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

The iPhone holiday challenge: Year 2

The iPhone holiday challenge: Year 2

For our holiday in France last week, I decided to repeat the challenge I set myself last year of telling the story of our week using only my iPhone 5 and the standard tools available via the social photo sharing app Instagram. So here are my favourite shots (mostly mine – I’ve borrowed a couple … Continue reading

The empty house

The empty house

Our house is usually a busy, bustling place, full of the sights and sounds of three young children aged six and under. Right now it feels empty and eerily quiet. The house isn’t completely empty, as we still have Kara at home. Her voice and the force of her burgeoning personality are enough to fill … Continue reading

The benefits of a blogging holiday

The benefits of a blogging holiday

Our holiday last week was a break from two of my three jobs: the ‘working’ one that pays the bills and (unsually for me) the writing one that provides enough of an additional income to keep me gadgeted up. Even though that meant I was full-time on my third job – being a dad to … Continue reading

The graduate

The graduate

Yesterday, on the day when hundreds of thousands of teenagers found out their A-level results, Toby received two certificates: one for participating in sports day and the other to mark his departure from preschool. In less than four weeks’ time. he’ll be going to ‘big boy school’. It’s a big step for a 4½-year-old who … Continue reading

Light at the end of the tunnel

Light at the end of the tunnel

In between playing with loom bands, trying out their new outdoor trampoline and dressing up in skirts and tutus – a regular and amusing habit that, contrary to any rumours you may have heard, they have not inherited from their father – I am gratified to see how well our two boys are now playing … Continue reading

Why one-child parents aren’t selfish

Why one-child parents aren’t selfish

Sian over at The Adventures of a Potty Mouthed Mummy wrote an excellent post recently about how annoying it is to be asked, as a mother of one, when the next baby will be coming along and how some people even regard it as selfish and unfair on the child when parents decide that one … Continue reading