Big brother, little sister

Big brother, little sister

I’ve written frequently over the last couple of years about the dynamics between our three kids: Isaac (six), Toby (four) and Kara (nearly two). They are constantly shifting but, as I noted a few weeks ago, the one constant seems to be the bond between oldest and youngest. There are plenty of times when I … Continue reading

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Erudite

Erudite

In Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy – the movie of the first book opened in UK cinemas this week – a dystopian future society is divided into five factions based on predisposed modes of behaviour: Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest), Dauntless (brave) and Erudite (intelligent), each with their own strengths (and weaknesses). I don’t think there’s … Continue reading

The great Duplo doghouse incident

The great Duplo doghouse incident

A small ‘incident’ took place yesterday which summed up the personalities of all three of my children perfectly. Here’s what happened. It was late on Saturday morning – well, 9am, which qualifies as late in our house – when a piercing wail interrupted the tranquil silence. I, Detective Dad of New Thatcham Yard, quickly arrived … Continue reading

Postcard from the heart

Postcard from the heart

I spent the first part of this week in Germany. Other than a couple of phone calls and text messages, I had no contact with the kids from mid-afternoon on Sunday until when they woke up this (Wednesday) morning. The better part of 72 hours is a long time in my children’s little world, and … Continue reading

For sale: One father/husband (used)

For sale: One father/husband (used)

For sale: ‘Classic’ Ford Father/Honda Husband (1970, original Mark I model). Reason for sale: Current owner is in the market for a newer model. Will consider outright sale or part-exchange. Condition: Performance: 0-6 mph takes quite a while. (Not sure whether he’s still capable of going any faster.) Quite heavy – balance and handling not … Continue reading

A letter to my future self

A letter to my future self

Last week I wrote a letter to my former self, back before I had kids. I had a lot of fun writing it and it seemed to go down well with readers. Then Vanessa, one of my regular followers, suggested that it might be fun to follow this up by writing a letter to my … Continue reading

Sibling dynamics

Sibling dynamics

One of the most fascinating aspects of being a father of three is watching the shifting dynamics between two boys and a girl separated by little more than four years. For sure, there’s some sibling rivalry. Isaac (six) and Toby (four) have their fair share of spats, usually over who wants one specific car out … Continue reading

The bewitching hour

The bewitching hour

The hour or two before bedtime is often the hardest part of the day, coinciding as it does with the kids being at their most tired and lairy. But sometimes it’s also my favourite time of the day. From home-time to bed-time Don’t get me wrong, there are days when we need industrial ear defenders … Continue reading

Valentine’s Day and the young romantic

Valentine’s Day and the young romantic

I’m going to say it here: personally, I’m just not into Valentine’s Day. But, as with many thing when you’re a parent, it means that much more when you see it through the filter of your children. Reasons to not like Valentine’s Day Why don’t I like Valentine’s Day? It’s not that I’m unromantic – … Continue reading

The night shift

The night shift

Sleep training has been a fraught process with each of our three kids, both in terms of teaching them to get down to sleep at bedtime and then getting themselves back to sleep without bringing them into our bed when they wake up in the middle of the night. We’re just at the latter stage with … Continue reading

Light at the end of the (tube) tunnel

Light at the end of the (tube) tunnel

For a while after Kara was born, travelling anywhere further than the other side of Newbury with our three kids was an enterprise which involved more complicated logistical arrangements than a polar expedition, with a similar probability that not all of us would return with all limbs (and certainly not all tempers) intact. Thankfully, with … Continue reading