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 …

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?!

Where it all began – a birth story from a dad’s perspective – no.3 – Toby

Under the birth stories section of this site I've included our birth stories for our girls, Tessa (https://bethedaddy.blog/2019/02/17/where-it-all-began-a-birth-story-from-a-dads-perspectiveno-1-tessa/) and Tilly (https://bethedaddy.blog/2019/02/28/where-it-all-began-no-2-our-little-tilly/). This now completes the set, with the birth story of our most recent arrival, Toby, 10 months ago. The time before the birth - last days as a four ... Late Spring 2018 and … Continue reading Where it all began – a birth story from a dad’s perspective – no.3 – Toby

A tough gig – why parenting is like being in the S.A.S. (well, almost)

"Who Dares Wins". The motto of the world renowned Special Air Service, the S.A.S. The most fearsome fighting unit of the British Army. These are armed forces personnel of the highest calibre, displaying an array of skills including: extreme fitness and epic endurance; mental toughness and the ability to think under the highest degree of … Continue reading A tough gig – why parenting is like being in the S.A.S. (well, almost)

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)!