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Review: Planet Parent by Mark Woods

The front cover of Planet Parent by Mark Woods.

I’ve always been interested in how other cultures approach the ever-evolving learning process that is parenting. We’ve got a fair few friends in France, so have tried certain techniques from across the channel on the boys. It’s fair to say that we’ve experienced varying degrees of success. So I was pleased to be offered a copy of this recent …

How not to write about dads

As a blogger, I’m always on the lookout for things to write about – particularly now I’m a freelancer too – so I’m subscribed to a number of emails about topics related to parenting and, in particular, the role of dads. It was no surprise then that the subject line of the latest email update from …

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 …