Better blogging: 10 grammar traps to avoid

Better blogging: 10 grammar traps to avoid

One of the things that can quickly turn me off a blog is reading posts which are peppered with basic grammatical errors. I don’t expect perfection but, by the time I’ve noticed the fifth error in the opening paragraph of a post, I’ll be irked enough that I’ll be flicking my mouse cursor over to … Continue reading

The simple things

The simple things

In amongst the whirl of iPads, DVDs and all the other technological accoutrements of modern family life, it’s so often the simple things that our kids keep coming back to. They’re largely the same things which gave me hours of fun when I was their age. But when did I forget about these? Somewhere along … Continue reading

A different light

A different light

I was reminded over the weekend of the folly of pigeon-holing my children and seeing them as a collation of stereotypes rather than as fully formed individuals. Have you ever done one of those personality tests? If you work in a corporate or ‘team’ environment, the odds are you probably have. There’s Myers-Briggs, where you’re … Continue reading

My month in Instagrams: June 2014

My month in Instagrams: June 2014

It’s been a busy month in June, some of which I’ve covered in posts on the blog. Here are a few highlights captured via the medium of Instagram. Boys’ day out at Legoland Following our common weekend pattern of ‘divide and conquer’, Heather took Kara down to Dorset to visit her mum while I treated … Continue reading

A better dad: One year on

A better dad: One year on

A year ago, I experienced what it was like to be a single parent for nine days, looking after Isaac and Toby on my own while Heather flew out to Australia (with Kara) for a family funeral. At the time I wrote about how “it has given me a huge shot of confidence in my … Continue reading

Top of the pops (almost)

Top of the pops (almost)

Most parent bloggers – including myself – would say they don’t do it for money or fame. But there’s something lovely about being recognised as not completely awful. There may be no red carpet, no gold statuette, no tearful acceptance speech, but it’s nice to know someone out there enjoys reading my random and frequently … Continue reading