Helping kids grow up – how much is too much?

When my sons were closer to the age my daughter is now, life was simpler. It wasn't perfect of course, but we generally got on with each new stage with minimal fretting. It was easy working out the right answer to each new parenting challenge. The latest one we've found ourselves facing, though, has us in two minds. We find ourselves questioning whether ...

If parenting achievements were gaming achievements

If there's one pre-children hobby I miss, it's playing video games. I used to play them all the time but, inevitably, don't have as much opportunity these days. When the chance does arise, I'm normally too tired. One of the things that I love about them is the achievements that can be unlocked. There's something immensely satisfying about the little ...

Five baby ninja moves for injuring unsuspecting parents

There has been a direct correlation between Amelie's continuing development and me suffering injuries of late. Somehow or other, she manages to hurt me every day. While she enjoys deploying makeshift melee weapons against me like any self-respecting tot, it's the hand-to-face combat she prefers. Like Chuck Norris, Amelie doesn't need a weapon - she is ...

The name game

We're now four weeks away from our due date and have been gradually getting everything ready for the arrival of our daughter. The crib has been brought down from the loft, new mattresses have been purchased for it and the Moses basket, while our neighbours could be forgiven for thinking that she is already here, given the number of ...