Considering The Impact Of A New Baby On An Older Sibling

Since ‘Beetle’s’ arrival four weeks ago, a question that we’re continually asked is how L has taken to the change. It’s obviously a totally valid enquiry. After 3.5 years of it just being her, she now has a sibling. Not intending to get too dramatic about it, but this has the potential to knock her […]

The Additional Benefits Of Baby And Toddler Swimming Lessons

I’m a huge proponent of getting your kids into the water from an early age. We started Water Babies swimming lessons with L when she was around eight months old, and it’s hands down one of the best things we’ve done. At the time of writing, we’ve just started Chapter 11 and each week she […]

Thinking About My Daughter’s Growing Digital Footprint

I’ve been thinking recently about L’s digital footprint. As someone who shares a big part of my life online – by association – a lot of her 3.5-years on the planet have also been publicly documented. This is something I’m increasingly worried about. By putting her out there, have I inadvertently impacted her future life? […]

Surviving Mealtimes With A Toddler

In my three and a bit years as a dad, I’d probably say that the constant battle between child and food has been the most challenging. I use “challenging”, but I could easily substitute that with “annoying”, “infuriating” or “exasperating” – I could also chuck in a few swear words for good measure, but I’ll […]

What Will Our Second Baby Look Like?

The whole making a baby thing fascinates me. I’m no Dr Robert Winston, but the fact that two people can create life by bumping uglies, then the mum-to-be’s body changes to develop and give birth to that life, is truly incredible. All of that biology stuff – to go from nothing to an actual human being […]

Bonfire Night 2017: Bonfires, Fireworks And Sparklers

Ooooh. Aaaah. Eeeee. Don’t worry, I’ve not pulled my ageing back. That is, in fact, me reliving Bonfire Night from the other week. One of my favourite nights of the year, is there anything better than marvelling at the colours, shapes and sounds in the sky as people literally blow (up) their money. Let’s go […]

The Frustration Of Playing Games With A Preschooler

Is there anything as incredible – and frustrating – than playing games with your toddler? Don’t bother answering. It’s a rhetorical question. I already know that there isn’t. Let me break it down a bit. It’s incredible because you’re spending time with them, you’re seeing their imagination flourish, they’re learning through play and it’s a […]

Sharing My Parenting Super Powers

In the world of Superheroes, something that strikes me as strange is that not many seem to be parents. You might think that this is because they’re too busy saving the world and generally putting their lives at risk. But I have another theory – is it actually because they lack the specific Super Powers […]

Remembering Her First Proper Halloween (Even If She Doesn’t)

It’s without question that things are getting more exciting and interesting the older Toddler L gets. Sure, having a baby is pretty cool, but they don’t really do much – you can take them places or show them stuff, but you get very little reaction, interaction or feedback. Let’s be honest, they don’t even remember […]