About Craig Titchener

Craig Titchener is a whiskey-loving mechanic/poet living in Garndiffaith, South Wales. He can often be found walking his dog in the beautiful Welsh countryside. He owns many watches and almost as many empty bottles of whiskey. Find him on Twitter @craigtitchener. Craig has graciously accepted the role as GetConnectDAD’s Poet Laureate.

I made the decision to never let a drop of alcohol pass my lips whilst my son needs me.

My father was and, as far as I know, still is an alcoholic.

Because my mum had incredible insight, I didn’t get to see him in that way and never suffered living with him as an alcoholic. My mum got us as far away from him as she could give her circumstances. But that didn’t stop my […]

Watch Your Mouth! Be Respectful. 5 Lessons That Last a Lifetime

I was always taught to be respectful to others. Almost like a drill sergeant growing up with my mother, she’d instill in me basic manners and etiquette.

Here are the top five things she taught me that I would never forget:

  1. Say please and thank you for everything and anything.  I still worry about this today […]

3 AM – The silence of the night broken

The silence of the night broken,
by my son’s cries.
I’m still half asleep,
yet wide awake,
hoping this moment is a dreamt nightmare.

In my bare essentials I run to his room,
where he sits,
surrounded by his vomit.
“Noah noo sick”
He says as I strip him off,
Lifting him up,
within my shaking hands.

His vomit is everywhere,
even on me,
and as I hold him close,
His […]


He stands there in front of me,

Wearing his dimpled smile.

Filled with happiness,

And a beautiful innocence.

Little does he realize,

He’s taught me patience,

And constantly reminds that time doesn’t matter.

The love for him I can’t explain.

This compassion I feel,

And wanting only to see him happy.

Everyday a little bit more he changes,

Within the lessons he learns.

I helped create him,

Watched him […]

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