Well, it’s that time again. Christmas is over and we’re in that weird nether period while we wait for everything to start up again in the new year. If nothing else, it’s a good opportunity to look back at the last year.
As always, it’s been a mixed bag. In fact, generally speaking, it’s been a game of two halves. The first half of 2018 was great and culminated with a lovely family holiday. The second half has been hard work though.
Despite being on the market since early September, we’re still nowhere near moving home. Work has been harder to come by and I had a heart scare too. Luckily, it turned out to just be child-induced muscle damage, but I was terrified for a good few weeks!
Looking through my blog posts, I seem to have become a little more serious – I’ve written plenty of topical things this year. The daft whimsy is far from dead though.
It’s hard to pick ten favourites, but I’ve gone for the following – a selection that I think is a fair reflection of me this year.
Eight life lessons from eight years of parenting
To celebrate eight years of being a dad, I wrote this post about said number of things I’ve learned from the experience.
Learning to let my kids make mistakes
It’s tricky seeing your kids upset at something you could have prevented, but we all learn from mistakes. And I needed to learn to let them make them.
Five nursery rhymes that teach the wrong life lessons
After analysing the lyrics of things we sing every week with youngest at Rhymetime, I’ve realised that some nursery rhymes are full of shit.
When will the media ever get dads right?
In the same week, a magazine praised a celebrity dad for navigating a pushchair while a contrarian TV presenter took a pop at another for carrying his child in a papoose. Fed up of the lack of middle ground, I wrote this rant.
How to brush your toddler’s teeth in 37 easy steps
In truth, this post won’t help you with the eternally tricky task of cleaning little ones’ teeth, but it serves to show that you’re far from alone.
Could your family live comfortably on £40k?
An article claimed that the average family of four needs £40k to live comfortably and I was all like “what?!” There are five of us, I’m the only earner and make significantly less, but we’re okay…
Tired Dad Redemption
Like millions of other gamers, I was more than a little excited about the release of Red Dead Redemption 2. What I didn’t expect to see in the much-anticipated title were some truths about parenting.
Why the ‘Share the Joy’ parental leave campaign misses the point
Shared parental leave is a brilliant idea on the face of it. Sadly, the way it has been organised in this country means it’s only available to a relative few. So I got rather annoyed and wrote about what a waste of effort and money it is.
Homework in primary school: how much is too much?
This was the first of two posts I wrote about homework and it led to a small flurry of media appearances – BBC Radio 4 and 5 Live, LBC and The Sunday Times if you must know – as well as my second post on the topic.
Why we should always celebrate getting something right
After reading a parenting article and realising we’re doing something right, it struck me that we’re so self-critical at times and should actually give ourselves a pat on the back now and then.
That concludes my best posts of 2018. Here’s to loads more in 2019!