• 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…