DIY Daddy’s Brilliant Dad Feature – Week 115 is Me!

If you are reading this and you haven’t heard of Nigel Higgins then one of two things is true. Either Google is broken or we are friends and you are reading my blog out of misplaced loyalty or I’ve finally badgered you into submission.

Nigel is the original Brilliant Dad. He is a working father of five including twins. His blog DIY Daddy (don’t worry, the link is coming up) is a source of constant inspiration to me. He is also always on hand to offer advice, encouragement and guidance when I get stuck on something and if he doesn’t know, his blogger wife Emily certainly will.

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So when Nigel invited me to take part in his “Brilliant Dad” feature I was both honoured and humbled. Of course I agreed. So grab yourselves some popcorn and a box of tissues and have a read of this. (that was the link).

“The rise of the stay at home dad” – Liliana Lopes

I was recently interviewed by journalist, Liliana Lopes who was researching “the rise of the stay at home dad”. Technically I’m not but having spent the last 6 months on a medically induced sabbatical she felt I kind of qualified and wanted my take on the subject. Below is the full interview. Or you can read Liliana’s finished article here. Continue reading ““The rise of the stay at home dad” – Liliana Lopes”

I’ve known a few women to hit the roof, but never a glass ceiling.

Will we ever achieve true gender equality when discussions on the subject are themselves usually so discriminatory?

I was born in the 1970s. Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister. Her Majesty The Queen was our monarch. She still is. My Mum was the boss of our house with my elder sisters coming in second and third. My first, second, third, fourth…. teachers were all female. In fact I was on my sixth school before I had a male teacher. Continue reading “I’ve known a few women to hit the roof, but never a glass ceiling.”

How can I explain religion to my 3 year old without sounding like a liar?

Our neighbours had a dog. A giant, fluffy, friendly, chilled out golden retriever called Max. He was pretty old and really ill. He’d sit on their porch watching the world go by while the little man would come and give him fuss and love in a way that only a 3 year old can. So when Max died and they got a new puppy we had some explaining to do. Continue reading “How can I explain religion to my 3 year old without sounding like a liar?”

Guest post on The Blended Parent Network

The Blended Parent Network was founded in the summer of 2016 by a couple of likely dads, Luke Woodhouse and David Shaul. Since then it has raced towards its goal; “to become a helpful, engaging, positive environment for ALL families, is driven by a shared passion, to be the best parents we can be.” Continue reading “Guest post on The Blended Parent Network”

Beer and Babysitting – can dads really be trusted to look after their own children?

Funny Story: So me and the little man were at a local soft play center. They had a little swing gate between the toddler and baby areas. He loves gates, doors… pretty much anything with a hinge. It does get boring sometimes, not being able to pass a door. But having noticed the obsession I took the opportunity to use it as an early lesson into how not to get your fingers trapped and he never has. Continue reading “Beer and Babysitting – can dads really be trusted to look after their own children?”

#TheDaddyTag Challenge

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Are you a Stay at Home Daddy or a Working Daddy?

Working Daddy: I work full-time on a strange shift pattern which has been made very flexible by my family friendly employer and kind boss. My wife works full-time also. She works Monday to Friday with 3 days from her office and two days from home. We arrange our shifts around each other which was a bit complicated to set up but now it means that can cover all the childcare between us and still have family time. This is a great balance as we get plenty of one to one time with the little man and everything else is the three of us. The sacrifice? Personal time. Boo Hoo. I’d much rather spend time with them anyway. Continue reading “#TheDaddyTag Challenge”