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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!!

Everything you ever wanted to know about Shared parental leave but were afraid to ask..

As we approach the third anniversary of the launch of shared parental leave on 05/04//2015 I started thinking about why the uptake is so poor. Most of the online focus looks at the financial impacts but there is nothing looking…
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Choosing your own adventure with a blank canvas…

I was going to call this post “Choose your own adventure books, the adult version”, but I thought that may have attracted you for the wrong reasons! Following on from my previous post Redundancy and a young family I found my first…
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Redundancy? But you have a young family….

Redundancy? but you have a young family.. The words I heard from a colleague I’ve known many years this week when they found out about some company moves which could mean redundancy for me. I’m certain my colleague was being…
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Baby number three, the start of the end of blogging?

As my domain renewal e mails continue to come I started thinking, do I really need to do this? I’ve been away for so long so what’s the point? Before I answer that, hello! 👋 Is been too long. Why…
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An ode to the school run.. My poetic ramblings.

Being new to the whole school drop off thing I was inspired to write a post, then it became a poem as my mind wandered amongst the various ramblings of my 2 and 3 year olds. Topics ranging from dinner…
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Rhythm and Rhyme after such a long time (Moving forward, aesthetically anyway!)

Rhythm and Rhyme playgroup

Having been off the agenda for quite some time due to refurbishment of my local library I returned to the rhythm and rhyme playgroup today after a 15 month exile. This could be the end of the rhythm and rhyme…
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Parenting and building work, a labour of love!

Parenting during building work

We all know the drill (no pun intended), you’re getting work done to the house. We know it’s going to be messy, loud and expensive, just like having young children around really! So let’s have a look as I reflect…
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A visit to the obnoxious little porker aka Peppa pig world!

Peppa meets the McCanns!

​Peppa world, the world of the obnoxious little porker we all have a love hate relationship with as she entertains our children in her cheeky petulant way. So why did we go? Well for our children of course! For me…
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Is it Dad, Daddy, Father or Paul? Who knows, who cares?

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 well?…
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Choosing a family car, the sequel!

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! I’ve…
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