Monthly Archives: June 2011

Recipe Shed: Balti Chicken with Spinach and Chickpeas

I admit, I’ve gone a bit overboard with the SPICES theme to this week’s Recipe Shed. But if a job’s worth doing, it’s worth going completely over the top in … Continue reading

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10 Parenting Strategies That Really Work (*scientifically tried and tested by one housedad)

I’ve learned a lot during my six long months as a Reluctant Housedad, not least how to get my children to do what I want them to do. This was … Continue reading

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The Gallery: My Weekend – All the fun of the fairs!

It’s that time of year when the fairs and fetes are coming thick and fast. Personally, I can’t wait for them to all be over so I can stop feeling … Continue reading

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When the heavens open there’s only one thing a dad can do (give him the shirt off your back!)

My three year-old son’s class trip to a nature park this morning started off gloriously. The sun was shining so I misguidedly thought a T-shirt and sandals would be enough … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: ‘My children fight like cat and dog but there’s only one person they turn to when they need a hug’

Before my wife and I swapped roles and my wife went back to work, she wrote a weekly column about family life for one of Britain’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Recipe Shed: Spicy Lamb Filo Parcels

I love the versatility of mince. And I love lamb samosas. Put the two together and Hey Presto! Mince magic. I’ve stopped short of calling these ‘samosas’ because when I … Continue reading

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Parenting tips and tricks from Nanny Nick, plus great ideas for the holidays, too!

Last week, I interviewed Nick Mitchell, one of a handful of male nannies in the UK, about how and why he chose a career looking after other people’s kids. This … Continue reading

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The 3 Word Gallery

The theme of this week’s hugely popular Gallery on Tara Cain’s Sticky Fingers blog is JUST THREE WORDS. ‘WHAT’S FOR DINNER?’  

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My dilemma: Sports day with the Stepdaughter vs Class Trip with my eldest? There’s only one way to decide..

To people working in offices, who have long commutes to work and an a***hole of a boss to greet them at the other end, the life of a housedad/parent may … Continue reading

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Listography: Inventions that would make life infinitely easier

KateTakes5 has been very inventive with her Listography this week – inventions we wished were, er, invented to make life easier. Here are mine, with thanks to Dr Duffenschmirtz of … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: ‘Since I turned 40, I’ve become invisible to men but I’d love some random sexual attention’

Before my wife and I swapped roles and my wife went back to work, she wrote a weekly column about family life for one of Britain’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday

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Recipe Shed: Blackened Crispy Pork Belly with Mash and Buttered Cabbage

If I ever let my wife into the kitchen, this is what I would want her to cook for me for Father’s Day lunch. But because I’m a control freak … Continue reading

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I could never be a nanny. But I know a man who is. Please welcome Nick Mitchell. So what makes him tick?

I love kids. As long as they’re my own. My tolerance for the offspring of other parents stretches to three hours, tops. The idea of spending longer than that brings … Continue reading

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The Gallery: The Man Who Inspires Me

I hope I’m forgiven by Tara Cain for posting this again to The Gallery, but for this week’s INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE theme I couldn’t think of anyone who inspires me more … Continue reading

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Listography: Top 5 Places I’d Like to Visit

This week’s Listography from KateTakes5 is Places I’d Like To Visit. At first I thought this would be a list of one, because as a housedad, Anywhere But Home, is … Continue reading

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Anyone out there got socks that match these?

When I put the wash on this morning, I could have sworn I’d put several PAIRS of socks in with my wife’s power shirts and tunics and difficult-to-iron floaty things. … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: ‘I’m not my children’s friend – I’m their MOTHER!’

Before my wife and I swapped roles and my wife went back to work, she wrote a weekly column about family life for one of Britain’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: A picture from my week

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Top Parenting Tip #1: Don’t drink and drive…get your three-year-old to drive you to the pub

 

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Good grief, look what 10 years and three kids have done to me!

  My Successful Other Half was flicking through some old photos last night when she suddenly gasped. ‘What? what?’ I asked. ‘It’s…you!’ She was almost trembling as she continued: ‘You … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: 3 ingredients, perfect pizza. Made by my kids.

  I’m raiding Nick Coffer’s excellent ‘My Daddy Cooks’ book this week because, well, it’s excellent. He claimed his quick and easy pizza was, er, quick and easy and would … Continue reading

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I thought FOMO was just for kids until I started my blog

The other evening, I went to my kids’ school to hear a talk about internet security – keeping your child safe online. It was all practical, common-sense stuff: don’t share … Continue reading

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Dieters: Look away now! Not the healthiest sandwich in the world, but the most delicious!

Bacon. Mushrooms. Melted Cheese. Heaven in a sandwich, or at least the heart attack that will send you to Heaven!

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What is it about boys and collecting stuff? My son’s latest obsession rocks!

What is it about boys and collecting things? I get the whole card-swapping thing because I used to do the same when I was the same age as my son … Continue reading

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Listography: Decisions, decisions…a few of my best!

This week’s Listography from KateTakes5 is about DECISIONS – the biggest and most remarkable we’ve ever taken. I’m going to deliberately avoid my usual sentimental schmaltz on this one, so … Continue reading

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MyMissusMonday: It is becoming more and more difficult to keep young children and sex apart. It’s time to take action

Before my wife and I swapped roles and my wife went back to work, she wrote a weekly column about family life for one of Britain’s biggest selling women’s weekly … Continue reading

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Silent Sunday: A Picture that says it all

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Six months ago today I became a reluctant housedad. So what’s changed? Well, 5 little words, for a start…

The slideshow above is a record of the last six months: six months to the day, in fact, since circumstances forced my wife and I to swap roles. My job … Continue reading

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