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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”

My parenting word cloud

Yesterday morning, armed with two hand whisks, most of the ingredients needed to make a sumptuous vanilla cake and an iPhone with a cracked screen, my son and I sat down to record the pilot episode of our cutting edge, genre redefining cooking show, “Baking with the Bubster”. Continue reading “My parenting word cloud”

10 things that get my goat

No, your eyes are not deceiving you. After a break of nearly four months, the infamous Father-Hood.co.uk midweek list franchise is indeed back. OMG, how exciting! This must mean that Father Hood has thought of more hilarious listicles to add to his side splitting back catalogue that includes 17 things I do more since becoming a parent, 9 things that make parents scream and 13 things I’ve learned about baby clothes. Continue reading “10 things that get my goat”

Christmas lunch with a toddler: 5 table games that’ll help you get through it

Greetings fellow earthlings. ‘Tis the season to sit around a table ramming ourselves full to the brim with meat, veggies, stuffing, cheese, port, Christmas pudding, trifle, a variety of chocolate and whatever else we can lay our hands on.

In many ways this is exciting, but when you are the guardian of a living, breathing, screaming-fit-throwing 22-month-old it is also wake-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night-in-a-cold-sweat daunting. Just how do parents make it through Christmas lunch with a toddler without raising their blood pressure to dangerous levels or losing the plot completely? Continue reading “Christmas lunch with a toddler: 5 table games that’ll help you get through it”

11 questions parents ask when watching Fireman Sam

When he hears that fire alarm, Sam is always cool and calm. If you’re stuck, give him a shout. He’ll be there to help you out. So move aside make way, for Fireman Sam. ‘Cause he’s gonna save the day, Fireman Sam! Continue reading “11 questions parents ask when watching Fireman Sam”

Father-Hood.co.uk’s Midweek List: 5 instant parental mood boosters

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Kids are brilliant. They are funny. They learn rapidly. They have great personalities. They mispronounce words. They chase pigeons. And they can make your day with a sound or a smile. BUT… there is a flip side. And that flip side is… Continue reading “Father-Hood.co.uk’s Midweek List: 5 instant parental mood boosters”

9 things I learned from taking our 18-month-old on a family holiday

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Guess who’s back? Back from his family holiday in Spain. Father Hood’s back, tell a friend. That’s right, folks. After seven glorious days of sand, sea, strops and sunburn, the Hood clan has jetted home from Tenerife to face the music. And when I say music, I mean Continue reading “9 things I learned from taking our 18-month-old on a family holiday”

Father Hood vs Usain Bolt

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What are you doing this Saturday night? Actually, don’t answer that question. I just used it as an excuse to tell you about my evening. Tonight, after a fun-packed day at the farm (note to past me: an actual farm, rather than a pub called The Farm), we have put the baby to bed and are now settling down to watch Continue reading “Father Hood vs Usain Bolt”