Am I a writer?

Am I a writer?

It’s a question to which the answer has never been obvious to me. So let me start with what I’m not. I’m not a professional writer. I have a day job. I’m a middle-ranking manager in a large multimational corporation and consequently I write in my spare time. I have no formal training as a … Continue reading

The constant of cuddles

The constant of cuddles

The move from preschool to primary school has become a biennial routine for us. Isaac went off to ‘big boy school’ for the first time two years ago (although it feels like only a couple of months in my mind’s eye). Toby started this week. And in two years’ time it will be Kara’s turn. … Continue reading

First steps, long journey

First steps, long journey

Not that he realised the enormity of it, but yesterday Toby took his first steps on a long journey that could last a dozen years, potentially more: his first day (well, half-day) at school. I have to admit that I was concerned about how he would cope with his first morning in school. After all, … Continue reading

A not-so-grand day out

A not-so-grand day out

Toby begins his primary school adventure today, so I took yesterday off to treat him to one final boys’ day out for the summer. Now if it had been Isaac, he would have immediately produced a list of demands including Legoland, London, the cinema and ten other things, all before lunch. But Toby is a … Continue reading

Beaulieu and the beasts

Beaulieu and the beasts

Isaac is back at school today (Toby doesn’t start until next week) so yesterday the boys and I had one final day out together to bring the summer holidays to a close. Given that both boys’ favourite TV programme is Top Gear and that Toby is developing his literacy skills largely by learning to read … Continue reading

Why the LoveAllDads Awards are important

Why the LoveAllDads Awards are important

The chaps over at LoveAllDads (LADs) are taking nominations for their annual awards over the course of September. These may not be as big as those run by the likes of Britmums or Mumsnet – yet! – but in many ways they’re just as important. Why? Because while dads represent half of all parents, we’re … Continue reading

My month in Instagrams: August 2014

My month in Instagrams: August 2014

Unsurprisingly given that it’s been the school holidays, August has been a busy month full of holidays, day trips and other activities. So without further ado here are a few family highlights from the last month. Yellow fever Isaac has been going to martial arts classes for a few months now. He loves the structure … Continue reading