Hi there. I’m Tim Bonner and this is my blog.
My aim is to share my journey as a stay at home dad with you so we can both learn from the successes and failures.
Who Am I?
I’m a 40-something English guy living in Edinburgh who gave up work several years ago to look after my family.
Here’s what you can expect from my blog:
- thoughts on being a stay at home dad;
- the ups and downs of family life;
- honest, unbiased reviews;
- helpful blogging tips that you can take action on.
I grew up on a farm in rural Lincolnshire, England and enjoyed the freedom and expanse of the open countryside. Lincolnshire has some big skies and I remember how much easier it was to see the stars in those days!
Back then, Classical Music was my life. From my early teens, I grew up playing the flute and piano and I had every intention of spending the rest of my life working in the Classical Music industry in some capacity.
At 18, I made a pretty huge move for me at the time up to Edinburgh, Scotland to study a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Edinburgh. It was everything I had dreamt of and more but completely the opposite of what I was used to. I learnt so much and it was an eye opener moving to a big city.
After completing my degree though, my life moved in a completely different direction. I was keen to start earning a living and being pretty good with figures, I landed a job with an insurance company in Edinburgh.
For a while, everything went well but I missed having family around me. I guess I also found the reality of no longer being a student and having a mundane working life harder to deal with than I imagined I would.
A move to Manchester, England where my sister and her family were living, brought me into the pensions world. I also met my wife whilst living down there. At the time, she was studying for a teaching qualification and I was working for a leading pensions consultancy.
When my wife qualified to be a teacher, she got her first teaching post in the West Midlands so it was another move for us. It was during our time there that we got married.
Our latest move saw us back in Edinburgh after my wife got a promotion. I continued to work in the pensions field. After my son was born, my wife and I considered me staying at home full time but my employer at the time persuaded me to stay. However, after my daughter arrived into the world, we made the conscious decision that I should stay at home.
My wife being a teacher meant she gets much more time off than I ever could in employment and she was also earning more than me so it was a no-brainer for me to give up work. A scary thought but a no-brainer!
That’s when I started my blog to keep me occupied and out of trouble when I wasn’t looking after the kids. I’ve enjoyed meeting so many interesting people around the blogosphere and have been lucky enough to be able to help some of them with their blogging journey too.
It’s for those people that I’m here and why I’m sharing my journey.