Jeff Brazier

Sin City Calling - Best Man in Vegas

Jeff Brazier | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

I had the distinct privilege of being asked to be a best man recently and was absolutely touched that Justin thought of me in such high regard so I was determined to repay his faith by at least getting my first and arguably the most important job right, arranging the stag. How hard could it be to round up our closest buddies, decide where to go and how to do it and send JJ off in style?

The Angels of Parenting

Jeff Brazier | Posted 25.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
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As I recalled my earliest memories I was keen to impress on the group that I don't look back and see my time in foster care as a negative, my expression wasn't from feeling sorry for myself, I completely understand that in the absence of my biological father, my very young mother, too young to even consider a woman would want to get herself together after having me at the age of 15 and, in some respects I think it was very brave decision to take. I didn't say this in front of the room of kids but I'd prefer to be fostered than to have been aborted and to not have had the privilege of life in the first place!

The Brazier Family Healthy Weekly Food Plan!

Jeff Brazier | Posted 01.11.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

I sat the boys down for one of these increasingly frequent 'Brazier planning meetings' and it was clear that choosing was the easy part. I placed recipe books in front of them and was really surprised by how interested they were in making dishes they had never had before as well as some of the old favourites.

The Rules of Separation

Jeff Brazier | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

Do we really put our children first? Separation for parents can be amongst the toughest experiences in life; the hurt, anger, pain and insecurity can be unbearable, and in those moments of feeling utter rejection you are meant to act responsibly on behalf of the children so that they are put first?

How to Survive the Summer Holidays: 10 Simple Steps

Jeff Brazier | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Now how on earth am I going to juggle my work, the mountain of life coaching coursework AND entertain the children for the next six weeks?! As I pondered the enormity of the situation it struck me that I knew exactly how to cope.

Finding Love in a Wheelie-Bin Full of Sick

Jeff Brazier | Posted 21.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Coming in to a pre-packaged family is nothing short of a tightrope act but for those that do stick around long enough and apply themselves generously to the 'added extras', the benefits are there waiting, you just have to see them.

Coaching Butterflies...

Jeff Brazier | Posted 13.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
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n an R.E lesson the subject conveniently turned to the afterlife, and, without needing any cue, Freddy got up and spoke wonderfully in front of the whole class about Jade and most poignantly about how he sees her as a beautiful butterfly. Heart melting stuff and Ms H took the golden opportunity to elaborate and congratulate Freddy on such a brave show of emotion. Realising she was beneath the barrier, something wonderful happened between teacher and pupil and an understanding was made. This was confirmed when a Loom-band bracelet appeared anonymously on her desk with a note proclaiming her to be the best teacher in the world.

Coaching Through Grief

Jeff Brazier | Posted 08.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Something so harrowing happened today that I can't get it off my mind. I took the children to watch the Tour de France come tearing through the tiny country lanes in a neighbouring village and I ended up comforting a woman as she watched her husband slipping away before her very eyes. I just can't comprehend what she must be feeling right now.

The Day I Went to See Arsenal Train

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
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If you are anything like me you would have grown up idolising your footballing hero's, my first was Kerry Dixon, then Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker. To have met any of those at a young age would have felt no less like meeting a God... The simple pleasure received from meeting someone you really look up to is something you don't actually ever forget.The Sports Connection Foundation asked me if I would accompany a young lad, Tomas Mayer, who has (DMD) Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his short life. Having DMD means all his body and organs are basically shutting down.

Dear Bobby...

Posted 15.11.2013 | UK Entertainment

Jeff Brazier has written an open letter, via an exclusive blog on The Huffington Post, to his son, Bobby as he struggles to come to terms with the los...

Dear Bobby...

Jeff Brazier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
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How difficult it can be at times to spot your grief for mummy. While we quite rightly do not use it as an excuse for every minor indiscretion, it is at times so glaringly obvious that the very worst you can ever throw at me is undeniably a direct consequence of the turmoil you occasionally feel inside. Yet although I know and accept its origins, why do I always allow it to hit me so personally and so deeply?

