Christmas Parenting Bingo

The Christmas holidays are here and, if you're anything like me, you're not quite ready. In our case, we're largely sorted in terms of shopping and so on, but not mentally or emotionally prepared. This isn't ideal as the break between terms two and three this year is the best part of three weeks. With three ...

Why do people buy Panettone at Christmas?

I pride myself on dealing with important questions on Diary of the Dad. So here's one that has been troubling me for years. Why do people buy Panettone at Christmas? For ten months or so, it vanishes from our thoughts. But then, as December approaches, it suddenly appears again. People go mad for it, leaving me flummoxed. Why? ...

My five festive fails

I've been a parent for over seven years. I've also been blogging about it for the same amount of time. You'd think that writing about my experience of parenting would focus my thoughts and improve my approach as a result. Well if recent events are anything to go by, I've learned nothing. In my defence - ...