Monthly Archives: April 2011

The Royal Wedding: Where were you? I was here…

It is 1.31pm on April 29 2011 and I’m writing this post for no other reason that I want to record the moment. As simple as that. I’ve been at … Continue reading

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The Royal Wedding has turned my boys into skin and bone!

I have to confess, I got rather involved in the Royal wedding this morning, despite proclaiming total indifferencve to the event prevously. As a result, I fell short in my … Continue reading

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The OTHER Kate has her say: KateTakes5 becomes KateGives3 Answers

As the world’s spotlight shines on one Kate today –  the one who will become a duchess or princess or whatever – I thought it would be momentarily diverting to … Continue reading

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Top recycling tip for broken school bookbags

 

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The 5 passions that define this Reluctant Housedad

I’ve been tagged by the lovely Jessie’s Crazy Kitchen in the new meme created by Kerry at Multiple Mummy. She came up with the idea because as a new Stay-At-Home-Mum … Continue reading

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50. ‘Put the gun down, son, and no-one will get hurt!’

This is a gun I bought for my son at a Pound Shop on our trip to Manchester last week. As you can see from the photo further down, he’s … Continue reading

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Several shades of green…and a pink intruder!

‘Oi, Pinkie, Sod off. Greens only. Didn’t you read The Gallery brief?’

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Before I was a dad. Before I was anything, really…

Last night, I foolishly asked to join the Sticky Fingers‘ Blogger Yearbook Gallery. Foolishly, because all my old school photos are up in the attic up in Manchester, where I … Continue reading

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Is it wrong to do homework in the pub?

Once upon a time, back in the day, pubs were the centre of the community. Now though, for a variety of reasons, Great British Public Houses are closing at the … Continue reading

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5 Things I’d Change About My Wedding Day

For those who don’t know, every week KateTakes5 sets a challenge for her Listography. So this week she has very topically tied her challenge into the Royal Wedding on Friday … Continue reading

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The Gallery: When grandparents live so far away, you ask the question: How many more times will we see them?

The theme of this week’s hugely popular Gallery on Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers blog is GRANDPARENTS. This is a post I wrote three months ago, but I would like to … Continue reading

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Three (un)Wise Monkeys #silentsunday

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46. Diary of My Successful Other Half, aged 42 and 1/12

It was a brilliant day to be a Brilliant Dad yesterday. It was the hottest day of the year so in the morning I decided I’d become the Hottest Dad … Continue reading

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This is what will be waiting for me when I get back after Easter! Reluctant Housedad’s Blog In A Photo #thegallery

Ironing. Like Bank Holidays in Spring, it just keeps coming and coming! I’m taking the kids to visit their grandparents for a few days, so my blog will be quiet, … Continue reading

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‘Dad’ it’s you!’ my sons pointed. Oh how they laughed!

  We’d been getting along so well, my sons and I, exploring and laughing, picnicking and cavorting. All the best cliches of a family out and about on a perfect … Continue reading

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45. Today, I’m going to be Just As Brilliant as my son’s pal’s dad

Yesterday, I became Pied Piper for the afternoon to my two sons and three of the eldest’s friends. We bought crisps, sweets and bottles of water and headed off to … Continue reading

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‘Well, I never thought he’d get to 50…’ and 4 other things I hope people say at my funeral

Earlier this year I  got to write the eulogy for my dear Mum’s funeral. It made me wonder what people would say about me when I’m gone, and four words … Continue reading

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49. How to bribe a bored 9 year-old into doing her homework

I can count on two hands the number of times I have spent whole one-on-one days with my nine year-old stepdaughter. This is because she has two younger brothers, who … Continue reading

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44. Brotherly love: my regrets, my hopes

One of the great sadnesses of my life is that my second brother and I aren’t close. We’re not just not close, we might as well live in different galaxies … Continue reading

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These kids look fishy to me! #silentsunday

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‘Dad, can we keep the babysitters?’

Their mother was working late again and, well, it had been a long day. All the Stuff-I-Needed-To-Get-On-With-That-I-Normally-Do-While-They’re-At-School had been neglected. The washing basket was overflowing and the ironing pile, well, … Continue reading

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43. Mum’s home. Thank God for that!

She walked through the door after a week away and her sons jumped on her like lions on an antelope. It has been too long. For me. For them. But … Continue reading

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Well, I’ve been tagged by KateTakes5. I have no idea what this means, but…

…I am going to assume it means answering the questions that Kate answered for HelloItsGemma over at Kate’s own blog. As Rob Brydon would say: ‘It’s a bit of fun.’ … Continue reading

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42. A father’s pride: My boy can SWIM!

A couple of months ago, my middle son, Tom, hated getting his hair wet in the bath. Normally, I wouldn’t care, but he’s six, and six-year-old boys get some pretty … Continue reading

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A friend to the rescue…bribed by wagyu, the King of Steaks

  After four days without any adult interaction whatsoever, I finally cracked last night (Thurs). As anyone who does it knows, bringing up kids may be rewarding/life-affirming/joyous/dutiful, but stimulating, it … Continue reading

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40. My Successful Other Half phoned from her soulless business hotel: ‘I’m missing out on their whole entire lives,’ she said.

My Successful Other Half is Away On Business this week, leaving me to spend the start of the Easter holidays Home Alone with our three children. Hers used to be … Continue reading

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39. A lesson in humility and humour from another Reluctant Housedad

It has been four months since my wife and I swapped roles and she went back to working in an office after I failed to find a job after losing … Continue reading

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Tomorrow…they will be a day older

Tomorrow, they will be a day older. And I will regret today. All the nagging, the shouting, the sighing and exasperation. Tomorrow, I will feel guilty for wishing their lives … Continue reading

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How to keep your kids safe in the sun: Make sure you pack the Factor 50

This time last year, we were heading off to the sunshine. Before I lost my job, you understand. We had money then. A couple of holidays a year. Spent a … Continue reading

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#silentsunday TFISundayNight: Joy, Love, Enjoyment, Fulfilment – all in one beautiful picture

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