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Author: Daddy1

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!!
Choosing a family car, the sequel!

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 read numerous articles and reviews from sites such as autotrader http://www.autotrader.co.uk/content/advice/top-5-family-car-buying-tips which have given me food for thought and helped narrow the choices but I’m not quite decided, just yet.. So what’s different this time, I still need to think about…

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Responsibility for irresponsible parenting?

Responsibility for irresponsible parenting?

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 blink of an eye they’re away leaving you in a blind panic. They also don’t have much sense and will often find themselves in an equal amount of funny and potentially dangerous situations. What prompted this you ask? Well I was…

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Controlling your heating, saving money and helping the kids sleep!

Controlling your heating, saving money and helping the kids sleep!

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. This was to help me manage control of heading off temperatures in my house and also how to save money (in the long-term) this (picture)was around 8.30 pm and it never dropped below 23.5 overnight. So everyone wants to save money,…

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How do we explain terrorism to our children?

How do we explain terrorism to our children?

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 Irish link to one of the London attackers and you begin to think could Ireland, either North or South, be attacked by the terrorists in the future? As a father of two young daughter’s with a third baby on the way…

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“I`m sure you`re hoping for a boy” and other wrong assumptions..

“I`m sure you`re hoping for a boy” and other wrong assumptions..

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 I am now. You see, our family of four will be becoming five in October, exciting times in the McCann household.   As you do, we waited until after the initial 12 weeks before going beyond our immediate family and telling…

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Dad goals and the importance of sticking to them!

Dad goals and the importance of sticking to them!

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 old man with better things to be doing. So why exactly am I doing it? I’ve two children at home, limited sleep and no regular pattern in daily life as yet? Ironically that’s exactly why I was doing it in the…

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“Meternity”, a typing mistake or just generally a mistake? I`m not so sure..

“Meternity”, a typing mistake or just generally a mistake? I`m not so sure..

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 name “meternity” . Covered widely in UK press as seen here in the mirror Mirror coverage Personally I thought it sounded ridiculous to start with and wouldn’t normally give oxygen to such stories but then I listened and whilst I still…

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4 learnings from 4 weeks shared parental leave.

4 learnings from 4 weeks shared parental leave.

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 the best decision we have ever made as a family, yes it can be taxing at times and there are no clocking off times or lunchtime when you can switch off but the smiles and giggles make it all worth while…

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An Easter holiday with a little piece of Irish history!

An Easter holiday with a little piece of Irish history!

We recently took a trip to Dublin over the Easter holidays. Nothing new for us grabbing a quick weekend away when we’re both off but this weekend coincided with the 100th anniversary of the Easter rising which meant it was going to be busy with hundreds of thousands expected in the city on the Sunday for the ceremony and celebrations. So why go to Dublin then if we knew it would be so busy? Simple really, primarily we  wanted to…

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Is it worth working and paying childcare?

Is it worth working and paying childcare?

As we are a few months away from both returning to work full time we are starting to contemplate what this means for our two cherubs.Two daughters The initial and natural thought I think is to start looking at nurseries and daycare, get prices, pick one, deal done! But unfortunately it’s not that simple. The first issue we came across was that we didn’t actually want anyone else looking after our kids, after all they are the most precious things…

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