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 […]