Tag Archives: behaviour

Here come the stroppy sevens

A child who is clearly going through the stroppy sevens.

I’ve been a parent for almost seven years. In that time, I’ve learned lots about kids’ behaviour and how to at least try and manage it. I’ve negotiated both the terrible twos and threenagers twice and emerged unscathed. The latest challenge would now appear to be here. From what I’ve witnessed so far, the stroppy …

My best posts of 2016

A selection of images from the best posts of 2016 on Diary of the Dad.

There’s no getting away from it, 2016 has been a monumentally depressing year. As well as Brexit, Trump and the loss of so many great talents, it’s been generally bad for everyone I know. Like most, I can’t wait to see the back of 2016 but I think it’s still important to find positives where …

Dumb and Dumber

  I’ve always thought of all of my kids as pretty bright but recent events have got me wondering whether I’ve been wearing rose-tinted glasses and that two of them may in fact be a Dumb and Dumber tribute act. As Amelie is just short of six months old I’m excluding her – even though she …

Summer madness

Ah, the summer holidays. Six weeks to fill with entertaining activities to keep kids occupied and parents sane. I’m failing miserably at both. Having just gone freelance, I’ve had to hide away and work as much as possible and it also means that we can’t afford a holiday or as many days out as we’d like. …

Lord of the manners

I’ve always stood up for good manners and we’ve always tried to instil them in Dylan and Xander. For the most part, they’re polite little lads who know when to say please and thank you and also when to be kind to others. Teaching good etiquette isn’t always easy though – especially when our efforts are undermined …

Masters of farts

Having two little boys and an innate ability to laugh at childish things myself, I always knew that they would discover toilet humour one day. I think I could be forgiven for thinking that it would take them a little longer than it actually has to realise the downright hilarity of faecal matter and private parts, but that time …

Cache me if you can

Cushions on a sofa.

Lord Lucan, Shergar and several ships and planes that veered off course somewhere in the vicinity of a geometric shape in the northern Atlantic Ocean. They’re all more than likely stuffed down the back of my sofa. Ever since Xander became mobile, Dylan has become more protective of things that he perceives as his. He …

Tiny temper

Xander with a right face on him

I knew this day would come. It did with Dylan and there was no reason to expect Xander to somehow dodge this inevitable landmark, but it’s still caught me off guard. He’s started giving us hints of what he’s going to be like when he’s angry. And, yes, the early indications are that we’re not …

The youth of today…

A man diving into a lake.

It’s finally happened; I’m coming out with the kind of line widely associated with old people. Jokingly, of course, but that’s the first step. You know the kind of remark, usually something relating to ‘the youth of today’ and there being a general lack of respect for their elders. Now I know this is a bit …