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Come on Dads…make a difference at the MADS!

I am honoured and proud to have been asked to be a judge for this year’s MADS (that’s Mum and Dads) Awards. For this year, there is a cause to … Continue reading

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Recipe Shed: Spooky Halloween Cupcakes

Perhaps it’s the full moon, but for some reason I’m not half as grumpy about Halloween as I was last year. Then, I fell into the Victor Meldrew stereotype of … Continue reading

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How to (sort of) carve a Halloween Pumpkin

It’s every child’s dream to have their very own pumpkin to take to bed at night, shine a torch inside, then scare the living wits out of themselves. And it … Continue reading

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Getting run over by an ant! That would be crazy, wouldn’t it?

I took my five-year-old son and a couple of his pals bowling on Saturday. Ear-wigging their conversations in the back of the car was wonderful. The comic genius of the … Continue reading

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It’s my oldest boy’s eighth birthday today….

…my oldest boy. He thinks he’s cool, calls me ‘Dude’ – but he still insists on kissing his old dad on the lips at the school gates in the morning. … Continue reading

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How to clean, restore and stain decking (with a little help from my sons)

The other week, I nearly broke my neck. I wasn’t skateboarding, or slaloming, or falling off a mountain. I had just set a tentative foot onto our roof terrace decking … Continue reading

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Way past bedtime…but how could we deprive our kids of the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony?

Our children are usually in their bedrooms by 8.30pm, asleep by 9pm. But last night was a moment of history we were determined they would witness – whether they liked … Continue reading

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You’ve heard of the Human Caterpillar…meet the Toddler Dragonfly!

I’m not scared of my youngest son. He’s only four and I could take him any day. I just go for his Achille’ heel (not literally) by tickling him. But … Continue reading

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Fifty Shades of Grey? Old hat! Bring on FIFTY SHADES OF PARENTHOOD

I love this idea from Mummy365 – an antidote to a certain over-hyped book that, it has just been reported, shifted more than 600,000 copies in one week. Karin wants … Continue reading

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Our day at the Royal Institute of Great Britain: Why elephants can’t dance, sky-diving hamsters and super-strong ants!

‘Why, Dad, why?’ is one of the most commonly used phrases in our home. Mainly, it is used to challenge the hour of bedtime or the need to consume a … Continue reading

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Reluctant Road Test: Philips Azur Steam Iron – and my life just got a whole lot easier!

Well, it was bound to happen one day, given the amount of pressing action it has partaken in these past five years: on Sunday, our iron conked out. Kaput. Unsaveable. … Continue reading

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How to organise a barbecue for a school fete (with a little help!)

On Saturday, the Housedad came of age when I was put in charge of organising my sons’ school summer barbecue.  ‘Yeah, sure,’ I said to the head of the PTA … Continue reading

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Middle-Child Syndrome: Is my son destined to turn into a psychotic maniac?

Just lately, I’ve been worried that my oldest son has been suffering from Middle-Child Syndrome. At seven years old, three years separate him from his sister to the north, and … Continue reading

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Getting PAID to shop? Is this too good to be true?

Aside from a visit to the local butchers or farmers’ market, I’m a lazy shopper. I prefer to do all my shopping online, get it delivered, get on with my … Continue reading

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Who’s the imposter with the #BritMumsLive award?

Yes, it’s me. It should have been Ben Wakeling, of course – the brilliantly funny, nay OUTSTANDING, winner of the, er, Outstanding Blogger Award at the BritMumsLive shindig on Friday … Continue reading

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5 uses for (unused) nappies when your kids grow out of them

A more competent parent than I times their child’s transition from nappies to pants with such precision that there won’t be a Pamper leftover in the house. But when my … Continue reading

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Paddington Bear: One of the many reasons my mother-in-law is a brilliant grandma!

My mother-in-law! Let’s discuss my mother-in-law. Cue the gags and get it over with – because my mother-in-law is about as perfect a grandmother an child cold hope to have. … Continue reading

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Happy Father’s Day!

…from my lovely kids! Despite telling them ‘NO PRESENTS!’ I’m glad they never take any notice of me. (There are two mugs because they’re so small!)  

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Father’s Day link-up: 10 things I love about my dad (just don’t tell him!)

Thank you to Donna at MummyCentral for asking me to join in this Father’s Day meme on the theme of ‘Dear Dad…’ Be warned: it contains gushing sentimentality and excrutiatingly … Continue reading

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It’s Fathers’ Story Week: Top 10 Tips To Get Your Kids Excited About Reading

This week, in the run up to Father’s Day, it’s Fathers’ Story Week, which aims to promote and support dads’ reading with and to their children. For those of us … Continue reading

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The saga of the plastic bricks, modern art and wanton destruction!

Like every family with small children, our home is littered with small plastic stuff that you step on when you’re at your most vulnerable, and often while you’re carrying a … Continue reading

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Win! Five perfect Father’s Day gift books, plus 20 per cent discount for every reader on a personalised book that dads and kids can read together

  I’m passionate about reading with and to my children and not for altruistic reasons! Once they’ve learned to read, the whole world opens up to them – such as … Continue reading

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My son’s 13-legged beetle is called…Fluffy

Obviously…  

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Maths for mums and dads: take the pain out of maths homework (involves magic and gambling)

I’m rubbish at maths so when sons’ school had a Maths Day recently I nodded off at the thought. But they pulled it off in a really clever and engaging … Continue reading

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How many sharks are killed to make shark’s fin soup? What I learned on our Class Trip to London Aquarium

Let me ask you a question. How many sharks do you think there are in the world? No, I have no idea either.  But how many MORE sharks would there … Continue reading

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Listography: Top 5 Things I Love About (My) Kids

All of KateTakes5’s observations in this month’s Listography are spot on: the fact that kids run everywhere, no matter how short the distance; their lovely mis-spelt, impromptu messages; their mispronunciations … Continue reading

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R.I.P – My local boozer. My escape, my sanctuary, my office. Where I could be a man…

Last Monday was a grim day in the Life of this Housedad. It was the day my local pub shut its doors for three weeks for a refurbishment.  Without question, … Continue reading

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Dads’ Dining Club: Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen – Review

Every two months, me and two foodie dads escape the shackles of our families and venture out into the gastro-world. We each take it in turns to choose the restaurant … Continue reading

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What’s better: Cyber Friends or Real World Friends? There’s only one way to find out…wriiiiiiiiiiiite!

Before I was made redundant and my wife and I swapped roles nearly two years ago, blogging and Twitter were just words I’d heard, not tools of communication. Even though … Continue reading

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My son’s neck-lumps: an update

First of all, thank you to all the commenters, emailers and Tweeters who contacted me after I wrote this post about my concerns about two pea-sized lumps that had mysteriously … Continue reading

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