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This is piscine me off

A few weeks ago, Kate and I found ourselves sat on tiny chairs at tiny tables for parents evening when we were struck by a horrible realisation. Dylan’s teacher was busy telling us how well he was doing when she suddenly mentioned the fact that he will be starting swimming lessons after Easter. Argh! Kate had taken Dylan …

The man in the middle

A silver whistle.

When I was 15, I earned a little extra money refereeing kids’ football matches. I completed a Football Association qualification, persuaded my mum and dad to buy me all the necessary kit and soon found myself knee-deep in mud every Sunday. I was surrounded by kids who, for the most part, loved it and played the game with …

The new me

The new me? A toy made up of the parts of several well-known super heroes.

We had a bit of a scare recently. Xander fell down some stairs and we ended up in A&E. Amazingly, he was unscathed and is fine, so that’s fantastic. My reaction to the incident made me realise how much becoming a parent has changed me. Here are a few ways in which it has created …

No man is an island

A very small desert island surrounded by a calm sea.

“No man is an island” wrote the metaphysical poet John Donne once upon a time. The casual observer could be forgiven for thinking that I’ll feel like one on Saturday, though. I’ll be one of a select few men in a relative sea of women. Being a male parent blogger, I’m used to being outnumbered both …

KPIs for kids

Close-up image of a dart board with a dart in the bullseye

I had to come up with some objectives for the next quarter of the year at work recently. They’re a bit of a faff and always sound a little too strategic and impersonal for my liking, but I do see the point hidden behind all the business jargon and am well versed in outlining the achievements …

It’s a mystery…

The Mystery Machine.

I’ve been a dad for over three years now and have been blogging for a similar amount of time, so have gained all kinds of knowledge about the miniature people we call children and explored theories on here about why they say and do certain things. I think, for the most part, I’m pretty clued …