How To Interrogate Your Kids

How To Interrogate Your Kids About Their Day (And Get An Answer)

Fed up of being stonewalled by your children when you ask what they did at school? One dad used TV cop tactics to figure out how to interrogate your kids. Here’s a conversation that will sound familiar to many parents – the daily torture of trying to elicit information from a child about their day. “How […]

Is my child a fussy eater

Is My Child A Fussy Eater Or A Discerning Diner?

Just because a kid knows their own tastes, it doesn’t necessarily make them “fussy”, writes Rich Hathway. Is my child a fussy eater? It’s one of those catchall terms that is trotted out whenever a child turns their nose up at some type of food or another. I’ve used the term myself to describe my […]

difficult labour

Our Miracle Baby: What It’s Like Going Through A Difficult Labour, From A Dad’s Perspective

Waiting, worry, and Angry Birds. One dad explains the realities of sitting on the sidelines during his partner’s difficult labour. When my partner told me she was pregnant, it was one of the best days of my life. We had been waiting for IVF because of problems conceiving, so a natural pregnancy was like a […]

talking to your child like an adult

Why Talking To Your Child Like An Adult Is A Good Thing

Worried you’re blinding your kids for science? Don’t be.  Getting technical with “dad speak” and talking to your child like an adult is good for their development. Do you get frowned at for talking to your child like they’re an adult? Do you get that pity-ridden shake of the head from people who think you […]

I Was A Scrooge – Until I Became A Dad On Christmas Day

It didn’t take three ghosts to change Richard Hathway’s miserly ways at Christmas – it took becoming a parent. Christmas. Has any word in human history conjured up such joy for kids and terror for parents at the same time? There’s the list for Santa that you have to begin in mid-October. But then if […]

How Cooking With My Son Makes Me A Competitive Dad

I do all the cooking at home. I enjoy cooking, I find it relaxing. I get a deep sense of satisfaction from producing a great tasting dish and seeing people enjoy it. I enjoy cooking so much I worked in a pub kitchen for a while. I’m pretty good at it too. We men are […]

Domestic dad

Being A Domestic Dad – A Very Manly Endeavour

Why being a domestic dad is bloody hard work – and a matter of serious manly pride. Every morning before my son leaves for school he pleads to stay with me and have fun. I tell him that I’ve got boring daddy jobs to do, so it wouldn’t be any fun, and send him off […]

Fixing Stuff

Why Fixing Stuff Is One Of Life’s Great Pleasures

Ignore all the tutting, getting handy and fixing stuff is a dad’s prerogative. Are there things that as a dad you always moan about, but secretly enjoy? For me it’s fixing stuff. I’ve been a dad for nearly six years now so I’m constantly on the fix. When you’re bombarded with parental advice before your […]

Father-Son Bonding

Why Halloween Means Father-Son Bonding Time With My Little Monster

We all want those brilliant father-son bonding moments – perfect times when we indulge in a shared activity that soon blossoms into a lifelong passion. I’ve tried to get my son interested in Formula 1 – or any motorsport for that matter – but he’s not having it. I’ve tried to show him that my […]

The Joy Of Your Child Being Sick (Well, Just A Little Bit)

Lazing around. Star Wars marathons. Biscuits. Extra sleep in the morning. Your child being sick for a few days isn’t all bad news, explains Rich Hathway. When my son came home from school last Friday he had such a croaky voice I thought he’d been possessed. He said he was fine, so I told my […]