Odd jobs for men? A funny thing happened on Instagram recently that made me wonder what the hell some fellow husbands and dads are doing. Since smashing my new phone, and it being impossible to replace the screen without resorting to criminality, I've not been posting as many pics. My old Wileyfox Swift is a … Continue reading Stop being a lazy bugger!
The Girl will have travelled about 2.464 billion miles around the sun by the time she starts school in a few weeks. This figure does not include the number of miles trekked to find toilets at the least convenient time whenever we're out and about, but I reckon you could probably double it and be … Continue reading Is she ready for school?
First up, a confession - despite the post title, this table wasn't put together that quickly! However, I think that was mainly due to my lack of a decent chunk of free time to get on with it, and the regular occasional interruption by my offspring during various stages. That said, I reckon this is … Continue reading Quick improvised kids table
"Daddy, what happened in Manchester and London?"
Me. The Boy. A tent. One night. What could possibly go wrong? That was my initial reaction to the suggestion that I take him ‘proper camping’ as his birthday treat. We tend not to give the kids big presents on their birthdays – the wider family seems to have that covered – so instead, we … Continue reading Giving myself a break
The first working day back after a bank holiday was, as ever, slightly confusing. Is it Monday? Is it Tuesday? Can I go back to bed? Where are my shoes? Why are you in my house?! Anyway, at least it means one less day until the weekend. Grand! Though that also means, one day less to … Continue reading What a difference a day makes
Being an island in the north Atlantic Ocean, it's not surprising that us Brits have an affinity with the water. But growing up in the Pennines, about 40 miles as the crow flies from the nearest bit of coast and 70 miles from the mandatory seaside trip to Whitby, there wasn't a great deal of … Continue reading Get wet
(Then) four year-old boy’s homework: Make or draw a rocket for this term’s topic on space. Cue big grin on daddy’s face. Me: Do you want to make one, or draw one? Boy: Make one! Me: Do you want to make a model, or one that flies. Boy: One that flies! Me: Excellent... I love space. … Continue reading Rocket fun for the family
Planning a child's birthday celebration isn't as appealing as it sounds.
In a few weeks time, I'll be the father of a 3 and a 5 year old. If you'd have told me that a few years ago I'd have freaked out, but ever since monkey bum came into my life I've discovered I'm not as terrified of children as I thought I was. Yes, they're … Continue reading Prime time