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7 ways to get out of a parenting rut

Father Hood's 7 ways of getting out of a parenting rut

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a parenting rut? That you seem to have run out of new things to do with your baby or toddler? That you’re bored of the old favourites, but keep going because, well, what else is there to do?

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Toilet training at night – what’s the plan?

Toilet training at night? That’s an easy one. You just whip your toddler’s nappy off, tell them that they need to get up if they feel the need to pee, and then go to sleep safe in the knowledge that absolutely none of your sheets, pillows, duvets or mattresses are going to get ruined in the next 6-10 hours. In case you can’t tell, I am being sarcastic. And here’s why…

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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. Read more

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 ยฃ70 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 ยฃ350 per week per child – and that’s before you even think about any income they’ve lost through having to take time off work. Read more