness and roses, sometimes as we all know, being a parent can be a difficult job, and whether you’re a stay-at-home dad or mum, isolation, frustration and loneliness can be difficult to manage. That’s even forgetting the other mum/dad jobs we have looking after the house. It’s like running a mini multinational sometimes…I do have a penchant for the melodramatic occasionally.

 

Some of the facts..

 

It is not all gloom and doom though – us dads are supposedly a happy bunch. 75% of us feel lucky to able to look after the children. The study behind the Guardian article also revealed a number of emotive responses from role-reversing parents:

Of women who are the main breadwinner:

  • Four in 10 (37%) feel guilty going out to work and leaving their children
  • One in seven (15%) say they occasionally resent their partner because they have to go out to work
  • Although fewer than one in 10 (9%) say they’d actually want to swap places with their partner to be the stay-at-home parent.

Whereas men who are the stay-at-home parents say:

  • Three quarters (75%) feel lucky to be spending time with their children
  • Around a third (29%) find looking after children more rewarding than going out to work
  • Although one in 10 (10%) say looking after children makes them feel “less of a man”
  • And one in five (17%) wish they earned more so they could go out to work while their partner cared for the children.

Interestingly, I agree! I am lucky to be a stay at home dad. However, figures can also be misleading and not give the real picture. That’s another reason why we have started this. Whether you’re male or female; mum or dad, you own your own story and life – it is unique to you and as individual as your fingerprint. One of the things I have learnt since becoming a dad, a blogger, a work from homer….a grown up! Is that it is important to share knowledge and experience with people in similar situations; to find different ways of tackling situations and ideas. A lot of mums (not all) are good at this, it is one of the crucial skills that I think women are better at than men – communication. It enables them to communicate their emotions, troubles and share knowledge easily. I see it at the school gate: groups of mums gossiping away everything that is going on in their lives. It is not all gossiping though. They are sharing their stories and ideas about their kids, reaffirming their own thoughts and fears about what they’re doing. It may seem trivial, but it really is ‘good to talk’. It’s not all men though.

As I said, we are a growing breed. Like any new adventurers striding into the unknown, we take a few stumbles and go in a couple of wildly fun ‘scenic routes’. We are quick learners and problem solvers. We can be pragmatic and goal driven. These are all skills that we can use in the stay-at-home dad role. I’ve seen so many great dad blogs out there that give great advice and give honest and open stories about being the main caregiver, and what the highs and lows of that life can be. Being a stay-at-home dad does not have to mean you’re less of a man. It means we need to change the perception of what being a man means.

When the job don’t fit…

One of the reasons I am a stay at home dad is because the job I was in no longer fitted around the term time hours. It is hard finding a job as a dad that has to look after the kids. When mums have said that looking after the kids was a full time job. They weren’t kidding. I think we knew that already to be honest. Most dads aren’t knuckle dragging troglodytes, in fact most of us knew the lengths to which our mothers went to look after us. It is why we are perfectly capable of doing this job, and why more and more of us are doing it. Like many mums before us, being the stay-at-home dad doesn’t confine us to a life of nappies, cleaning and food. It is important that we look after our own health and mental well being. I went through a period of adjustment the first time I did the stay-at-home dad job with my son and daughter. It took me nine months…and then I went back to work. Doing the stay-at-home job again is much better this time. I know more about what to expect and what to avoid. I now keep myself busy by blogging and working from home; keeping healthy and exercising, and making sure I keep the social life going. It is a juggling act which can be a bit heavy at times, but it is not unmanageable – it just takes a little effort …but for a big pay off.

Community

The Digital Daddy Club is a community connected via the Daddyjobs.co.uk website that we want dads to join because we know it important to connect and share experiences.

We want to make that work/life balance right for parents. Dads and mums deserve to be able to work together and have opportunities that fit around their life, and not have to fit their life around their work.

We want to give you the space to share experiences and advice, not just around jobs, but around every aspect of your lives. As much as you want to. Our ambition is to make it easier for parents to live a full life without having to sacrifice the important parts.

We will give opportunities for flexible/part time/ work from home jobs; training options and CV consultation, but most importantly the feeling of being able to control your life. Yes, queue inspirational music to that last sentence, but we really mean it.

The whole reason we started our sites and digital parent clubs is to try to change the landscape for parents who find it difficult to keep up with demands of modern day life. It shouldn’t be a case of if you can beat them join them. It should be if you can’t beat them, change their viewpoint, change the arena, change their minds.

Join the club…

Please visit the facebook page, twitter or our daddyjobs community. We’d love to hear from you, read your blogs and hear your stories.

If you’re a mum and you’re reading this, we haven’t forgotten about the mums. You can connect with our mums on our facebook page, twitter and www.mummyjobs.co.uk