My best posts of 2020

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I know I speak for us all when I say we’re all glad to see the back of 2020. It has been a truly awful year for everyone, so I’m not going to dwell on that.

Even so, I think it’s always important to look back at the end of each year before looking forward to the next.

So I’m doing what I usually do at this time of year and looking back at my best posts of 2020.

This was the first full year in a long time when I wasn’t a full-time blogger, so there are far fewer posts to choose from.

The flip side is that, without the strictures of my blog being my job, I’ve been free to write what I want, when I want.

So, in a way, my blog has gone full circle since that first post a decade ago. Anyway, enough waffle. Here are my best posts of 2020…

How to watch a family film in 33 easy steps

It’s just the right time of year for ignoring the great outdoors and sitting down as a family to enjoy a film instead, so we’ll start with this one.

Of course, things don’t always go to plan and you end up questioning your own wisdom for suggesting it in the first place.

An Elsa doll on a toy toilet. Are there big differences between girls and boys? Not in our house!

Big differences between girls and boys? Not in our house!

Are there any major differences between those with XX and XY chromosomes? Well, the title spoils my take on it.

But this post features Frozen’s Elsa on the ‘throne’ and the fact that my daughter seems to identify as a goblin princess…

The Princess and the Peas

This post is about a Disney-obsessed youngster’s flat-out refusal to eat vegetables. And the fact that bribery doesn’t always work.

It also serves to remind that, however many children you have, you can easily forget how you overcame this parenting battle on previous occasions.

Why ‘just wing it’ is my parenting philosophy

There are all kinds of approaches to parenting out there and different things work for different people. Mine is to make it up as I go along.

This isn’t as irresponsible as it may seem, though. Here’s why improvising works for me

A child jumping on a trampoline. Looking for the silver linings in worrying times.

Looking for the silver linings in worrying times

Desperate to stay positive during the first lockdown, I wondered whether any positives could come out of it. And I found a fair few.

Of course, everything has got worse since then, but I think this makes it all the more important to always have an eye out for good news.

Five TV dads I can relate to during lockdown

Another lockdown one, but a different tone altogether. Inspired by the sheer amount of telly I binged on, I wondered how some of the TV dads I’d been watching would fare in a pandemic.

Rather alarmingly, I realised I have much in common with a fictional serial killer and a Brummie gangster. Warning: contains sweary gifs.

Ah well, never mind

Until a colleague pointed out that I utter the title of this post rather a lot, I hadn’t realised it was in my lexicon. It turns out that it’s probably the closest thing I have to a catchphrase.

On further examination, I’ve decided it’s a great mantra for life. Furthermore, my kids chose a T-shirt with it on for my birthday present!

An ice cream van with a 'flake news' sign claiming it is out of stock.

Flake news!

Annoyed by an ice cream outside our house at the kids’ bedtime, I resorted to a small fib. You know the one: said vans only play music when out of stock. And the kids believed me!

So this blog post is my proud defence of lying to my children for an easier life.

I’m officially an embarrassing parent

A proud parenting milestone achieved without even trying and a good few years ahead of schedule. I should give a special mention to Jeff Lynne OBE too.

If he hadn’t written the song Telephone Line, I may have had to dance in public to reach the dizzy heights of embarrassing parent so early on.

Five things my school starter shouldn’t already know

Being the youngest child of three is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, you get more hand-me-downs. On the other, you already know way too much before you start school.

This post is basically a list of the things I really hope she doesn’t mention in the classroom.

So, there you go. My best posts of 2020. I’m looking forward to writing plenty more in 2021.

Happy New Year!

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