• An Honest Review of Kids TV

    If the multiple lockdowns resulted in you binge-watching more telly than you thought humanly possible, then you have been in good company here. If I hadn’t escaped the house for a run, we re-watched every Friends episode, were, and continue to be, mentally scarred by Hand Maid’s Tale, and I watched the American Office all the way through for the third (or fourth?) time. Despite the world opening up again, Netflix is still a comfort blanket in my life. I sometimes have it on in the background to add some more life to our house on a working day or stare vacantly at during the peak of lockdown to kill…

  • 10 Easy Steps to Waking Up Earlier

    It’s 4:55 am as I write this. I’m not awake because I want to be. My kickstart to the day is the result of a restless and poorly 4-year-old daughter, who insists she can no longer sleep in her room. And, if she doesn’t get a portion of my side of the bed, well then apparently the rest of the street is going to know about it. I won’t cut the blog short here though. The answer isn’t to have children and use them as an unwanted and whiney alarm clock. I have a bit more advice than that. Despite my grumblings about being up at this time, knowing full…

  • Living with a ‘Threenager’

    As a parent, it’s likely you will have experienced or been warned about the phases your child will go through. For example, sleep regression phases. Just when you thought you had some peaceful nights ahead of you, NOPE your kid has different ideas and wants to wake up every two hours. Then you’re warned about the ‘terrible twos’, tantrums are frequent, visits to the shops with a child in tow bring on a cold sweat, with the vision of a snotty, crying tornado stomping their foot because they’ve been told they can’t hold something they’ve seen in the shop. And then we have the ‘threenager’. Now, I always thought this…

  • Here we go again: Baby Number Two

    We recently found out we’re going to be parents again. We also found out ‘it’ will be a boy. I always assumed having been a Dad for nearly four years now would take away any feelings of apprehension or nerves of every scan, check-up, and the overall prospect of being a parent, but it doesn’t. All the feelings are the same; every scan has had my heart in my throat, the thought of all the gear we’re going to need makes me and my bank account sweat, and to add to this niggling feeling of anxiety, we’re having a boy! Which, of course, is incredibly exciting, having had our little…

  • World Book Day: Book Ideas for Kids

    World Book Day changes lives through a love of books and shared reading. Their mission is to promote reading for pleasure, offering every child and young person the opportunity to have a book of their own. The last time I got involved in World Book Day was way back when I was still in primary school and I went to school dressed as Captain Underpants (my favourite book at the time). It was the perfect excuse to continue being a bit of a class clown by wearing a pair of boxers over my school trousers. Primary school is where I started to take an interest in reading outside of the…

  • Wardrobe Wars – Our toddler won’t get dressed

    Having confirmed that my latest post, ‘The Battle of Bedtime‘ resulted in a draw. We’re now onto Wardrobe Wars! Getting dressed in ‘nice’ clothes feels like a distant memory. As the lockdowns have rolled on, routines have changed and with that so has my wardrobe. Looking back I wish I hadn’t moaned about the jobs where I had to commute on a train, mid-summer, sweating my life away in a suit and tie. Ok right now I might not wish to be on a delayed train back from Birmingham, but I’d give my big toe to be going somewhere dressed up! Instead, I’ve sort of evolved into joggers and a…

  • The Battle of Toddler Bedtime

    It’s been a while since I’ve spoken about anything parenting related on here. I’d say that’s because our life has been within the four walls of our home. Either trying to keep ourselves entertained or our three and a half year old happy, having already exhausted the park visit by 11 am. The struggles we’ve had will match those of millions of parents, so if you’re out there and you’re screaming into a pillow because your son/daughter “wants to do something else” within a matter of seconds after you’ve spent 20 minutes setting an activity up for them, then I’m with you, and I feel your pain. One battle I…

  • Routine? What’s that? – Trying out a SAD light.

    Remember before all this COVID business, when your alarm would go off in the morning and you’d know your commitments for the next 2 hours? Likely some breakfast, a shower, put on a suit (remember them?), and then your commute. That’s a smooth run anyway. In the real world, you’d throw in some variables like forgetting to iron your shirt, where you chucked your keys after beers on Saturday night, or perhaps a toddler who wants to play Mexican standoff when you’re already running late for the train. It may not have been plain sailing, but at least it was some kind of routine. Goodbye routine, Hello sweatpants You might…

  • Running in Lockdown

    Lockdown has brought on a lot of changes to our routines. My commute to work now consists of walking downstairs to the dining room instead of wrestling with traffic. The pre-school run, once a stressful military-style exercise, trying to shoehorn a wriggling toddler into her car seat, has now become an enjoyable experience (most days!). And, when I want to have my porridge for breakfast, I no longer have to queue for the communal microwave in the office kitchen that smells like my colleagues fish lunch from the day before. While it would be just as easy to highlight the countless negatives of the situation we’re in, I think the…

  • Is Tik Tok appropriate for kids?

    Last night, I rounded off the year with what will be my final zoom quiz call of 2020. Something both my liver will be grateful for and my brain, as I can no longer find quiz questions I haven’t used before. Anyway, in my hunt for new questions, I came to find that Tik Tok has 800 million worldwide users (WTF?!). Despite that gargantuan figure, for those that aren’t aware, a very basic description of Tik Tok is a video creation and sharing social media app popular amongst “young people”, usually filled with dances, cringe-worthy ‘comedy’ or tips, and food hack videos. Social Media Tsunami Now, social media isn’t a…