I’m excited. I know I am. I’m not sure when the excitement started, maybe when I felt his movements and kicks. Maybe when I saw the relief on my wife’s face when we first heard the heart beat at our first midwife appointment or was it the 12 week scan? I know when it wasn’t though. It wasn’t when studying the pregnancy test stick with a torch in our kitchen looking for the second line. Seeing the second line. Hearing my wife’s excitement. “We did it, we did it. Are you happy?” Yes. I’m happy, I’m ecstatic. I’m also scared as hell. I feel dread coming over me, not even giving me a minute to enjoy the moment because the last time we saw two lines, after months of trying, it ended in disaster. Continue reading “How do I stop previous miscarriages stealing our pregnancy?”
Why is my son’s school making it difficult for me to help him choose his lunch (or dinner as they call it)? They had started so well. He enjoys it and it seems pretty healthy so what’s my problem? Oh that’s right. I’m a control freak. Continue reading “Soggy semolina and concrete chips – My beef with school dinners.”
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.
Heading off for an adventure weekend away with the kids? Don’t make the same mistake we did. We forgot to take our Cross Buggy. Doh!
We did have a great weekend though. My wife took the Friday off and, as is seeming to evolve into a family tradition, we went away for father’s day. Continue reading “Father’s Day without our YippieYo Crossbuggy. What were we thinking?”
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”
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.”
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?”
Where to start? At the beginning of course. In fact NO. Before the beginning because they get this so right you are excited like a little kid before you even leave your house. Continue reading “The Mind Boggles – The wonderful world of BeWILDerwood”
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”
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?”