A rainbow rose to mark Valentine’s Day

I confess I don’t generally make a big thing of Valentine’s Day. There was, however, no escape when I went shopping with my daughters Helen and Izzy a couple of days ago. They saw this rainbow rose in among the Valentine’s bouquets and they insisted I buy it.

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I don’t tend to ‘go large’ on Valentine’s Day, but I felt this picture of a rainbow rose was worth sharing to mark the occasion.
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Dad Skills: Things I have had to learn as a dad

When I became a father I knew I would be on a steep learning curve. I would be learning about breastfeeding, baby nutrition and what it was like to live without sleep. As time went on, I picked up various other dad skills.

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My child approaches me with a bundle of wires and a computer: “Daddy, can you get it to work please?” IT consultancy is not a skill I expected to hone as a father.
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Thank you! European Parenting Blog Awards win

I am delighted to start this week with some good news: I’ve won an award! Following a public vote, I took first place in the European Parenting Blogs Award.

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Celebrating my success in the European Parenting Blogs Award with a bottle of Lowlander I.P.A. Why did a choose a beer from the Netherlands? Read on to find out. . .
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Bedrooms of London at The Foundling Museum

Do you genuinely appreciate the levels of poverty around you? Do you consider what impact the lack of good quality social housing has on children and families? A new exhibition at London’s Foundling Museum shines a light on both these issues.

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Adam, a young infant,sleeps in this room, which he must share with the rest of his family. It’s Just one of the images taken by Katie Wilson as part of the Bedrooms of London project.
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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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