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I am a first time father in Northern Ireland. I originally decided to take Additional Paternity Leave last year to support my family and achieve a better work life balance when my daughter Sarah turned 6 months.It certainly threw up many many novel experiences which is why I have started a blog. The great news is that I am now going to be taking another period of shared parental leave next year following the birth of my second daughter Niamh so its going to be another adventure for us all!!

Is it Dad, Daddy, Father or Paul? Who knows, who cares?

Tweet Luke, I am your father! An epic line from one of the biggest movies of all time. Now lets imagine that line was “Luke, I am Darth” or even “Luke, I am daddy”. Would it have been remembered so…
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Choosing a family car, the sequel!

Tweet Following on from my post looking at Choosing a family car, part 1.  I now find myself going back to it as I now need an even bigger car as baby number 3 will be joining us in October!…
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Responsibility for irresponsible parenting?

Tweet So when do you step in? Keeping a watchful eye on our children 24/7 is tough, I think we would all agree on that. They move with lighting pace (apart from when you’re in a rush) and in a…
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Controlling your heating, saving money and helping the kids sleep!

Tweet As I watched my Facebook timeline this past few days of extremely hot weather lots of parents were posting pictures of the temperature in their children’s bedrooms I began to think about a product I bought late last year.…
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How do we explain terrorism to our children?

Tweet Watching the news over the past few weeks it’s clear that the world is becoming a more fragile and scary place. Deplorable attacks which can never be justified no matter what. Now it turns out that there was an…
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“I`m sure you`re hoping for a boy” and other wrong assumptions..

Tweet I’m sure you’re hoping for a boy! If I had a £1 for every time i have heard that in recent weeks I`d be a very rich man, maybe not rich persay, but I’d certainly be more wealthy than…
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Dad goals and the importance of sticking to them!

Tweet As I stepped out of the swimming pool having struggled to swim more than a couple of full-lengths I thought to myself why bother, why am I doing this what’s the point? I mean I am a 40 year…
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Nothing positive about Northern Ireland nursery criteria discrimination!

Tweet Its been a while, so long in fact that I had forgotten my password! I guess I`ve been kinda busy, adjusting to part time working, completing my CIPD and coping with two growing little ladies everyday. And it was…
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“Meternity”, a typing mistake or just generally a mistake? I`m not so sure..

Tweet I recently watched an article on this morning about a lady who had written a fictional book in which it appeared she was saying that women should be allowed some “me” time from their employers and change this the…
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4 learnings from 4 weeks shared parental leave.

Tweet As I am now in my 5th week of shared parental leave I thought I would share some of my learnings so far with two daughters under two, 1, ITS AWESOME! No but serious its fantastic and one of…
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