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 […]

5 Best Apps For New Dads

After becoming a father three weeks ago, I’m just about hitting my stride and getting used to having another human being around to look after. That said, I always welcome new tools to make my baby-filled life easier. So, following by prenatal effort – the ‘5 Best Apps For Dads To Be’ – here are […]

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When Should We Let Go Of Being Protective Parents?

Why being protective parents could be more about our own anxieties than ours kids’, writes Rich Hathway. Seeing our children grow up is a wonderful thing. We meet our children in the first seconds of their lives and they are at once both perfect and completely helpless. As they grow so do we, every new […]

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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 […]

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Essential Advice For Dads-To-Be

A friend of mine has just found out he’s going to be a dad for the first time. This is tremendous news, not least because it’ll finally wipe that smug, well-rested look off his face and he will have to eat his words about how having kids doesn’t need to change anything. Yeah, we’ve all […]

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 […]

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I Asked My Son The Big Superhero Questions – His Answers Were Hilariously Bad

Which superhero is best? Who’s the toughest? What’s the best superpower? Truly questions for the ages – and ones that parents and kids could debate for hours. Hundreds of millions have been spent on Marvel and DC movies. So where once their comic book characters were niche and nerdy, they are now mainstream and major […]

Forgotten Movie Toy Lines From The 1980s & 1990s

How many of these movie toys from the 1980s and 90s did you play with? Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made Us has been a blast of nostalgic brilliance. There’s nothing Age of Dad enjoys more than wallowing in the plastic moulded glories of yesteryear. But while The Toys That Made Us has episodes dedicated […]

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Smyths Toys To Open ‘Big Kids Aisle’ For Adult Play

Dads rejoice – we’re officially allowed to get stuck in at the toy shop. There are no two ways about it: as much as we want our toy purchases to please the kids, us parents want to play with the damn things too. Recent Netflix series The Toys That Made Us hammered home just how […]

Why It’s Better Being An Older Dad

My son was born when I was 38. I’m what could be generously referred to as an older dad. Or “a dinosaur”, as my son calls me. It’s true that I’m older than his friends’ dads. I have less hair, a more errant stomach, and I give an involuntary puff of the cheeks as I […]