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

Better blogging: 5 tips for getting started

Better blogging: 5 tips for getting started

I’ve been blogging now for seven years, during which time I’ve managed to get as many things wrong as I have right. But I’m still here. I now run three blogs and write ten posts a month for a national newspaper website, which helps to subsidise my penchant for pricey coffee, Hula Hoops and paracetamol. … Continue reading

Every day is Father’s Day

Every day is Father’s Day

It was lovely to celebrate Father’s Day yesterday. Waking up to breakfast in bed. Being presented with various cards and presents lovingly hand-crafted by the kids. Being taken out for lunch, paid for by the family. (Although it was charged to a credit card that I pay for. So technically I took myself out to … Continue reading