Tag: parenting

5 slightly creepy things all parents do

Inspiration can strike at bizarre times. Like when you are sniffing your child’s backside at the side of a swimming pool in Ibiza on a sunny Friday afternoon, for example. There I was doing our standard 3pm poo check, when it hit me: as a parent, you end up doing loads of things that are actually pretty creepy when you sit down and think about it. Continue reading “5 slightly creepy things all parents do”

Dear Father Hood: how do you cure a fussy eater?

Food, glorious food. Except when you’re a toddler. I mean, seriously – is there anything more frustrating than having a kid who just won’t eat fruit or veg? Stop scratching your head. The answer is no, which is why I signed up for the Toddler Food MOT workshop at The Dadsnet’s recent DadCon. Continue reading “Dear Father Hood: how do you cure a fussy eater?”

5 things I learned at my first baby rave

Rhythm is a dancer. It’s a source of passion. You can find it anywhere. Or you could in your late teens and early 20s, anyway. Now you’re a parent hunting down somewhere to show off your best moves is a little more challenging. It is not impossible, however. And I know this because my wife and I recently took the bubster to our first baby rave. Continue reading “5 things I learned at my first baby rave”

Dear Father Hood: do you think like a parent?

Wow, what a deep, interesting and multi-layered question. I mean, is there one way that all parents supposed to think? And if there is, is this parenting mentality absolute, or can it be tweaked depending on your circumstances? Continue reading “Dear Father Hood: do you think like a parent?”

Dear Father Hood: how do you stop a toddler falling off the bed?

Three times last night, four the night before. No, I’m not boasting about my sexual prowess, I’m talking about the amount of times my wife and I had to deal with our toddler falling off his new “big boy” bed (read: cot with one side taken off).

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6 things I learned at DadCon

Pa Patrol assemble! Last Saturday, in the heart of London, The Dadsnet held its fourth DadCon. It was an action-packed day featuring 100 dads, expert-led workshops, a stand-up gig, four freaky looking mannequins and some beer tasting. Continue reading “6 things I learned at DadCon”

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?”

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”