Outdoors nurseries

I’m All For Outdoors Nurseries – If They Mean I Never Have To Go To The Playground Again

A survey last week found that parents are overwhelmingly in favour of sending their children to outdoors nurseries. The survey, conducted by Canopies UK, revelaed that 70% of parents asked would either consider sending their child to outdoors nurseries, or already do so. This comes following the news that Jamie Oliver is back on the […]

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 […]

kids birthday presents

Why Buying Other Kids Birthday Presents Brings Out The Worst Dad In Me

Is buying other kids birthday presents an act of kindness? Or just about competitive parenting and showing off? It’s a tricky business, buying other people’s kids birthday presents – a political minefield of social etiquette and shameless ego-stroking. It dawned on me this week, as I found myself in WH Smith, arms crammed with £30 […]

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 […]

The First Time I Told My Daughter ‘You’re Not Wearing That’

Most dads are fully aware that the day will come when they have to tell their daughter: “You’re not wearing that.” Usually this will be in reference to an item of clothing that’s too revealing even for a beach, let alone a night out. You will reach a compromise and she will change into a […]

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 Having No Sleep Routine Is Tiring – But Means Quality Dad And Toddler Time

Something you don’t appreciate about parenthood until you’ve got kids is the crippling tiredness. In my early twenties I could survive on four hours sleep a night at a push, if there were special circumstances like going to a gig, or suddenly deciding that an entire season of Curb Your Enthusiasm or Arrested Development 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 […]

Cool 1980s Lunch Boxes & The Best To Buy Your Kids Now

When I was a kid – which, granted, was way back in the 1980s – the lunch box was my biggest enemy. No matter what my dear old mum put in there as a treat for me during my long day at school, it would almost always end up in the bin. The sheer repetitiveness […]

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 […]