Raising A Middle-Class Toddler Who’s Posher Than Me

It struck me the other day that I’m raising a middle-class toddler. This is by no means a bad thing – it’s just a surprising thing. Don’t worry, I don’t intend to analyse the different contextual meanings of the word “class”, discuss what measurements define different social classes or argue that the three-tier class system […]

Review: Live And On-Demand Sport Via Eurosport Player

One of the biggest changes to my life since becoming a dad is the lack of control I have over my own TV. That’s right – my own bloody TV. In the past, I used to watch anything and everything I wanted. My weekends often comprised of back-to-back football games – it wasn’t uncommon to watch […]

5 Children’s Shows We’ve Been Watching On DisneyLife

I am a DisneyLife Brand Ambassador and this post was created in partnership with DisneyLife who have provided me with a free 12 month DisneyLife subscription. As Toddler L gets older, we’re starting to leave behind some of the more babified kid’s shows that have been a regular fixture on our TV over the last couple […]

Eating As A Family At Dinner Time #DinnerTimeChallenge

Before we go any further, I need to clear something up. I eat ‘tea’, not ‘dinner’. Actually, that’s a lie. I eat ‘dinner’ too, but my ‘dinner’ is more likely to be your ‘lunch’. As everyone from the north knows, people eat ‘breakfast’, ‘dinner’ and ‘tea’. Now that I live in the south though, I […]

Parenting Groundhog Day and Playing Toddler Bingo

I wouldn’t say that being a parent is boring per se, but there’s a definite lack of thrill-seeking action. On a daily basis, i’d suggest that it’s more Groundhog Day than Independence Day. Much like Bill Murray’s character, it sometimes feels like I’m caught in a time-loop where I’m forced to repeat the same monotonous toddler-related […]

Review: SmartGames Preschool Puzzle Games – Bunny Boo & Little Red Riding Hood

As Toddler L gets older, we’re noticing a change in what she plays with and how she plays. Over the last few months, there’s been a definite tendency towards (1) imaginative play, (2) creative / craft stuff and (3) solving problems. So, for example, she’s using her imagination to cook in her kitchen or play doctors, […]

Staying Active With The Toddler During Winter

Apart from Christmas, winter is a bleak time in the UK. It’s cold, it’s wet, it’s windy and generally pretty unappealing – what do you mean I couldn’t get a job with Visit Britain?! Due to the harsh conditions outside, it’s easy to take cover and stay inside. When it’s barely above freezing out there, making […]

Marketing For Dads: “Give Mum Some Time Off”

I haven’t had a rant in a while, so I thought it was about time to buck that trend. Today, I’m going to talk about marketing to dads, with an example from my local Children’s Centre. The target of my annoyance is a particular poster seen on Facebook promoting a weekend playgroup for dads (or other male […]

Competitive Parents And The Inaugural Parenting Olympic Games

In case you haven’t realised, parents can be pretty bloody competitive. Below are just some of the ridiculous things that may – or may not – have been said by competitive mums and dads. “Oooh, I’m better than you because I breast fed.” “I see your baby is still crawling – mine had a degree at that […]