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Fatherhood: Review – Lego Star Wars ‘Tie Striker’ Rogue One Set

October 10, 2016 at 8:33 pm

91zsjdbz4l-_sl1500_1Today is an exciting day. It might not seem like much to you, but today I have fulfilled a dream which I have been working towards for nearly five years – ever since I started this very blog, in fact.

Yes, today (well, very recently anyway) I was asked to review a new Lego set.

Sure, it might not seem like much to some of my fellow bloggers, many of whom get to do this all the time. But in the five plus years I have been blogging, with every single review I’ve written, I’ve secretly been

Fatherhood: Coming Around to the Cub Scouts

October 4, 2016 at 8:43 pm

img_3505A little over a year ago, Robert (then 7) finally got a place at our local ‘Beavers’ colony. For those of you who I’ve already lost, Beavers are the early-years faction of the Cub Scouts, designed for children between 6 and 8 as a precursor to the more well-known Cubs.

Short of a couple of vague mentions, I’ve avoided mentioning much about it on my blog – despite having some strong feelings toward the Cub Scouts system. Mainly because my feelings at that point weren’t necessarily all that positive.

Fatherhood: Here Come The Girls – 5 (+1) Fantastic Mummy Bloggers to Follow

September 25, 2016 at 9:01 am

mum-bloggersParent blogging is a fast-growing world, with a slew of great new blogs popping up every day – seemingly at a much faster rate than other blogging topics. It’s hardly surprising when our subject matter is something that almost everyone in the world could do, which requires no qualifications and which there are a million different opinions on.

Fatherhood: A Day out on the Thames in London

August 29, 2016 at 2:55 pm

IMG_2695With the chaos of 2016 showing no signs of calming down, and a new house to save for, we opted for another ‘staycation’ this year.

With Sara and the boys off for their usual 6 week school holiday, I was lucky enough to be able to take a week away from the office and spend some quality time with them at home.

Fatherhood: Top Home Moving FAILS we all Recognise

August 9, 2016 at 7:50 pm

DSCF5223We all know that moving house can be a tricky business. Along with getting married and having a child, it’s one of the most stressful things you can do in life – so it usually ends up in at least a couple of fails. Whether it’s an arduous house search, a nightmare moving day or (like one of my work colleagues) you’re being held hostage by one link in ‘the chain’, there are countless ways that things can go wrong.

Fatherhood: Talking Food with Jamie Oliver and HuffPo

July 15, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Oliver-51Today I had the privilege of being invited to take part in a really interesting event at the offices of the Huffington Post in London. Myself and a selection of other, much more prolific parenting bloggers (and a few others to boot) were asked to take part in a debate with TV Chef and all-round nice guy Jamie Oliver – an opportunity that I’d have to be a right idiot to turn down. Naturally, I jumped at the chance.

As luck would have it, the HuffPo offices are only a couple of underground stops away

Fatherhood: Review – Goodyear Making a Generation of Safer Drivers with VR

June 21, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Goodyear Driving Academy (1)Now as you will probably have figured out by now, neither of my children are driving age yet – something I’m certainly thankful of, given their general craziness! But when they do get a little bit older and start wanting to learn to drive, you can bet your bottom dollar I’ll be a nervous wreck.

Everybody knows that teenagers are some of the most at-risk drivers on the road – partly at risk of their own driving, but also from other young drivers on the road. A combination of their inexperience and their young, care-free age is the double-whammy that adds up to this high-risk status – neither of which are their fault, of course.

Fatherhood: Labour Room Advice for Dads

June 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

P1000284One of the strange quirks of parent blogging is the way your focus changes as your children grow and develop. Where I initially started blogging with a newborn, I’m now the father to 4 and 7 year olds, so the stuff I’m going through (and which I naturally focus on while blogging) is very different to what it used to be.

That’s not to say that I haven’t had experiences which aren’t still valid for a new father today – indeed, looking back on some of my earlier experiences as a dad is something I should do more of. After all, I was mostly too tired to write about most of them while I was living through it all!

Fatherhood: 5 Lessons I’ve learnt by Living Lagom

May 22, 2016 at 7:26 pm

IMG_1186Over the past few months, I’ve been working on a project with the friendly people from Ikea – Live Lagom.

If you want some background on what I’ve been up to, you can read my first two posts (Living Lagom in 2016 with IKEA and Live Lagom – the Story so Far) but as the project is now coming to a close, I thought I’d highlight some of the lessons I’ve learned so far…

Fatherhood: First Day Nerves – Parental Empathy

May 9, 2016 at 7:03 am

Me, as a school boy

Me, as a school boy

There are many moments in life where I empathise with my children, but very few of them hits as hard as today. On this beautiful spring Monday morning I find myself realising exactly how my children have felt on a number of occasions recently.

Today, I start a new job. Whilst this may be a regular occurrence for some, I worked at my last company for over a decade, so this isn’t something I’ve done for a while. Needless to say, I’m feeling more than a little anxious right now.