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Cautionary Tales For Children
Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.


Research has shown how important YOU are to your children and how as a dad the things you do, and keep on doing, really count, whether you live with them, or you are a single dad and are only able see them once a month, once a week or more, what you do really matters. This site is dedicated to all dads but will be of special relevance to the single dad. Remember, you are half the reason your children exist and they need you whether you live with them or not. As their dad, you have what it takes to make their lives successful and fulfilling no matter how often you see them. This site is about all the positive things that we as parents have to offer our children.
Crucial Conversations
Conversational tools and tips for talking when the stakes are high. An invaluable book that will boost your confidence and help you get the best outcome from every conversation

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  April 16, 2008
Date posted April 16, 2008  

Crucial Conversations

Kerry Patterson

A crucial conversation can be any conversation that has the potential to change your life. We all have conversations like this every day, sometimes they are the beginning of rows with loved ones or a work colleague, other times, without us really knowing what is happening, they creep up on us and end up leading us down a path we later wish we had not taken. The most difficult crucial conversations are the ones that start out as casual ones but change gear to become crucial without us spotting the shift; that is when we are in trouble, and that is when this book could just about save your life.
. . . How to spot the confrontation warning signs; how to make sure the conversation stays safe; how to keep your cool when someone says something that you really disagree with; these and loads of other great techniques are all explained clearly in the book. Crucial Conversations is a practical book, with plausible, engaging and easy to understand situations with which we can all identify, as examples.
. . . I have thought a great deal about this book since reading it and now put many of the tips and thought processes to great effect in almost every conversation. Of course I still make mistakes, but at least I am able to think about what went wrong in any given conversation, how I handled it and what I could have done better.
. . . I will never forget this book’s most potent piece of advice, “start with the heart” by which it explains, when talking to someone about something important, always think of the long term - ask yourself if what I am saying is improving MY chances of being happy and getting what I want out of life or not, in the long term. I regularly stop myself now and mentally ask if what I am about to say is helping where I want to be, and quite often this changes what I am about to say.
. . . Crucial Conversations is well written, highly readable and full of practical strategies to make your life so much better; it should be compulsory reading at school. Buy it and read it today, take control of your future and make the world a nicer place.


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Cautionary Tales For Children
Wonderful witty poems great for reading to your children. The stories and rhymes will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Emily the Strange
Beautifully designed and put together, Emily the Strange is just one of those books that is lovely to own and look at and read, whoever you are.

Gormenghast
Stunningly written modern day classic that knocks Potter and Middle Earth into a cocked hat, this sumptuously described and gorgeously dark tale is filled to bursting with fascinating characters

Stardust
A superbly realised fairytale for the modern viewer with more than enough action intrigue and good old fashioned entertainment values for all the family for repeated viewings

Fablehaven
If you liked Spiderwick, HP and Artemis Fowl, then you'll love Fablehaven, with its intelligent, funny and well paced writing, it's more than a match for any of them.

The Alchemist
Many people's favourite book of all time, and certainly in the top ten of anyone that's read it, a gloriously written fable about finding what you are searching for

Perudo (Liar′s Dice)
A beautiful tin boxed game that is easy to learn and endless fun to play. It can be played by up to five players, perfect for a range of ages playing together

Secondhand Lions
A young boy goes to live with his two eccentric great uncles he never knew he had, they show him how to have fun and he gives them something to live for

Kensuke's Kingdom
A wonderful book about adventure and friendship, perfect for your children to read or for you to read to them, often described by children as the best book they have ever read

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
A beautifully written and profoundly moving book, that is guaranteed to change the way you look at life and make sure that you never take anything for granted again

Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze?
Answers to all those tricky questions that you thought would never be answered, Why Don't Penguins' Feet Freeze? is a compulsive compendium of the fascinating

Howl's Moving Castle
A gorgeously animated and beautiful directed film that seems to find a whole new palette of colours from somewhere.

Crucial Conversations
Conversational tools and tips for talking when the stakes are high. An invaluable book that will boost your confidence and help you get the best outcome from every conversation

Nerf Vortex Mega Howler
If you want to throw things (and let’s face it what kid doesn’t want to throw things), then you can’t go far wrong with the Nerf Vortex Mega Howler.

The Dads' Book
Clever tips and practical advice, wittily delivered on the art of fatherhood, to give you the best chance of carrying on the tradition of rubbish jokes and being good at everything, like a proper dad.

My Neighbour Totoro
The story feels like it has been woven together with an elegance and beauty that is almost totally lacking in western animated films: A perfect film for a father to watch with his kids

Lego Star Wars II
A great game, witty and engaging and suitable for all ages, Lego Star Wars II is designed for two players, who each have their own character, that have to work together to be successful.




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