Family life

A new way of thinking?

A chalk drawing of a thought bubble. A new way of thinking?

It’s amazing how much parenting can change you as a person. I’ve learned all kinds of new skills, plus incredible amounts about a vast array of topics. Perhaps the biggest change, however, is one that is there 24 hours a day yet is rarely consciously considered. It seems to have given me a new way …

The Princess and the Peas

A close-up of peas. The Princess and the Peas.

One thing that never ceases to amaze me about parenting is my ability to forget things. Specifically how to negotiate tricky phases. And, yes, we’re in one of those at the moment. I call this particular tale of parenting woe The Princess and the Peas. You see, youngest seems to have something against vegetables. And, despite …

I’ve taken myself for a mug

A man holding eight mugs.

Being a natural-born pedant, I’ve always had a bit of an issue with Alanis Morisette’s song, Ironic. Why? Well, most of the examples of so-called irony cited in it aren’t ironic at all. They can mostly be attributed to misfortune or bad forward planning. Rain on your wedding day, for example, is a statistical likelihood …