Not so long ago, a friend commented on a photo of Albie that I'd uploaded to Facebook. 'You always take such great photos of your family' The friend said very kindly. 'Ah thanks. It's easy when they're so photogenic.' Came my unintentionally smug reply. But the truth of that matter has eaten away at me… Continue reading Baby photos on social media, the truth revealed
Last week Kay and I celebrated our five year wedding anniversary. How she has put up with being married to me for half a decade (and together for 13 years) I'll never know, but she has and I'm grateful for her persistence every day. We decided not to really celebrate it on the actual day… Continue reading The time we tried a date night without a babysitter
This morning I had a panic attack. I'm fine now. I used to have them all the time. Mainly because for ten or so years after graduating I worked in sales and recruitment jobs that sucked the passion from my soul and spat it out in the form of crippling anxiety attacks. But for the… Continue reading Dad guilt and how to live with it
Pick up any parenting book in Smiths and you’ll find an FAQ section with the same old ‘when can I feed my child solids?’ or ‘how warm should his room be?’. But the questions you’ll actually be asking yourself and thoughts you’ll be having when baby arrives are much more random. For example... 1. Whoever… Continue reading 10 random thoughts I’ve had since becoming a dad
Today’s got me thinking about things Sweden does really well (bear with me): 1. Kopparberg - Delicious, dangerously-drinkable cider that has been the foundation of many a drunken summer afternoon. 2. Ikea - Despite an average visit taking 18 months off your life, how else would us working folk furnish our homes? Not forgetting their… Continue reading Why I should move to Sweden to be a better dad
Earlier this week I was sat on the Piccadilly Line, gormlessly staring at an advertisement that promised to ‘make stocks and shares fun’, when two Sloaneys (public schooled, King’s Road types) got on clutching Mulberry handbags and perched themselves underneath said billboard. Next to them, just the other side of the glass partition stood a… Continue reading Why it’s actually a great time to bring a child into the world
I like to think of myself as someone who is fairly in touch with their emotions. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have to hold back the tears when watching heartstring-pullers like Surprise, Surprise, Comic Relief and the John Lewis Christmas advert.