• Blogs,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    The Sleeping ‘Rod’

    Finding a parent who hasn’t had or who isn’t currently experiencing difficulties with kids and sleep is rare, and when you do find one, there are two things you can say to them; “LIAR” – You need to shout this and point at them (or just use an outstretched finger in their direction if you don’t want to shout ‘liar’- can be equally as effective) “Good for you” (said with a sarcastic tone that lets them know you’re calling them something unspeakable in you’re head!) It is really tough and so easy to get yourself in a mess over, because I’m pretty sure sleep deprivation is the biggest killer in…

  • Blogs,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    The Feeding ‘Rod’

    Trying to get kids to eat the good stuff… or even eat at all in some cases, is tough! It is a very easy category to ‘grow’ multiple rods for your own back in, but hey, if they eat something green that’s a parenting win, right? Here’s some of our ‘Feeding Rods’… make sure to tell us yours in the comments section below! #1. Pudding- I use pudding as a bribe, I swore I wouldn’t and it goes against everything my food bible (‘Getting The Little Blighters To Eat’ by Claire Potter– full review coming in October) tells me, but it’s happened and I do it! I grew up having…

  • Blogs,  Lifestyle,  Parenting

    The Travelling ‘Rod’

    To kick start our ‘National celebrate the rod you’ve made for your own back’ week we thought we’d break our many ‘rods’ down into topics. When Pips and I got talking about our ‘rods’, the obvious ones were sleeping, eating and managing general behaviour but when I mentioned to Pips about having a ‘Travelling Rod’ blog, her response to me was that she doesn’t have problems in the car with her kids so “you can write that one“, my response was ‘good for you’ (and not in a passive-aggressive, eye-rolling, sarcastic tone at all… okay maybe just a bit). Well travelling with my kids can be ‘testing’ (shall we call it)…

  • Blogs,  Humour,  Parenting

    National ‘Celebrate that Rod’ Week- 3rd-9th September 2018

    “They’ve made a rod for their own back”…  A line we’ve probably all said ourselves about someone and a line that other people have almost definitely said about you and something ludicrous that you probably do with/for your kids. It’s got to be hands-down one of the worst phrases in the world of parenting and one I ashamedly have used (and will probably slip up and use again). As a parent, it’s a line I dread to think people have used about us [me] and probably because I’m feeling a little bit embarrassed or frustrated by what it is I’m doing, that I try to avoid any reference to it…

  • Blogs,  Kids Entertainment,  Lifestyle

    Superhero, Super Inappropriate?

    Rewind 8 months or so ago and it was one of the happiest days of my life. My then two-year-olds learned to say Hulk and Spider-man… they couldn’t string a sentence together, but they could recognise some of my favourite things! As a kid I absolutely loved all things ‘super’ related. My first love was probably the Thunder Cats (still haven’t quite forgiven my mum for getting rid of all those figures) and it progressed into the world of Marvel. X-men specifically. I was obsessed! So, when the boys started showing ANY signs of liking superhero ‘stuff’ I jumped on it. It was also a welcome relief from Thomas the Tank…

  • Blogs,  Rant

    The FT Parent Roast

    Since joining the blogging world I’ve discovered a new phrase, so to speak, which I’ve found most used in the parenting bloggers community. It’s a phrase I find quite unsettling for a number of reasons, but rather than rant, rave or ‘roast’ (which I purposefully titled to get your attention). I’d like to explain why I feel unsettled by the phrase and why it is something we as parents or bloggers should STOP using. I’m sure my opinion will divide many, so I’m wearing my armour ready for the back lash. But please hear me out… The phrase which I’m referring to is ‘FT’ [Full Time] Parent. There’s a number…

  • Blogs,  Kids Entertainment,  Toys

    Toys that make my 🔥’Burns List’🔥

    Out of all the toys your child or children have, I bet only a couple of them are played with the most. They’re usually the ones that cause the most mess when being played with, the most arguments because they can’t be shared, the most noise, the most tears, the most tantrums… you catch my drift? 🤦 Your child loves these toys but you hate them. You rue the day you bought them, or accepted them, unwittingly not knowing that this toy was going to cause you harm, physically and/or emotionally. You’ve tripped, slipped, kicked and fell over it escaping near death umpteen times a day. You’ve chucked it in…

