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Being a father of five girls definitely does not qualify me as an expert in parenting!

I wrote on post on Medium a while back that has had more of a response than any other I’ve written.

When I talk about response, I’m not talking page views or claps, I’m talking about people adding response comments to the post.

Many of the responses are positive, acknowledging…


I wrote a post the other week about how Woody Allen and I had some things in common.

It was a post that focused on the fact that we both had ex-partners who did all in their power to make our relationships with our children hell.

Someone didn’t want to…


I’ll clarify the title of the post very early on in order to avoid any awkwardness.

  • I have NOT married someone who is 35 years younger than me
  • My wife is NOT the adopted daughter of a former lover
  • I have NOT been accused of sexual abuse
  • I have NOT…


Earlier in 2020, in the middle of the monotony of lockdown, my wife and I decided to liven up our ‘date’ nights and we started down the A-Z of movies.

The simple rule was that the first movie starts with A, the next with B, then C etc…

We also…


I’m 47.

When I was born in the UK in 1973, my life expectancy was a little over 69 years if things continued as they were.

Thankfully, medical care has improved slightly since then, so those clever healthcare people have added a few more years to my life, and now…


I recently signed up the Netmums forums because … well … I thought it would be fertile ground for some ideas for things to write about.

I have to have say, it never ceases to amaze me about the things people post on there, mainly for two reasons.

Firstly, I’m…


I was happily making a roast dinner the other day and Alexa was blasting out 80s tunes in order to keep me entertained, when for some reason my ear picked out a lyric from Jermaine Stewart’s “We don’t have to take our clothes off”.

What sort of a woman would…


I have to admit that I love it when someone backs up their opinion with science and data. Don’t just tell me what you think, show me that what you think is true.

David Walsh in Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids looks at the science behind memory, language, emotions, nutrition, and…


My in-laws live with us, in a lower ground floor flat, and they have a dog named Whisky.

He’s really my father-in-laws dog and he’s the one who takes him out for a walk, as it helps keep him fit and gives him some focus for his day.

Recently, my…


The tradition of giving presents at this time of year harks back to a number of historical events.

The Romans had a tradition of giving gifts during Saturnalia, which was a festival that began on the 17th of December and lasted until the 23rd, and of course, giving gifts at…

Father of Five

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