World Book Day: Alternative Costume Ideas For Kids

Don’t let your child be yet another Harry or Hermione! Cast your eye further afield with some of our (hopefully) less obvious suggestions for World Book Day. Thursday March 1 is World Book Day, which in recent years has become the day on which parents up and down the nation cough obscenities and scramble wildly […]

7 Films Rated ’15’ That I’m Happy To Watch With My Kids

Maybe, just maybe, the censors don’t get it right every time. Are these restrictive-rated films okay for youngsters after all, or is our writer just a really irresponsible father…? Regular Age of Dad readers may be aware I’ve had a bit of an ongoing series here regarding the film viewing habits of my family, and […]

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7 ‘PG’ Rated Films (And A ‘U’) I Won’t Let My Kids Watch

PG films? Turns out ‘parental guidance’ doesn’t always mean family-friendly… Not too long ago, I gave a few thoughts on the tricky subject of deciding what entertainment is or is not suitable for your child. As I noted at the time, it isn’t always so simple as just going by the BBFC ratings and assuming […]

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Smyths Toys To Open ‘Big Kids Aisle’ For Adult Play

Dads rejoice – we’re officially allowed to get stuck in at the toy shop. There are no two ways about it: as much as we want our toy purchases to please the kids, us parents want to play with the damn things too. Recent Netflix series The Toys That Made Us hammered home just how […]

Blue Peter Named ‘Best Children’s TV Show Ever’ – But Is It Really?

It may be the longest running kids’ TV show ever, and a national treasure – but was Blue Peter ever really that big a deal for most kids? Children’s BBC show Blue Peter is the best kids’ TV programme of all time. This, at least, is the opinion of a panel of experts at the […]

When Is Your Child Old Enough To Watch Films Rated Higher Than PG?

Some of us movie fans grew up watching horror and violent movies. But should we let our own kids do the same? It’s a scene which will no doubt prove familiar to a great many parents. My wife and I had just got done binge-watching Stranger Things Season Two, and I thought of our eldest […]

10 Things Every Dad Needs To Watch On TV This Christmas

Too impatient to wait until the festive Radio Times? Never mind. We’ve picked out the best Christmas TV for dads. As the legions of premature decorators across the nation have already made abundantly clear, Christmastime is upon us once more. So begins the mad rush to load the kitchen with enough food and drink to […]