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)!

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 …