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Yes, he’s your brother, but he’s still too heavy to lift – a man to man talk about the new family member

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Okay Daddy, it’s been a while since our last man-to-man discussion. I’ll let you off as you’ve been a bit busy and, when you’ve not been busy, it seems you’ve been falling asleep. Having a baby in the house is … Continue reading

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Don’t show any fear: how to survive a pre-school trip

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I’ve just survived helping out on a pre-school trip. More importantly, so did the children. It’s an eye-opening experience which, as a parent, leaves you with even more admiration for the staff who, day in, day out, marshal tiny troops … Continue reading

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Toddlers are better than…footballers, politicians, taxi drivers, your boss – and you

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Young children are much nicer than older people. Obviously, I speak as a parent, so I’m a little biased. But, whether it’s because they cannot give a false smile, or they simply haven’t picked up the bad habits that a … Continue reading

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Daddy, we need to sit down for another chat about nursery

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One month ago, a father sat his son down for a chat about starting nursery. Now, the son replies to share some of his experience. Hey there Daddy. So, this is what you’re doing when you are tapping away at … Continue reading

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Ten things you discover when you are at home in the daytime

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Whether you are working from home, retired, a house-spouse/at-home-parent, a night shift worker or just a sociology student, there are some things you discover that would remain unknown to you if your employment took you to another place to work … Continue reading

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The trouble with Michael Gove

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Michael Gove has unveiled his grand plan to ditch GCSEs. It shouldn’t come as too great a surprise. He wants students to have a nice big exam to sit at the end of their studies. The biggest surprise is that … Continue reading

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The give-away clues that your toddler is growing up

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It was a pivotal moment. The Wiggles were on the CD player, father and son were dancing. Then son, all of three years and two months old, stopped dancing. Not the first time he’s lost interest, it was what followed … Continue reading

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Dora the Explorer’s demise as an early years feminist icon…(and the horror of Lalaloopsy)

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As a parent you watch a lot of children’s television. You realise exactly how much when you discover you know the outcome of every episode of Team Umizoomi. So I have spotted something quite disturbing. That is the girlification of … Continue reading

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Son, it’s time for a man-to-man chat about nursery

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It has finally arrived, the time for my son to start at nursery school. Like most parents, there is a mixture of dread, pride and excitement at this big moment. So, it feels as though it should be time for … Continue reading

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Things That Go Bump In The Night…And Other Times

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I’ve been hearing the opening notes from the rhyme This Old Man in my head. Up until recently I would have considered the reason for this to be early onset dementia, but thanks to the Coronation Street actress Judy Holt … Continue reading

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