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Early morning starts drive desperate dad to poetry (with apologies to Axl Rose)

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It’s finally happened. The early mornings have driven me to poetry. So, it’s time to show some solidarity with all the other parents of babies out there. It’s 5am: A parent’s lament It’s 5am and we’re both awake; You’ve barely … Continue reading

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The other education reforms under consideration by Michael Gove

There is much excitement at the current exam reform proposal from Education Secretary Michael Gove. The last wheeze appears to be to take a leaf out of the Thomas Gradgrind book of education, make learning less interesting and more about … Continue reading

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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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Fireman Sam: The Lost Episode

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I am delighted to announce that I have uncovered the script to an episode of Fireman Sam that has never been aired. It can be revealed for this first time today: It is an ordinary day in Pontypandy. The sun … Continue reading

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I don’t really have to tidy my room for Santa to visit do I? A man-to-man discussion about Christmas

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Daddy, it’s only two weeks to Christmas. I’m a bit of an old hand at this – it will be my fourth one in all. Even so, there are still some things I think we need to discuss man-to-man. So … Continue reading

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EastEnders: The Early Years (A foundation stage soap opera)

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With the current standard of storylines in the leading soap operas stretching credulity further than a Chelsea player’s evidence at an FA hearing, the BBC has decided to go back to basics and try something a little simpler with its … 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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Wellies don’t help with depth perception: more man-to-man advice from father to son

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Son, it’s been a couple of weeks since our last man-to-man discussion, when it was you doing the talking. So I think it is only right that I keep up with my fatherly responsibilities and impart some more advice of … 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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