10th August 2017
Big Shop with Little Helpers

As a seasoned stay-at-home dad I should know better than to do a big shop with little helpers.

I guess it's like my relationship with KFC; every few years I just need reminding of why it's best avoided.

The warning signs were all there. Their eagerness to help for a start, that's not normal.

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8th September 2016
Confessions of a House Husband

Not those kind of confessions, get your mind out of the gutter.

If you were expecting this to begin with a rugged plumber knocking at the door I can only apologise. The most excitement you'd get from me in that scenario is if he didn't condemn our boiler for another year.

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31st January 2012
Bruised Ribs & Ego

Sometimes Sonny and Luca give me a look as if to say  'who's the grown-up here?'

Without their disapproving stares I found myself in Asda, at the top of a long straight ramp, with no-one around and a trolley that was asking to be ridden on ...

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3rd August 2012
Making Play-doh

I thought I'd found a healthy balance over how much time the boys were spending in front of the TV; that was until Sonny's latest birthday wish-list included Nelli Kelli shoes, Fabreze, Bratz, and Calgon.

Another favourite advert is for Play-doh, so after much nagging we decided we'd make our own.

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29th February 2012
Blue Planet

barry the big bad fishI've never known Sonny and Luca to be so excited; at least not since the recent snow which they assumed meant Santa was on his way back.

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30th August 2016
Altomincio Family Park with Canvas Holidays

altomincio-poolOur trip with Canvas Holidays to Altomincio Family Park near Lake Garda was to be a holiday of firsts. First time on a plane; first time abroad; our first proper holiday as a family.

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30th September 2012
Weekend in Tarn

tarn outdoor sports centre

tarnEvery few years we have a weekend away with our extended family of Bryce/Mackies. The Mackies head South of the border, and we drive North until we meet half-way; in a beautifully converted barn in the Lake District.

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14th November 2014
Feminist dad

When I first became a stay-at-home dad I always intended to write a retrospective post about my experiences. Of how I entered a traditionally mothers environment as the 'minority dad' and came out the other side.

In my head I already knew what I was going to write. How facilities aren't geared towards dads.

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16th November 2016
Reflections on 2016

It may seem a little premature to be writing a review of 2016, but I'm not sure what my internet signal will be like if I need to bunker down with a four-year supply of tinned sardines and a wind-up torch. If Vodafone's coverage in my kitchen is anything to go by, it's not looking good.

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14th April 2013
LEGO City Undercover - Wii U

Lego City Undercover Wii UFor Christmas I gave Sonny my old Nintendo DS. He'd played with his cousins before and had somehow convinced me it could be educational, helping with his alphabet, namely A, B, X, and Y.

He loved it. A little too much.

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