4 reasons dads don’t talk about mental health

Today is International Fathers’ Mental Health Day, and to mark this important occasion esteemed academics, clinicians and dads’ mental health activists are sharing posts, videos, blogs, articles and semi-naked photographs in a Continue reading “4 reasons dads don’t talk about mental health”

Pa Patrol – a celebratory song for Father’s Day and every day

With just three days to go until the day of the dad, the internet is packed with Father’s Day gift guides, Father’s Day think pieces and Father’s Day ‘how to craft a last-minute card out of a cereal box in case of emergency at 8am on Sunday morning’ articles. I, however, have decided to do something different. Continue reading “Pa Patrol – a celebratory song for Father’s Day and every day”

Are grandparents the new parents?

In an ideal world, my wife and I would quit our jobs and spend as much time as we could with our kid. In the real world, we’ve got bills to pay. This means we need to work. This means we need to outsource a significant proportion of our son’s childcare. And this means he spends around two-and-a-half days of every week with his grandparents. Continue reading “Are grandparents the new parents?”

Should parents have to pay nursery fees when their kid is too sick to go?

There are many downsides to having a sick kid, but one that people rarely discuss is the fact you have to pay nursery fees even when your little one is too ill to go. This might not seem like a big deal to non-parents, but given a lot of nurseries now charge in excess of £70 per day, a nasty bout of chicken pox or hand, foot and mouth can cost parents whose children are under the age of three over £350 per week per child – and that’s before you even think about any income they’ve lost through having to take time off work. Continue reading “Should parents have to pay nursery fees when their kid is too sick to go?”

5 reasons parents love talking about not getting enough sleep

Due to a combination of my toddler skipping his afternoon nap, waking through the night, co-sleeping between the hours of 2am and 4am and getting up ridiculously early, I’m knackered. Pooped. Shattered. Worn out. Negatively, this has somewhat reduced my productivity. Positively, it has enabled me to spend the whole day talking about not getting enough sleep. Continue reading “5 reasons parents love talking about not getting enough sleep”

The 5 best things to do with your toddler at the beach

Question: what’s pale, ginger and covered in sunburn that’s so bad it’s going to turn into heinous, puss-filled blisters? Answer: a 12-year-old me after spending a day on the beach baking under the sun while on a family holiday in southern Scotland. Yes, this is a true story. And yes, it does say southern Scotland. I really do burn that easily. But if you think this sensitive skin is Continue reading “The 5 best things to do with your toddler at the beach”