Being a stay at home dad and dad blogger I'm part of many Facebook dad groups and parenting Instagram communities and it's clear to me that as schools wind down for their summer breaks that this is 'Sports Day Season'. I see all the lovely pictures of kids racing and holding up medals. Lovely, smiley, happy kids.
Social media does that though, doesn't it? No one shares a photo of an apprehensive child, no one shares a photo of the child that didn't want to race
So, I’ve written about TV before and the struggle to watch it as a parent but let’s just pretend that all the planets in the cosmos line up and your nocturnal kids are settled in bed and it’s just you and your partner and the immortal words are spoken
Will we watch something on Netflix?
Now to the uninitiated this idea will sound like heaven; ‘a beautiful moment snuggled up as a couple ‘without kids’ on the couch’ but those of you with a partner with different taste in TV will know that this is the slippery slope into the 7th level of hell. No scratch that this is the descent into ‘argumentative purgatory’
An 86-year-old woman murdered in a “targeted” fire attack on her unique 'candy home' last Saturday has been named by the Enchanted Forest Police
Ima Notawitch (known locally as 'the witch') was killed during the dawn blaze at her property in the centre of the Enchanted forest. This 'colourful character' 'mysteriously appeared' in the area in recent times and proceeded to painstakingly construct a home from gingerbread and other candy based materials in the hope of finding favour with the locals, mainly working class fairytale folk.
Just look at her up above, the picture of innocence. Bella and I spent the day together doing the usual; running a few errands, shopping, cleaning, playing with blocks, reading books and of course: watching the Gruffallo for the millionth time.
I’ve recently quit work to become a stay at home dad (as regular readers of my blog will know). To be able to afford this we’ve had to tighten our belts, quite a bit. Now I’ve always been a bargain hunter (or ‘a real Scrooge’ as my wife would probably describe it) but I have used this to my advantage since becoming a stay at home dad. I see it as a skill, saving money.
She’ll come home from the shops with something and ask my opinion and I’ll say, “That’s nice, was it expensive?” and she actually won’t know. Now, I’m not talking about the whole ‘pretending not to know, conveniently lost the receipt and tags, its more expensive than a small car’ kind of ‘I don’t know’ but that …..she just doesn’t know. As for me, I’ll know how much something is in 2 or 3 different shops. I get a buzz off saving money. Hmmmm maybe she’s onto something and I am slightly ‘Scroogey’ after all.
I recently wrote a post about how I had turned into my mother and received a great response from it. Apparently we've all turned into our parents at some stage in the past (if you haven't don't worry, or actually do worry, there's still time).
Most of us seem to have come to the same conclusion over a phrase that we heard in the past being uttered by ourselves, so I put it out there to the parent blogger community and this is what they had to say....
Daddy Poppins asks...... 'When did you know you had turned into your mother/father?'
I have been nominated for the 10 for 10 blogger award by One Hull of a Mum, One Hull of a Dad (yes, they ganged up on me) and Lycrawidow. If you click on their names you will be transported magically via the wonder of t'interwebs to their posts for 10 for 10. Look I'm sure this is just a tag they've stuck the word 'award' on to make you feel special and actually do it. Other words wheres my trophy eh?
They call it 10 for 10 because you ask 10 people to name 10 celebrities/famous people that they would like to get Jiggy with or invite to dinner.
I would like to thank Cheryl from Mummy of 5 miracles for creating this tag. Firstly, she is great, I love her honest reviews and the way she doesn’t take life seriously (bar how seriously she takes being the best mother she can be). It’s clear from her blog and the way she is that her family mean the world to her and I’m sure the feeling is reciprocated. I’ve no doubt she’s a wonderful mam and if you haven’t read her posh chicken recipe then do so, (it’s not your normal recipe). Secondly, I think she’s come up with a really great idea with this tag and the fact that she thought of it as a way to instil confidence in others through praise and honesty (about what she perceives to be her own flaws) shows what a kind hearted person she is.. We’ve chatted on twitter (you can catch her here) and always had good fun and #bantz (as the kids say) but I never knew she enjoyed my blog. I honestly thought we’d just ended up in the same ‘twitter tribe’ and that was it. If this tag hadn’t been created I’d never have known that she loved my blog. It really made my day.
I read an article previously that said you turn into your mother by the age of 27. Now granted this ‘article’(and I use the term very very loosely) was probably in one of the various women’s magazines I buy my wife to stay in the good books (by keeping her up to her neck in celebrity gossip, instead of thinking up jobs for me to do).
I’m 37, a full 10 years off but it has definitely happened. I don’t know why its taken me an extra 10 years, maybe its because ….I’m a man? maybe its because 30 is the new 20 (again women’s magazines told me this) who knows! Maybe its because I secretly* read women’s magazines (also white jeans are making a comeback in summer 2017, but that’s a story for another day).
Did you know that sleep deprivation is the main cause of martial problems and family stress?
In a recent survey of 1 wife, conducted in my house*. 100% of housewives felt it contributed to stress in the household. (However in the same survey it was also found that the husband used to blurt all their secrets out on the internet and no matter how he came across online was generally a grumpy bollocks in person ( sleep or no sleep)).
There was uproar today in a special sitting of the Far Far Away Circuit court over the downgraded charge and lenient sentencing of wealthy youth in a breaking and entering case (which has been dubbed the 'Goldilocks and the Bears' case by the media).
Detectives in the Enchanted Forest area of Far Far Away are asking for the public's help in identifying and apprehending a suspect in a recent breaking-and-entering incident. A short golden haired suspect is still at large.
We were asked to go on the Rathwood Easter Train and let you fine people know what we thought (* We were provided with free tickets for review purposes). It is egg-sactly the kind of thing we had planned for the midterm and so didn’t take me long to say yes, especially as it combines 3 of my favourite things; family fun days, chocolate and really really bad Easter puns. I was egg-static to be going, especially as I didn’t have to shell out for the tickets.
So, we hatched a plan to go on the first Monday of the midterm and we got up that morning all egg-cited. I’m not yolking! We hopped in the car off we went, haring down the motorway. It’s only just over an hour from our home in Kilmeaden, County Waterford to Rathwood, on the Wicklow/Carlow border. We were meeting cousins there, they travelled from just outside Wexford town and it took them egg-sactly an hour to arrive.
It's the day of my little mans 7th Birthday. So I've decided to ask him some questions. I intend to do this every birthday from here on to document the changes in his life. So without further adeiu ...let's get stuck in.