Becoming A Stay-At-Home Dad Of Two Kids

It’s been all change around these ‘ere parts recently. The missus’ maternity leave officially came to an end on Monday, so after nine months of being at home since ‘Beetle’ was born, she returns to full-time employment. For me, I return to being the primary carer or stay-at-home dad (SAHD). However, this time it’s for not one, […]

A Weaning Update: ‘Beetle’s’ First Food Adventures

I’m not quite sure where this year has gone, but suddenly our little lad is 8 months old. The newborn days are well behind us as he becomes more of a ‘proper’ child each and every day. With that comes certain firsts and milestones – smiling, laughing, rolling over, sitting up and *gulps* weaning. Despite […]

Beware Of Strangers…Unless They’re Dressed Like A Kid’s TV Character!

As L gets older, ‘stranger danger’ is something I’m becoming more conscious about. Increasingly, she’s spending less time with me due to things like school, so ensuring that she’s aware of potential dangers in relation to unknown people is an important lesson to teach. It’s a balance though. You don’t want to scare them, create […]

4 Annoying Things I’d Forgotten About Babies

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – babies are annoying. Sure, it’s not their defining feature, but it’s certainly up there as one of the first ten five three adjectives that come to mind when I think of those little, squishy, bundles of joy. The thing is, I’d actually forgotten just how […]

Our 8 Favourite Educational Preschooler TV Shows

Never before has there been so much choice for our kids when it comes to watching children’s TV shows and programmes. When I was younger, kids TV was really limited to BBC or ITV for a few hours each day around normal, grown-up programming. Yet now, the little ones have access to so much on […]

Visiting The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta With Bosch

It’s been a pretty busy week, probably best summed up by the 4 B’s – Birthdays, Bristol, Balloons and Bosch. Let me explain. As part of some work I’m doing with Bosch, we headed over to the West Country to visit the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta – a stroke of luck meant that our few days […]

Participating In The Shell UK Driving Experiment

I like to think that I’m a good driver – although that’s hardly surprising as there probably aren’t many people out there who would actively admit to being a bad driver. I reckon I have the evidence to back this statement up though. I passed my driving test at 17 with just three minors, I’ve […]

Second Child Syndrome: The Unfair Life Of The Second Kid

I feel sorry for ‘Beetle’. As he approaches six-months old, he’s probably had what you’d call a pretty unfair life when compared to that of his older sister. It’s not that we don’t love him, care for him or cherish him – we obviously do. However, he is a second child – and that means […]

4 Ways To Reduce The Cost Of Family Entertainment

Kids can be expensive – like *really* expensive. I always knew that there’d be large child-related costs when it came to things like pushchairs, car seats and clothes, but I’ve discovered plenty of unexpected costs along the way. Take something like the cost of family entertainment – I never realised I’d spend so much on […]