Family Life & parenting

The ‘mothership’ category. This is where I place the majority of my blog posts that focus on parenting, family life and many lifestyle issues.

Snow day disarray

What is it about snow days that lead to Total Domestic Disarray (TDD)? It could just be my household, but a sudden school closure and loss of routine for a couple of days results in domestic chaos so severe it cannot be measured.

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When school closes for a snow day, Total Domestic Disarray is often the result. Pic credit: Nathan Wolfe on Unsplash.
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Having an identity crisis identity as a parent

“What about the loss of identity when you become a dad?” This question was posed to me by a chap who was just about to become a father. I was flummoxed by the question at first. There were all manner of issues he could have asked, but whether he’d have an identity crisis was not top of my list.

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Asked by a new dad about loss of identity as a parent, I was honest and said it could be an issue. Do you, however, lose your identity, or does it change?
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School dinners: Things ain’t what they used to be, thankfully.

Having just ordered some food in a cafe, my mind began to wonder. The food in this place wasn’t the best quality and it reminded me of school dinners, an element of life that has changed beyond all recognition since I was kid.

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Treat with caution! This bio-hazard is known as luncheon meat. It was a staple of my diet when I had school dinners. Thankfully, my kids have never heard of the stuff or eaten it.
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Highlights from The Toy Fair 2019

What toys are going to be popular in 2019? Will there be any new board games to hit the market and will you struggle to find age-appropriate birthday presents to give to nieces, nephews and so on?  I spent a morning at The Toy Fair at London Olympia to try and get some answers to these questions.

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Here I am, trying out the electric Falcon scooter from Microscooters.
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Guilty pleasures I have as a parent

Being a parent is a funny old game. Just last night I found myself watching television with the kids. It was a show almost 25 years old that I avoided in my youth because I thought it was dire. Second time around, it had me laughing out loud. I think I have no choice but to add this show to my expanding list of guilty pleasures, pleasures I have been introduced to because I am a father.

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Shhh. Don’t tell anyone I’ve been watching The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, okay?
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