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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Is It Harder Parenting A 5-Year-Old Or Baby?

After a stressful incident in a toy shop, we were sat in Costa trying to regain some composure. I snapped at my kid for the fifteenth time, when he spilt his drink and wiped caramel shortbread all over his trousers. As I averted my weary gaze from the crumby apocalypse I saw a young couple […]

How Will I React If My Son Parties Like I Did?

I had a meeting in town the other day and I walked past a club I used to go to in the Nineties. The memories flooded back, great times with mates getting drunk, dancing, trying to meet girls. It was Nineties and we were young, so yes, we took drugs. I’m not condoning it but […]

Why I Don’t Need Unsolicited Parenting Advice From Strangers

There’s no apprenticeship in parenting, no parent advice degree you can study for, no relevant previous experience, no transferable skills. The only thing that makes you a better, more competent parent is being a parent. You go in like a fresh-faced Charlie Sheen in Platoon and emerge on the other side like, well, Charlie Sheen […]

How I Learned To Love Camping Like A Dad

Now that my son is five, our holidays are dictated by the school holidays. The freedom we had between Ollie being born and starting school – to take off whenever we wanted, to find a cottage somewhere at a very reasonable price – has disappeared. And like a lover we took for granted, we are […]

Glory Days: The Joys Of Reliving The Past Over A Pint

I’m meeting a mate for a few beers tonight. I know that’s not earth-shattering news to most people but dads will know the importance of such a statement. I get an evening off. No teeth brushing tussle, no bed time routine, no creeping around the flat trying to silently cobble together an evening meal so […]