Cycling Around Madagascar

Jeff Brazier | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Entertainment
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Setting off on my third fundraising cycling trip for Norwood wasn't a hard choice. One year previously I had embarked into the unknown with a group of strangers to Sri Lanka and had come back a changed person. It was only natural that in my often hectic world full of responsibility I would want to immerse myself in another culture...

Educating Bobby... Where Next?

Jeff Brazier | Posted 18.12.2013 | UK Entertainment
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My eldest son Bobby is somehow on the verge of becoming of senior school age, so for me, today was spent on one of many tours of schools to work out exactly what our options are and where I would like to end up spending the next five years driving to and from twice a day in the name of my child's education.

Balloon Release

Jeff Brazier | Posted 06.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
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For the last four years since Bobby and Freddy lost their mum the boys and I have released balloons as a mark of respect, a loving gesture and for the lads especially, a positive way to acknowledge their loss in a way that can be considered by all as a happy occasion.

Double Date

Jeff Brazier | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
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There are very few landmarks in parenthood that stick out as much as your child's first date, well last week I was to play chaperone at Bobby and Freddy's very first double date!

Bringing the Romance Back

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.04.2013 | UK Entertainment
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In a way I do envy those that are childless and about to embark on a relationship that will see them marry and have kids as the years progress. Single parents like us do the best they can for ourselves and for our kids - but the best time to get it right is before you've got it wrong, but some people need to get it wrong before they are ready to get it right!

Bob and Fred's Skate Night

Jeff Brazier | Posted 24.03.2013 | Home
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It's really significant to me that the boys have opened their 'charity account'. The fact they chose Marie Curie who cared for their mum and Grief Encounter who have made their loss less painful indicates they understand what it means to give back and to pay gratitude.

Thanks be to the Twitter Fans

Jeff Brazier | Posted 13.02.2013 | Home
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I had a lovely time making dinner for the gang but on my long drive home late that evening it dawned on me that there might just have been a special reason why Nicola won the competition in the first place, and why it led me to meet Matthew.

Phone Hacking Damages For Jamie Theakston, Jeff Brazier And Colin Stagg

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK

Jamie Theakston, Jeff Brazier and Colin Stagg are among the latest names to settle their phone-hacking damages actions. The presenter, the boyfrien...

Guilt

Jeff Brazier | Posted 08.02.2013 | Home
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Simply put, I feel like I'm letting them down. I'm not there to pack them of to school or to tuck them into bed and that niggles me... Bringing up kids in modern times is a full time job in itself and then we want to go and have another full time job at the same time?! Working parents/professional jugglers? Same thing.

Great TV, the Beginnings of Christmas and Things to Do!

Jeff Brazier | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
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The success of a reality TV show relies purely on the strength and depth of characters and chemistry between those participating. This year's jungle was a first in that MOST were grounded, normal, friendly and likeable if not collectively a little soft.

One Hill at a Time

Jeff Brazier | Posted 23.01.2014 | Home
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It's true of life that when faced with a long journey to achieve the goals and ambitions we set for ourselves, it's helpful for us to understand that to reach the target, we have to take one step at a time to progress towards our dreams.

Giving Back

Jeff Brazier | Posted 14.12.2012 | Home
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Maybe if I did too many events and asked for 'help' on too many occasions I would quickly exhaust the patience and better virtues of many, but then if only 1% of my 318,000 Twitter followers donated £1 each, that would still raise £3180! There are worse ways to get on peoples nerves.

The Week After the Week Before...

Jeff Brazier | Posted 01.12.2012 | Home
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We are a very happy camp right now, I will always share what I find difficult about parenting because without this I would not have made such complete progress, to admit to a problem is not to show weakness, it's to invite the good people amongst us to pick us up and send us off in the right direction.

Naughty at School

Jeff Brazier | Posted 21.11.2012 | Home
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Right now I am experiencing a feeling that I hope disappears rather quickly for I feel like I am somehow failing the children, I must be, or why would they both be misbehaving so much at school?