Parental leave shared – a look back on my time off

It’s now around seven weeks since I donned my suit for the first time in 13 weeks and hopped on a train to Manchester to return to work after my shared parental leave. After a little round of applause as I walked back into the office (nice touch!), it didn’t take me long to get … Continue reading Parental leave shared – a look back on my time off

Keeping in touch with the ‘Golden old days’ – outdoor play!

The difference between my childhood and that of my children in many respects is staggering - in particular the advancement in technology and the onset of TV on demand, wi-fi everywhere you go, tablets and smart phones. The children of today have everything at their fingertips and don't really have to wait for anything. All … Continue reading Keeping in touch with the ‘Golden old days’ – outdoor play!

A Father’s Day letter to my children …

As you all know, this Sunday is Father’s Day. Dads around the globe will be expecting lies in and to wake up to various presents, from 'best dad ever’ socks, personalised mugs or pint glasses, or handkerchiefs to join the others unused in the sock draw.... In reality it's another commercial day and for that … Continue reading A Father’s Day letter to my children …

Men at work and Dads at play (group!)

Playgroups … an enigma to all non-parents and also to many Dads who haven't had the opportunity to attend them. When asking such people about playgroups you might be met with such stereotypical responses such as: 'just a mothers' meeting and chance for a cup of tea and a natter''people charging over the odds to … Continue reading Men at work and Dads at play (group!)

Parental well-being – battling the mental and physical devils on your shoulder…

Taking shared parental leave has allowed me to experience first hand what is entailed with being the primary carer for a child. In my case, it's three children - Tessa, who is at school, Tilly who goes to nursery a couple of days a week and has time with both Grandmas too, and Toby, our … Continue reading Parental well-being – battling the mental and physical devils on your shoulder…

Baby Avengers Assemble – my son’s multi-superhero personas

As I sat with Toby for 45 minutes or so at around 3am the other night, my sleep-deprived mind began wandering. It was during this state of semi-consciousness that I had an epiphany - I realised that my son had superhero powers. I also realised it wasn't just a single superhero power, but a conglomerate … Continue reading Baby Avengers Assemble – my son’s multi-superhero personas

Shopping with kids – the devil’s work, or is it?!

If I'm honest, shopping is pretty down my list of fun things to do - particularly clothes shopping. I tend to go about twice a year - a summer clothes/winter clothes type arrangement. Karen will often buy me bits on-line to keep my wardrobe topped up too (although I will reject some stuff after I … Continue reading Shopping with kids – the devil’s work, or is it?!