  • Blogs,  Child Development,  Parenting

    The Urgent Rush

    Crawling, walking, talking, feeding themselves, tripod grips, potty training, counting, saying the alphabet, dressing themselves, able to brush their own teeth… it’s literally one thing after another from birth to adulthood that a child has to start doing… and we seem to be in an urgent rush to get them all down! Why? For me potty training is the perfect example. Once the kids turned two it seemed that EVERYONE is interested in where you are up to with it. I don’t think a day goes by where I’m either asked about how they are getting on or I jump straight down someone’s throat to let them know how we…

  • Blogs,  Working Parent

    Work-Life-Family-Balance

    Returning to work after maternity leave is a daunting feeling for any parent. The worry of missing your child’s first milestones, the logistical nightmare of organising appropriate and affordable childcare and of course the simple stress of another plate you need to spin, are all but a few things that run through your mind constantly whilst preparing to return to work. Of course, this isn’t said for all parents. For some, returning to work is welcomed with open arms! Holding a conversation that doesn’t involve the constant motion of your bodily functions and being able to dress in something other than leggings and a baggy T (because lets face it,…

  • Blogs,  Lifestyle

    Ten things that make me happy

    I’m often considered [wrongly IMO] a ‘miserable git’, so when Katie at Heels & Hooves tagged me to take part in the ’10 things that make me happy’ blogger challenge, I thought I’d rise to the occasion and prove I’m not such a misery after all. Wish me luck I might get stuck by no. 6, but here we go, in no particular order… #1 The Terrible Twins Of couse the boys had to be numero uno, whilst they drive me up the wall, stop me sleeping, interrupt gin time and all the other parenting woes, they bring so much to my life and I can’t imagine life without them. Being a…

  • Adoption,  Blogs,  Humour,  Working Parent

    Dumbing Down?

    I’m writing today’s blog as I catch up on yesterday’s episode of Love Island… the one after the post Casa Amor recoupling episode… you know that s*** is about to hit the fan. So, I’ll start with an apology for poor grammar and spelling ‘cos I’m well distracted, ain’t I’  (said in my best Essex accent).  For you non-Love Islanders; don’t worry this post isn’t going to be about how Georgia is going to react to that cheating scum bag Josh or how brilliant it is to see Wes getting his karma as he’s ‘mugged off’ by the villa’s resident skank Meg… Yes I went there, if you watched it…

  • Blogs,  Potty Training

    Small Steps to Potty Training

    Not quite sure where am going with this blog… whether it be a rant, ramble, confession, advice, personal experience, who knows! It’s probably a little bit of everything. What I do know and can say quite confidently is, that I HATE POTTY TRAINING! Currently I am writing this blog from the ‘Pip’s Potty Training Hub’, on day two of actual full on potty training. Not threatening to do, or preparing to do, but actually ‘doing’ potty training. I say this because I’ve been attempting to do this for such a long time, and nothing has come of it and I have to say it is the most relentless and tiresome…

  • Blogs,  Discipline & Boundaries,  Parenting

    Other People’s Children

    We all know how difficult it is as parents to toddlers, who are prone to act and behave in ways we’d sometimes prefer they didn’t, but we accept and understand they are growing, learning and at an innocent age that needs nurturing and guiding. As a father to two year-old twin boys, not a day goes by where I don’t see them getting a bit heavy handed, snatching, not sharing and all the rest… but also, not a day goes by where I don’t challenge this behaviour and use these moments to teach them about acceptable behaviour. I’m pretty sure I’m talking to a brick wall most of the time,…

  • Blogs,  New Mum

    Preparing for Baby (without going shopping MAD!)

    Like most people, if I had my time over again I would do some things differently, and the same would be said about preparing for when baby arrives. For my first, I spent a small fortune on baby items that I hardly used. Googling check list after check list, searching for the best deal, and not really understanding what I needed it for. My necessities list quickly turned into a niceties list, and I bought because I thought I MAY need it, and often I didn’t. I can’t be too hard on myself though, becoming a new mum or dad is such an important time in your life, so it’s…

  • Blogs,  Dads,  Father's Day

    Dads Like Presents Too!

    Last year was my first Father’s Day and to say I was excited to receive my first set of extra gifts for the year was an understatement! My birthday is only a few weeks before Christmas, so it’s a long time to wait to get gifts again… it’s rare I get an acknowledgement on Valentines Day (other than the odd inappropriate card) and Easter can be hit and miss with an egg (or at least one of any quality chocolate!). As the day approached I spent hours (slightly exaggerated) pondering what my other half was planning with the kids; a nice meal out? a lavish gift? a homemade card or…