Tag: 12-18 months

Can you tell me everything I need to know about brushing a kid’s teeth?

Personally, I can tell you diddly squat about brushing a kid’s teeth. Happily, however, I know man who can tell you everything you need to know plus a little bit more. His name is Dr Mark Hughes. He is an award-winning dental surgeon. He is the founder and lead clinician at Harley Street Dental Studio. And when I met him at Continue reading “Can you tell me everything I need to know about brushing a kid’s teeth?”

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When is my kid going to start walking?

First thing’s first. The age your baby is when he or she starts walking is not a competition, so there’s absolutely no need to worry if they seem slightly slow to get off the mark. Although, that said, my son began staggering around the house at 10 months, so if your little one has passed that landmark, then Continue reading “When is my kid going to start walking?”

Is it okay to lie to your children?

Ooh, I like this question. It’s relevant to all parents. It’s potentially controversial. And, best of all, there is a really obvious answer. Which is: lying to your children is 100%, completely and utterly, not okay. Job done. Question answered. Case closed. Post published. Pulitzer almost definitely in the post. Continue reading “Is it okay to lie to your children?”

11 hilarious baby conversations immortalised as text messages

Kids say the funniest things. Like “lellow” instead of yellow. “Footsie” instead of foot. “Helilopler” instead of helicopter. And “cheese” instead of Continue reading “11 hilarious baby conversations immortalised as text messages”

Dear Father Hood: family holidays – is going all-inclusive worth the extra cash?

Great questions deserve great answers. And as my family unit’s self-appointed Holiday Booker-In-Chief, I feel perfectly positioned to give this top quality query the thought-provoking and insightful response it warrants. Which is… Continue reading “Dear Father Hood: family holidays – is going all-inclusive worth the extra cash?”

Dear Father Hood: what should we put in our baby bag?

Remember the pre-baby world when leaving the house was easy? I do. And I recall that it involved picking up my keys, opening the door and walking out with a smile on my face. Fast-forward two-and-a-bit years and getting over the doorstep is a military operation featuring numerous shoe changes, a couple of tantrums and much discussion about who has packed what in the baby bag. Continue reading “Dear Father Hood: what should we put in our baby bag?”

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?”

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”

If babies could text Vol VII: mummy’s shoulder

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I used to think I was a big fan with my wife’s shoulders. Then my son came along and raised the stakes. To say, he’s obsessed by this body part is an understatement. It’s a borderline addiction.

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Dear Father Hood: got any tips for surviving rainy days?

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Ah yes, rainy days. Enemy of mums and dads worldwide. If it’s hot and dry, we can take off a few layers and go outside. If it’s cold and dry, we can add on a few layers and go outside. But rainy days are a different story. They are wet. And wet leaves parents with two options: Continue reading “Dear Father Hood: got any tips for surviving rainy days?”