Friends

Mark Parenting, Popular 13 Comments

For the purposes of this post, all kids names are fictional. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental, albeit blindingly obvious to those who know them so I should probably stop right now, but …

I have a confession to make.

I’m already judging Sonny and Luca’s friends at school. Worse still, I’m judging their parents too.… read the full post.

Fifty Shades of Green

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first day at schoolIt never ceases to amaze me how much Sonny has learnt in just four months at school.

Take into account all the daddy facts that needed correcting first and it’s nothing short of a miracle.

He’s learnt how to read. In four months!

Which begs the question; what on earth was he doing for the previous two years?

I’d be asking questions of his stay at home dad were it not me.… read the full post.

First Day

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So there I was, knelt in the middle of the playground, sacrificing a goat to the God of sanity.

There were tears. Some poignant, others with relief.

The air thick with disinfected corridors and industrial strength perfume.

The paparazzi circled, each clambering for that money shot of their future child star.

There was chatter. Lots of chatter.

“They look so young”,

“It only seems like yesterday”

“Courtney, get your finger out of your nose!”

Parents releasing their grip with reluctance, encouragement, reassurance, and an occasional elbow in the back (yep, I saw you!)

Then silence … briefly … broken only by the sound of a disheveled Tyler being dragged across the playground by the hood of his coat.… read the full post.