Want to be overwhelmed with a choice of things to see and do with your children? Never a dull moment. Surviving the holidays and the antidote to ‘I’m bored!’. Read on.

July 2017

GoMunkee asks – The school summer holidays – are we parents or slaves?

By | July 14th, 2017|Boys, Family, Family Life, Girls, Holidays, Parents' survival|

Dearest Kids, The summer holidays are upon us and you've just Brexited school.  You'll want to get the most out of the weeks ahead, so I'm planning to be at your disposal 24/7 to ensure it all goes well. Firstly, you have my complete approval to leave your stuff wherever you want this summer. Empty [...]

June 2017

The parenting choice – laugh or go mad

By | June 30th, 2017|Family, Family Life, Grandparents, Parenting, Parents' survival|

There’s no end of advice contained in the thousands of parenting books lining the bookshelves to help us in our quest to raise our kids. Doctors, academics, child psychologists, therapists and experts are primed, ready to tell us how to handle this parenting lark. Nobody said it was going to be easy, but we’re muddling [...]

Stuff dads don’t like to admit to

By | June 1st, 2017|Family, Family Life, Parents' survival|

By Louis Hampson Five and a half years in as a father – three children and a painful vasectomy later – I’ve found myself reflecting  (with lashings of guilt) on the banalities and realities of parenting. How is it possible to be immensely proud and completely mind-numbed at the same time?  I don't know how my [...]

October 2016

Tick, tock, tick tock…

By | October 5th, 2016|Family, Family Life, Parenting, Parents' survival|

Before you start reading, I’d just like to warn you that this is a rant.  A rant born out of frustration with, well... not getting enough and not making the most of it whenever I’m lucky enough to get some.  No, it’s not what you’re thinking. There’s a rarefied commodity to which we’re all entitled [...]

June 2016

Referendum: Why we’ll be making the wrong decision for our children on 23 June

By | June 14th, 2016|Family Life, Parents' survival|

I remember a phase my young sons went through when they challenged each other with scenarios starting with, ‘Would you rather…?’ ‘Would you rather be eaten by a tiger or a shark?’  ‘Would you rather die of heat in a desert or freeze to death in the Arctic?’  That type of thing.  Some challenges were [...]

December 2015

In shock. My son’s secret life

By | December 6th, 2015|Boys, Family Life, Parents' survival, Teens|

I was shocked to discover something my 14 year old son does at other people's houses. Something he would never do at home. Various parents had hinted at this, and I refused to believe them. But last night, Daniel confessed. After a meal, he will take his plate, cutlery and glass and stack them in [...]