Why do I sound like my father

Why Do I Sound Like My Father When I Talk To My Son?

When I’m tired and my kid is trying his best to set a world record for consecutive uses of the question “Why?” I find myself claiming in exasperation “Because I said so!” The words ring in my head, not in my voice but my dad’s. I remember that response all too well from childhood. I […]

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Formula 1 Season 2018: The 5 Biggest Talking Points

Revved up and ready to go for the new Formula 1 season? Rich Hathway explains everything you need to know ahead of this year’s action. The first race of the new Formula 1 season takes place in Melbourne, Australia in late March but the work at the factory rarely stops. You only need to look […]

Why Childhood Fears Can Be A Good Thing

My six-year old has developed a fear of the dark. It’s natural, I know, and so we are doing what he needs to help him through it. He has six – yes, six – night lights in his bedroom and we don’t belittle his fear. We all had childhood fears, some of us have adult ones too, […]

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When Should We Let Go Of Being Protective Parents?

Why being protective parents could be more about our own anxieties than ours kids’, writes Rich Hathway. Seeing our children grow up is a wonderful thing. We meet our children in the first seconds of their lives and they are at once both perfect and completely helpless. As they grow so do we, every new […]

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Essential Advice For Dads-To-Be

A friend of mine has just found out he’s going to be a dad for the first time. This is tremendous news, not least because it’ll finally wipe that smug, well-rested look off his face and he will have to eat his words about how having kids doesn’t need to change anything. Yeah, we’ve all […]

How My Kid Describes His Morning Vs How It Really Happens

I sat down with my son this weekend to do his homework. I don’t really agree with a five-year-old having homework and he didn’t want to do it, so I wasn’t expecting it to be much fun. I put the spellings aside to be done later and we concentrated on the main task. He had […]

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I Asked My Son The Big Superhero Questions – His Answers Were Hilariously Bad

Which superhero is best? Who’s the toughest? What’s the best superpower? Truly questions for the ages – and ones that parents and kids could debate for hours. Hundreds of millions have been spent on Marvel and DC movies. So where once their comic book characters were niche and nerdy, they are now mainstream and major […]

Why It’s Better Being An Older Dad

My son was born when I was 38. I’m what could be generously referred to as an older dad. Or “a dinosaur”, as my son calls me. It’s true that I’m older than his friends’ dads. I have less hair, a more errant stomach, and I give an involuntary puff of the cheeks as I […]

The Problem With Trying To Be The ‘Perfect’ Dad

It’s not easy being a perfect parent but good enough is OK, writes Rich Hathway. I’ll be honest, the thought of spending a day at a family visitor attraction is not top of my wish list. Sure, it’s great for the kid, but it’s a deeply stressful thing for me. Firstly, there’s no way of […]

Always Read The Label

Dad-vice: Don’t Be A Donkey, Always Read The Label

An unexpected gift helped one learn one of the first rules of fatherhood: always read the label. I have a knackered old out building at the back of my property. The doors are broken and the roof leaks and it’s just a dumping ground for unfinished garden projects and things I need to take to […]