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

My month in Instagrams: July 2014

My month in Instagrams: July 2014

July was a glorious month weather-wise, so looking back on my month’s Instagrams it’s no surprise that a lot of them involve the kids playing outdoors. From paddling pools to theme parks, they’ve packed an entire summer’s worth of fun into one month. We have to take advantage of the good weather while we can! … Continue reading

10 top tips for surviving Legoland

10 top tips for surviving Legoland

It’s that time of the year when thousands of families descend on what used to be Windsor Safari Park but is now nirvana for lovers of brightly coloured construction bricks from Denmark. Kids love Legoland, but as a parent it can be an experience that leaves nerves frayed and wallets emptied. Here are ten top … Continue reading