This is a short story inspired by The Prompt (#theprompt) creative writing linky hosted by the Mumturnedmom blog. The prompt word was celebration. Click on the badge at the end to see what other bloggers have been writing about.

Celebrating a new arrival

He opened the door and barged it open with his carrier bags full of groceries. The door resisted ever so slightly as something scraped against the door mat. Continue Reading…

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The book cover to A modern father (…and dad blogger) by John Adams. Photo credit Ania Wilk-Lawton (see below)

Having started Dadbloguk as a digital venture, I have gone back in time and entered the analogue age!* Yes, after 18-long months I am pleased to say that I have written and published a book; A modern father (…and dad blogger).

In summary, the book is a collection of personal reflections on my life as a stay at home dad. As the title suggests, I couldn’t resist also writing just a bit about my experiences as a dad blogger. Continue Reading…

Equalities symbol

gender equality

 

What can be done to encourage men to engage in discussions about gender equality? This is the subject of a new report the Government has just published and I’m proud to have played a small role in its creation.

The report has a catchy title; Men as agents of change. It’s based on a policy seminar I took part in last June (being a policy discussion, I was asked not to write about it until the report was published, hence my silence until now). Continue Reading…

Frosty leaves

John Adams —  January 27, 2015 — Leave a comment
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A collection of leaves in the early morning

A few weeks ago I noticed a great image that someone had added to the #MySundayPhoto linky hosted by Darren Coleshill’s blog, Onedad3Girls. It was a picture of some leaves that were covered in frost.

It was a very eye catching picture and the colours were wonderful. This inspired me to go out and see if I could capture a similar image. What you see above is may attempt.

Regretably I can’t remember who was responsible for the original picture. If it happened to be you then thanks, you inspired me to go out and experiment with my camera!

 

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Breakfast is a bit like this, it’s the other meals that cause me problems. Pic credit below.

I’ve promised myself something; I’m going to get better at planning meals for the family. I don’t want to do myself a disservice, it’s not something I’m awful at, but I recognise that I need to be more organised when planning meals, especially for the children.

When it comes to fruit and vegetables, the kids generally get to eat a good array at least twice a day (three of four times if you include snacks). The eldest, Helen, is also quite partial to freshly squeezed fruit juices so she gets these when I have the time. Continue Reading…

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I was trawling through the images on my camera yesterday when I came across this one of Helen and Elizabeth (L-R respectively). I love the look on both their faces and it shows graphically the aftermath of a long country walk during which they couldn’t resist playing in muddy puddles. Continue Reading…

This post was inspired by #theprompt creative writing linky hosted by the Mum Turned Mom blog. The prompt word on this occasion was ‘family’. I have also been inspired by a new blog I have discovered called Two Sentence Short Stories, so have written something in this manner. I hope you like it. Continue Reading…

How do you get your children talking about money and family finances? We try having such discussions with our edlest, but it sometimes a struggle.

Below is a useful infographic produced by specialist coupon website Vouchercodres.co.uk with ideas for encouraging discussions about money with your children. It’s been produced following a round table discussion organised by the company that I attended, with a number of other bloggers, to talk about pocket money. Continue Reading…

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Luckily, Travis Bickle wasn’t really my taxi driver. Pic credit; Columbia Pictures.

Interest in my existence as a stay at home dad sometimes comes from the most unexpected places. Just yesterday it came from a taxi driver. In fact “interest” is a huge understatement, I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone quite so enthusiastic about the idea.

This guy was driving Toddler Adams and I on a brief excursion. He was quite chatty and we were talking about the usual taxi driver stuff; cars, mechanics and the like. Continue Reading…

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The Aldi WorkZone 101 piece ‘bit set’.

It never ceases to amaze me what you can find on the shelves of Aldi. To help people tackle DIY jobs around the home, the supermarket giant has added an impressive array of tools and workwear. As someone who does a lot of DIY to keep the family home in order, I was very happy to give a couple of the products a try. Continue Reading…