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

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?!

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

Childhood vs Parenthood – changing perceptions?

A couple of months ago when my @bethedaddy Instagram account was fairly new, I did a post about bunk beds and what an absolute pain it is to change the top bunk! This set me thinking about the differences between how I perceived various things in my childhood as against how I view them now … Continue reading Childhood vs Parenthood – changing perceptions?