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 […]

Toys For Dads: Cool Stuff We’ve Been Sent This Week

Being a dad’s not all about wiping arses and reminiscing about the days when you could spend all Sunday in the pub. No, you get to play with some pretty awesome shit too. Here are cool books and toys for dads (alright, they’re for kids really) that we’ve been sent and will be reviewing very […]

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 […]

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, […]