On your bike

On your bike

As a parent, there’s a temptation to hurry our children on to the next milestone the moment we think they’re ready. This starts early in their lives: skipping a night-time feed, moving from crib to cot to bed, sleep training, crawling and walking, toilet training – the list goes on. In so many respects, it’s … Continue reading

Carrying the one

Carrying the one

Last week it was all about the hand-writing. This week Isaac has been learning about column addition in maths and in the blink of an eye he showed us both the positive and the not-so-positive side of his perfectionist nature. First the positives. He came bounding in from after-school club last night overflowing with enthusiasm … Continue reading

My month in Instagrams: October 2014

My month in Instagrams: October 2014

The clocks may have gone back and it is officially autumn, but you wouldn’t think it given the pleasantly mild and sunny weather we’ve been enjoying this week. Nonetheless, we’ve negotiated our first half-term with two of our three kids in school as well as a long family weekend and, of course, that increasingly commercial … Continue reading

The write stuff

The write stuff

One of our friends gave Isaac a gift of a notebook the other day. She knows him well. It’s the best present our studious eldest child could have. Like father, like son. Isaac is a wordsmith at heart. In the same way that some kids spend hours kicking a football around to develop their ball … Continue reading

Faded glories, lifelong memories

Faded glories, lifelong memories

At the end of our four-day half-term getaway, each of our three children had a huge meltdown. That counts as a successful holiday to me. This is the fifth consecutive year we’ve been to Butlins. Having been to Minehead the last couple of times, this year we returned to Bognor Regis for our annual taste … Continue reading

Six of the best

Six of the best

I’ve been a LoveAllDads Awards winner for all of 24 hours now, and I can honestly say my life has changed … not one iota. I haven’t been upgraded at the hotel I’m staying at with work this week. (Indeed I got back to my room this afternoon to find myself locked out.) No one … Continue reading

And the winner is …

And the winner is …

Even the mightiest of oaks starts out as a tiny acorn. Slouching towards Thatcham is hardly a Californian redwood of the parent blogging community – I like to think of it more as a beautifully sculpted bonsai – but it is that little corner of the web that I call my home. And it’s one … Continue reading

Five things I’ll miss when you grow up

Five things I’ll miss when you grow up

With our children, it’s so easy to be focussed on the next milestone that we forget that every step they take moves them a tiny bit further away from younger, more innocent times. This is something I’m particularly aware of with Kara, probably because I know she’s our last child. We won’t ever again go through … Continue reading