• The Art of Negotiation

    Negotiation with a childA discussion aimed at reaching an agreement which undoubtedly results in one member of the discussion crying until they get what they want. It’s a summer’s morning, we’ve been up since 6, all activities and toys in the four walls of our house have been exhausted, Ivy is growing irritable and the need for fresh air and open spaces has hit red alert status. So we hit the park, it’s just what we all needed, time away from Peppa, surrounded by screaming kids in the baking sun. There’s no way the location of the cafe/ice cream stand in the park isn’t planned, in fact I imagine the…

  • We’re On The Move

    We’re finally moving into our own house. A statement that over the last 2 years I felt like we would never say. I’m conscious that this might become a gigantic rant about the house-buying process and how much of a pain in the arse it is. But I’ll do my best to steer away from that. I’m 27, and living with my wife’s parents, a living situation that has been the same for over 2 years now. It’s rare I find people willing to put up with just me for that long, but throw in Meg and our daughter who is growing and becoming ever-more demanding by the day and…

  • Sleep, What’s That?

    Regardless of whether you’re a parent or not, throughout our adult life most of us think about sleep as much as possible. Getting that extra 5 minutes in bed in the morning can feel like the difference between actually making it through the day or falling asleep on the person next to you on the train. As parents-to-be, the people around you become experts in everything parenting, whether they’ve been through it or not. “You definitely don’t want to bottle feed”, “that’s really going to hurt”, but the absolute crowd favourite is “well, say goodbye to sleep”. The annoying thing about that last statement is the crowd are right. Your…