Our own little Operation London Bridge

I was fascinated to read about Operation London Bridge last week. The intricate detail that goes into plans of national importance is intriguing. There are also certain parallels with a situation we find ourselves in at the moment - albeit on a much smaller scale. My 91-year-old Grandma has been in hospital for three weeks. Sadly, she doesn't have ...

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 ...

And now for something completely different: three stories from the delivery room

I've learned much since becoming a dad. I've discovered a whole new range of skills. These include changing nappies in the dark, preparing breakfast with one hand and some odd ways of stopping tears. Who knew doing an impression of an electric toothbrush could be so soothing? Being a proud dad of three, I've also learned ...

To fee or not to fee

We attended parent consultations for both Dylan and Xander this week and a common denominator was their impressive literacy skills. Proud face. They both love books and have vivid imaginations, so it's not really surprising that they've been experimenting with language more of late. I find the influence of technology on their language particularly interesting. The ...