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This week’s…5 Reasons To Be Cheerful #R2BC

This is my first time linking to Mummy From the Heart’s Reasons To Be Cheeful (#R2BC) and I really need it because I’ve had a frustrating week – it would … Continue reading

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My birthday boy and a Naff Dad joke that backfired

Our middle son turned seven yesterday. But before I tell you about his birthday, let me tell you about a door. Yes, a door. On the outside wall of our … Continue reading

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How did your kids cope with starting school for the first time? Perhaps my story is typical…

So here we are yesterday, man and boy, father and son, enjoying each other’s company for the last time in two months. My youngest boy has hardly been away from … Continue reading

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Back To School Special: My boys’ last day of summer holiday freedom…and some freshly-picked blackberries for the Recipe Shed

It’s quite sad, isn’t it (for them, not us!) After six weeks of stress-free summer holidays, our children return to school. My middle son starts on Monday; my stepdaugther Wednesday; … Continue reading

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A crafty solution for bored kids that costs nothing!

Yesterday, I asked for inspiration for something to do with my kids. ‘Something crafty!’ came the reply. Believe me, my kids don’t need even more lessons in being crafty. But … Continue reading

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Never move back in with your parents aka The battle for the remote control

I have written many times about my hereo worship of my father. A real man who is comfortable in his own skin; a provider and protector; an all-round great guy, … Continue reading

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A rite of passage for father and son…my boy learns to ride a bike (at last!)

It’s been a long old ride, but he got there in the end. Our middle son has always been a Proceed With Caution kind of child. On his first day … Continue reading

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Two little boys and the greatest song about childhood friendship ever written!

My now four-year-old has never really had a mate. He’s never needed one. He and his older brother have always been as thick as thieves. Three years separate them but … Continue reading

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Our first wedding anniversary: A pictorial tribute

If I knew then what I know now, I might have waited a bit longer to marry my wife. ONLY JOKING, LOVE. NOT THE SPARE ROOM AGAIN, PER-LEASE! It’s a … Continue reading

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Our youngest is 4 today…and look what we got him

Yes, yes, we know our youngest son is too young for it, but, well, you know, he likes it. Loves it, actually. That’s Ben 10 I’m talking about. The Tweenage … Continue reading

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Get your kids into a cooking school…then feast on the rewards!

My mother never taught me to cook, based largely on the fact she wasn’t much of a cook herself. But it was she who inspired me to learn – because … Continue reading

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To anyone else, it’s a broken cup. But to me…

I’ve never been sentimental about possessions. There are only a handful of things I would rescue if the house was on fire (after the wife and kids, of course). One … Continue reading

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Adults only! For one very special night only: the sublime pleasure of leaving the kids with a babysitter

Me and the missus. We don’t get out much. Three kids. Hundreds of miles away from our families. The price of babysitters. Exhaustion at the end of a hellish working … Continue reading

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Buying the teachers an end-of-year present hadn’t occurred to me…until I read a very poignant story

Today was the last day of the school year for my sons.The build up to it has felt like a countdown to six weeks of frustration, bickering and boredom – … Continue reading

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If housewives ruled the world…

  Anyone who looks down their nose at stay-at-home mums should get along to a school class tea. These women are an extraordinary lesson in organisation, team work, graft and … Continue reading

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I am not a fighter, but sometimes you have to take a stand

Take a look at this photograph and spot the odd one out. Got it yet? Yes, it’s me, furthest on the left. And the reason why? Four of these men … Continue reading

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My son had his first ever school report yesterday. It revealed how much he’s progressed in the last 7 months…and how much I’d receded!

I have experienced many moments of pride since I became a housedad seven months ago, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the feelings that overwhelmed me yesterday. It was my … Continue reading

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Little Legacy: The item that keeps my late mum in my heart and on my head!

  Penny over at The Alexander Residence has started a new Linky about little legacies handed down to us that move us and affect our lives.  She says: ‘Little legacy … Continue reading

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It’s a year since I lost my job and at 47, I wonder if I’ll ever get another. But there is hope…

It is exactly a year since I lost my job (read my first ever post here) and seven months since my wife and I swapped roles and I become a … 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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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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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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Top Parenting Tip #1: Don’t drink and drive…get your three-year-old to drive you to the pub

 

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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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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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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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When I was a kid, a haircut = shearing. Today, boys get the same pampering as girls

When I was a kid, a haircut was known as a Short-Back-and-All-Off. There were no styles for children in those days, no mousse or gels to keep locks in fashionable … Continue reading

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One sister, two brothers (by two mums and two dads). We are a very modern family!

Meet Baby Freddie. This gorgeous chunky little monkey is my stepdaughter’s brother by her dad’s new wife. The tall skinny fella on the left, as you may already knows, is … Continue reading

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Like housefather, like son!

My dad was in the Army for a couple of years doing National Service in Cyprus, where he mainly learned to peel potatoes, make beds and fold clothes. Like father, … Continue reading

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