Books and bedtime stories – much more than words on a page.

It's a familiar setting to many families across the land: early morning and Daddy (or Mummy!) is up and dressed for work as the kids surface for the day ahead. On some days Daddy may see them for a brief hello, hug and a kiss as they shuffle in for their breakfast; on other days … Continue reading Books and bedtime stories – much more than words on a page.

Planning & preparation permits plentiful participation & playtime (and prevents p*ss poor parenting performance)!

Dadmin, Dadmin, everywhere ... Well, week 1 of my Shared Parental Leave proper is now complete. I've still not been fully unleashed into the sole parent at home camp as Karen has also been off for 4 of the 5 days ("fraud" I hear you cry!). She's also off next week as we try to … Continue reading Planning & preparation permits plentiful participation & playtime (and prevents p*ss poor parenting performance)!

A false start to shared parental leave – let’s talk about holidays – heaven or hell?!

As the title suggests, week 1 of my shared parental leave has been a bit of a false start. It coincided with half term and a trip to Centre Parcs in the Lakes at Whinfell, so more like a normal holiday than me being left to fend for myself with 3 kids. We went with … Continue reading A false start to shared parental leave – let’s talk about holidays – heaven or hell?!

Where it all began – a birth story from a Dad’s perspective…no.1 – Tessa

Given this is a blog about shared parental leave and therefore by its very nature is linked to parenting and my children, I thought I'd better set out my experiences at the births of my three kids. It will also act as a bit of a memory bank for me and the kids when they're … Continue reading Where it all began – a birth story from a Dad’s perspective…no.1 – Tessa

Why Shared Parental Leave? Being Better …

When I've mentioned to people I'm taking shared parental leave I've been met with mixed reactions. I expect these sorts of reactions are fairly commonplace for anyone thinking about, or taking shared parental leave. Here's a few of the more common examples: "Oooof, you'll be desperate to get back to work after a few days""That's … Continue reading Why Shared Parental Leave? Being Better …