Tag: Advice

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”

A blow-by-blow account of my toddler’s first bike ride

Wowsers, what a bank holiday that was. We had sun, we had Monday off, we went to the beach, we wore sunglasses, we got invited to a barbecue, we managed two 270-mile car journeys without a single toddler temper tantrum and, to top it all off, we took our little man for his first big bike ride. Continue reading “A blow-by-blow account of my toddler’s first bike ride”

Dear Father Hood: is baking with a two-year-old a good idea?

Rain can do strange things to a parent. Take this afternoon, for example. Originally, I’d planned to take the bubster on the choo-choo train to London. But when the puddles became mini-lakes and the persistent drizzle reached its sixth hour, I decided it Continue reading “Dear Father Hood: is baking with a two-year-old a good idea?”

The pros and cons of quitting your job and becoming a freelance parent

 

Friends, Romans, countrymen, if you’re reading this article, then you have probably been there. And by “there”, I mean sitting at your desk, looking out of the window (or at the wall, if your office doesn’t have any windows) and thinking, ‘Stuff this, I’ve had enough. It’s time to hand in my notice, go freelance, spend more time with my family and generally live the dream.’

But is quitting your job and becoming a freelance parent really the land of milk and honey that mums and dads with a boss they hate/commute from hell/brilliant idea for a company/desire to work from home/dream of retiring before the age of 134 think it is? Continue reading “The pros and cons of quitting your job and becoming a freelance parent”

Are you ever worried that you’re doing it wrong?

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Yes, I am. I mean, there’s all the SEO stuff to think about. And then I wonder if I am using the right Twitter hashtags. And then I worry about whether I should be doing more memes or GIFs. And then… wait, you want me to talk about parenting mistakes rather than blogging errors, don’t you? Continue reading “Are you ever worried that you’re doing it wrong?”

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”

What makes a nursery good or bad?

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Do I look like I work for the nursery inspection section of Ofsted? No, I don’t, but I guess that’s why you’re reading this post. After all, there is only so much detail you can digest before your mouth beings to trot out platitudes like: Continue reading “What makes a nursery good or bad?”

Baby teething part II: this time it’s vocal

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Baby teething! Arrggggghhhhhhhh! Just when my wife and I thought it was safe to boast about a guaranteed six hours of sleep per night, my son’s gnashers have begun teething again. It’s an exasperating situation that’s left him both gagging on Calpol and refusing to accept Calpol. So, every six hours, we’re Continue reading “Baby teething part II: this time it’s vocal”

Flying with children: what’s the best time of day to take off?

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There isn’t one. Next question. Sorry, I’m in a grump because three of my most recent flights with my son have been about as enjoyable as a long weekend with the Norovirus. Continue reading “Flying with children: what’s the best time of day to take off?”