Fatherhood²: Gassing on about Energy Saving

January 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm

This is a sponsored post on behalf of British Gas

I was recently contacted by British Gas asking if I’d like help spread the message about smart meters via my blog – slightly different to the usual feedback I get from my blog, I must admit. But one that certainly intrigued me. As a big fan of British Gas (provided you ask me before my bill arrives, ha ha) and an even bigger fan of energy saving, I was more than happy to help out.

Fatherhood²: 5 Top Tips For Getting Professional Baby Photos Done

November 7, 2011 at 9:37 pm

As I’ve mentioned in a couple of my previous posts, in the past 3 years we’ve had a number of family photo sessions done with professional photographers. When Robert was born, my brother bought us 3 sessions at a photography studio, which we chose to use over 3 years at roughly the same time each year. Now that we have Frederic too, we thought it might seem a little unfair if we ditched the idea, so we had a fourth shoot last month with a different studio.

Having been to four shoots now, we’ve amassed a few tips that I thought I’d share with those of you that are thinking of doing the same. I’ve also included a few examples of the shots we’ve had done, so you can see the results…

Fatherhood²: Routine – The Joys and the Sorrows

October 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm

I don’t profess to be anywhere near an expert in parenting – in fact, I’d go as far as to say that in a lot of respects I’m nothing more than an amateur. But what I DO know is what has worked (and not worked) for my children. Routine is one thing that has made our lives a LOT easier – and occasionally a little trickier…

The Joy of Routine

As a parent, routine is your friend. Routine can make your life a lot easier. Little children LOVE routine – they gobble it up, and it gives structure and sense to their chaotic little lives.

Take bedtime for instance. Before I became a parent, I would regularly scoff when I heard about parents who would stick laboriously to routines for their children. “Look at them, missing out on a beer because they HAVE to give little Timmy a bath at a certain time – what FOOLS!” I would say. But now that I’m a father of two, I recognise how foolish I was. Having a bedtime routine is joyous.

Fatherhood²: Want to Hear From Other Dads? Be My Guest!

October 15, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I’ve been “daddy blogging” for almost 10 months now, and am slowly finding my feet. I’ve got some lovely regular readers as well as some lovely guest posters – some of whom don’t get half as much praise as they deserve. So I wanted to go some way to correcting that here, by highlighting some of the great posts that people have contributed so far.

I also wanted to make an appeal for more guest posters – and I have a bit of an incentive for you, to make that more appealing! But before I get on to that, here are some of the lovely guest posters that have featured on the blog so far:

Fatherhood²: Which is Smarter – A 3 year-old or Some Pigeons? [VIDEO]

October 9, 2011 at 5:50 pm

A short video which amused me quite a bit, taken this weekend when we went to feed the ducks on the Thames…

Fatherhood²: Thousands of Parenting Fails [Pictures]

October 5, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Every so often, I (as I’m sure you do too) get sent a link to a list of funny “Parenting Fail” pictures – or occasionally, an email with a stream of them in.

Rather than making my own pseudo-list though, I thought I’d just point you towards some of the best lists I’ve seen so far – though I will include one example picture from each, just to tempt you in….

So, without further ado, here are some of my favourite “Parent #FAIL” photo lists, for you to enjoy:

Fatherhood²: Guest Post – My Mother Superiority Complex, or How I Learned to Let Go and Let Dad

September 11, 2011 at 8:06 pm

“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”
— Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest)

In October 2004, when our son Evan was 9 months old, we packed our things, and moved out of the small university town my husband Andrew and I called home for over a decade. We headed to Dublin for a year so Andrew could finish his PhD. research. While I knew this was a valuable scholarly opportunity for Andrew—he would have access to archives, libraries, and people he could never meet living in our town— I was extremely nervous about what would happen to me, a new mom, living in an unfamiliar country, in a city with more than quadruple the population of the one we’d left. I was unable to work legally, and chose not to undertake a formal course of study since I already had my MA. It was therefore decided that I would stay home to raise our son. Our extremely meager living stipend didn’t stretch far in Dublin, which meant that our days out consisted of free museums, walks in the park and around the city, and the occasional trip to the coffee shop.

Fatherhood²: How Tricky is it Taking a 5-week-old Baby on Holiday?

August 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Having just returned from a week’s holiday with our family, I thought I’d share a few my thoughts on travelling with a very small baby. I’m by no-means the expert, but having been told that we were mad for even thinking of taking such a young child (just 5 weeks old on the day we left) away, I was quite pleased that things turned out fine. So if only to provide some reassurance to other parents who are wondering whether or not to holiday with their baby yet, here’s my view:

Having travelled on many flights which included babies, I’m pretty sure I’m still not comfortable with taking a baby on an aircraft, unless you strictly have to. Not only is their screaming a little bit annoying for the other passengers, but I can’t imagine the pressures that air travel puts on your body can be very good for a tiny baby.

Fatherhood²: Hi-ho, Hi-ho, it’s Back to Work I Go…

July 24, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Just a little over 3 weeks after little Frederic was born, today marks the last day of my paternity leave – a realisation which has made me rather sad this weekend. As I’ve said in past posts during these few weeks, I really appreciate the paternity leave we in the UK get – and especially how accommodating my own employers have been. But it’s going to be a bit of a shock to the system getting up for work tomorrow…

It won’t be a the early morning that’s tough – though a poor night’s sleep tonight make me a bit more bleary-eyed I imagine. It won’t be the working either – aside from the fact that my iPhone has allowed me to stay in touch with the office and my emails during my time off, I enjoy my job immensely so it won’t be hard to jump back into. The hard part will be being away from Freddie (and Robert) for most of the day.

Fatherhood²: Five Days in, is it Double Trouble?

July 6, 2011 at 7:22 pm

Before little Frederic was born on Friday, I’d speculated on a few occasions that having a second child couldn’t possibly be as hard as the first one – something which I’m still just about clinging on to now, five days in to little Freddie’s life.

Some things have definitely been easier, some things just as hard. And of course, having an older brother or sister brings with it a whole new bunch of challenges which I’d not spent much time thinking about. Here’s a few of my observations on fathering a second child, from where I am sat (or more accurately, slumped) on the evening of Freddie’s 5th day…