preparing for labour
Fatherhood

Preparing for labour

Last night my wife’s stomach held a little samba party as our baby wriggled and kicked as it prepares to see the light of day. It is at this moment I realised I don’t have much time left before everything changes. It’s about time we started preparing for labour. The baby is due in a …

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Shared perental leave
Fatherhood

Shared Parental Leave

Paternity leave is terrible The UK statutory two-week Paternity period is inadequate. You get the equivalent of a yearly holiday to acclimatise to the biggest change in your life, only to return to work and carry on as normal. I can’t be the only one who feels that arriving back to work after two weeks …

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Childcare
Fatherhood

The childcare opportunity for fathers

Yes, it’s true. My wife earns more than me. In fact, my wife has always earned more than me. It used to bother me a bit when we first got together, but after a short while, I got over it and hadn’t thought about this situation since. Roll on this week; my partner and I …

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Buying a pushchair
Products

Buying a pushchair: A beginner’s guide to pushchairs

When it comes to children, I am all about the empowerment of men. Fathers should be level pegging with their partners when it comes to all aspects of parenting. Unfortunately, that means we also have to want to learn about certain subjects such as pushchairs. I don’t know anything about pushchairs Welcome to my world. …

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WW1 Trip
Travel

Ypres WW1 Trip

I love history, especially military history. The efforts of certain human beings to dictate and control the courses of history has always fascinated me. A Ypres WW1 trip is therefore right down my alley. It all started with a podcast I decided that I wanted to see some of the Ypres WW1 sites after listening …

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Making teaching fun
Education

Making Teaching Fun

All you need is a spark. I have a story about making teaching fun. I was in a history lesson, studying the Battle of Hastings in 1066 at about the age of nine or ten. My teacher, Mr Morris started to tell us about the historical period from the front of the room, introducing the …

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What kind of father I want to be
Fatherhood

What kind of father I want to be

A big question with potentially no actual answer. A few days ago I pondered on the future of my child, concluding that to wonder about it was irrelevant as I can’t control the future. But surely the way I behave is completely under my control. I can choose what kind of father I want to …

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predicting my child's future
Fatherhood

Predicting my child’s future

Becoming a dad is a challenging thought to overcome. There are so many known unknowns to contend with, let alone the unknown unknowns that you can’t fathom. You are dealing with someone else’s life. A small human being, unique in personality that will grow within the context of a distinct situation you can’t control. There …

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Singing to the bump
Fatherhood

Singing to the bump? Embrace the experience!

I am a terrible singer; my voice is one long monotonous drone. The only time I think I can get away with singing is within a group of drunks bellowing out Oasis songs, even then I sound bad! So when my wife suggested singing to the bump, I wasn’t quite sure how to react. It’s …

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