11 Things I’ve Learnt From Visiting Soft Play

Pre-kids, I’d never visited the wonders of soft play as an adult. I’d not had the pleasure of smelling the amalgamation of shit chips, PVC and excited toddler farts or been forced to bend my body through obstacles designed for five-year olds whilst only wearing socks. Then I became a dad – suddenly, my office […]

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 […]

Pregnancy: It’s Just Like Starring In My Own Horror B-Movie

I was sitting in the car the other day and the revelation hit me. Pregnancy is basically the same as starring in your very own B-movie. You know the ones I mean. Those low-budget science-fiction and horror films featuring swamp monsters, man-eating toasters or alien avocados from Mars. Set to a backdrop of piss-poor special effects, scripts that read as […]

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 […]

A Pregnancy Update: Second Trimester (Week 27)

And just like *that*, we’ve hit week 27 of pregnancy. About to go into the third trimester, the missus is now well over the halfway point and has actually been with child for more than half a year. Assuming he plops out on his due date (which, obviously ain’t going to happen), that means we […]

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 […]

6 Unexpected Things That Excite Me Now I’m A Parent

Becoming an adult takes the excitement out of life. As a kid, everything is new, different and thrilling – the world is your metaphorical oyster. Then you grow up. Your life becomes work, bills, chores and other boring stuff that didn’t cross your mind when you were playing pirates as a 8-year old. Life as […]