Category Archives: Parenting

Lost But Never Forgotten (Baby Loss Awareness Week)

This week is Baby Loss Awareness Week. Started in the UK in 2002 as Baby Loss Awareness Day, it’s aim was to raise money for UK organisations supporting bereaved parents. The following year it expanded to a week and had events across the UK. Since then it has gone from strength to strength and today is a collaboration between more… Read more »

Back To School Time (Get The Blue Nun Out)

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All Ready for my Bog Wash.

So it’s been about a week since the schools went back. This means various emotions have been felt by parents everywhere. These have ranged from pure unadulterated joy and relief to guilt and feeling it’s the end of the world. For those that have almost lost the will to live and become numb to life, it’s just another day of… Read more »

The Agony and Ecstasy of Soft Play (Pass the Wine)

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Don't Tell Mango I'm Here.

Soft play, two seemingly innocuous, innocent and unrelated words. For anyone without children they mean absolutely nothing. For anyone with children however, it’s very different. Just stroll up casually to a parent and whisper the words in their ear. Now stand back and watch their reaction. They might start crying, sweating profusely, shaking uncontrollably or even break down shouting, “No,… Read more »

Happy Holidays (Free Fidget Spinners And A Brush With Death)

At This Rate I'll Win A House By Wednesday.

We’ve just returned from Norfolk where we had our first Honey holiday. Taking a dog with you means that some things will be very different but a lot remains the same. As we normally do, we came back with happy memories, beer stained clothes caused by clumsy hands and spilt drinks, 23 random stones and shells the girls want to… Read more »

The Struggles of Being Daddy

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May The Face Pulling Days Never Stop

Ok, I’m going to put this out there and make a confession, at times I really struggle being a dad. Right now is a particularly difficult time and I’ll explain why shortly. To fully understand my feelings around this would probably take years of therapy so instead I’ll share my deepest feelings and fears with you now. Hopefully it will… Read more »

Festival Fun and Frolics (Where’s Kylie Minogue?)

Just look into the camera children, don't stare at drunk mummy.

Friday was the first day of the inaugural Meraki Festival. Three days of music, massages, cinema, beaches and an enchanted forest, what’s not to love? It’s all happening in Redbourn, Herts and as soon as I read Belinda Carlisle was playing I knew I was booking. I was and still am a bit of a fan. The full Friday night… Read more »

The Good and the Bad Part 2 (It’s A Slime Jamboree)

Team Ellie Smashes Pretty Mudder

So in my last post I confessed past sins from my youth involving being selfish and thoughtless. I know, who would have thought I’d be like that? With this in mind there was a possibility that my girls would end up the same. Happily, I can say that hasn’t been the case and I’m proud to say they’re (mostly) thoughtful… Read more »

Family Festival Fun (Dancing Like It’s 1986).

The Song That Ruled My World, Until I Discovered Kate.

Last weekend was the M Festival, a one day music and family extravaganza held at Marlborough School in St Albans. Few things can make me happy, sad and reflective at the same time but this did. Have a seat and I’ll explain how. When I was a teenager my parents definitely weren’t into current pop music. They had their LP… Read more »

From Toddler to Teenager Part One (A Tale of Pizza, Projectile Vomiting and Josie Jump).

Cup of water in the face, funniest thing in the world.

Last week Jade, (Little Miss Banana Head One) turned 13 and I’m not quite sure how it happened. It seems like yesterday that she cutely uttered her first word, “Pizza.” Currently her favourite things to say are, “Have you seen my phone,” “You’re so mean”, and “Jamie Dornan is so fit.” It’s terrifying, particularly the last one as it’s confirmation… Read more »