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 […]

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A Guide To The Parenting Rampage Technique

Anyone who has worked in a customer service role will no doubt be aware that mirroring is generally a terrible idea. Getting someone to calm down by trying to match their ever increasing volume is not a recipe for success. To be clear though: the parenting Rampage Technique is not mirroring, it’s escalating. The Rampage […]

12 Hilarious Tweets About John Lewis Selling Gender Neutral Kids’ Clothes

So John Lewis is scrapping gender specific labels from its own brand kids’ clothes – which will now be just be “Boys & Girls” or “Girls & Boys”. The department store has even had the audacity to start selling dresses with dinosaurs on. And some people are losing their absolute shit over the John Lewis […]

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 […]

My 5-Year-Old Rewrote The Football Rulebook – Here’s How It Should Be Played

I’m no football fanatic, but there are few pleasures greater than a kickabout with my five-year-old son. What I hadn’t realised until now is how deeply flawed the beautiful game is. As it turns out, all us grown-ups have been playing like a bunch of wallies. Thankfully, my boy has improved the game tenfold by […]

The Hope Of Becoming A Father & The Devastating Loss Of Miscarriage

For long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a father. Most of my mates have journeyed that road and joined what I’ve always imagined must be the best club in the world. I’ve looked at each and every one of them with envy. But a couple of years after tying the knot, […]

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 […]