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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!!
Does having kids mean you are a grown up?

Does having kids mean you are a grown up?

12 Years ago today I went travelling “around the world” as they say, seeing some amazing places and meeting some great people along the way. This morning I was chatting online with the two friends I went on my adventure with. One lives in Australia, one Dublin and me in Belfast. As the chat progressed I mentioned how times changed and one of the guys said that looking at my pictures of my little one (8 months) and the other…

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A new beginning, sort of…Updated 260115

A new beginning, sort of…Updated 260115

Hi Guys, quick first post. I have plenty of blog ideas going on particularly with the broken hand,  the baby being more mobile every day and this (anything but easy) switch to self hosted. Starting to think I should have waited longer but c`est la vie as they say. I`m going to spend a few days when I get a minute making my new site my own so there will be fewer new posts for a few days so please…

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Moving day has arrived…..

Moving day has arrived…..

Hi Guys, Having spoken for a while about migrating to self hosting I am now taking that step, my new site will be funkydaddy.net, please come and visit me soon. Hopefully if the process works well it will be all up and running in no time. It is however 10pm and I`m knackered but need to do this now as I keep finding excuses not to…who knows, if its easy I can say I did it left handed! From myself…

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Liebster Award and the ticking clock..

Liebster Award and the ticking clock..

THE LIEBSTER AWARD I was nominated for the above award about one month ago now and have been delayed replying, sorry. I was nominated by the brilliant Matt who has blogs on The UnsimpleLife, an awesome blog about his quirky experiences as a first time dad, I recommend you check it out,http://wp.me/5kgrw. Thank you for the nomination, I was truly surprised! I do however feel bad that it has taken me so long to reply, this was due to Christmas…

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New Shared Parental Leave laws – 10 things you need to know

New Shared Parental Leave laws – 10 things you need to know

10 Key and succinct points about the impending changes to shared parental leave in the UK…a must read for parents to be in 2015 in the UK! New Shared Parental Leave laws – 10 things you need to know.

Perceptions of stay at home dads changing, but slowly..

Perceptions of stay at home dads changing, but slowly..

Just found this excellent article from another stay at home dad in Ireland, I can relate so much to what he says in my current position as daddy day care, http://jrnl.ie/1829000 Gave me time to think about my previous experience with additional paternity leave, http://wp.me/p5j2mt-t   P

Babies and the day to day complications you don`t think about!

Babies and the day to day complications you don`t think about!

Hi, having been the stay at home parent now for some weeks I have made several observations about now having a baby which I had never thought about. We all know the big changes which occur for example your sleep time is now dictated by a little person, your eating habits go out the window and your social life, well it just ends (temporarily). But as I brought my little one to see her grandparents over the weekend I realised…

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A bell, a bauble and a baby at Christmas!

A bell, a bauble and a baby at Christmas!

What a magical day yesterday as we saw the delight on our Daughters face as she saw the Christmas tree at home for the first time. She even had her own special bauble and bell  to place on the tree and being the clever girl she is she picked where she wanted them (down around her height!). What a great day and I feel brilliant knowing that we made the right decision for me to go on to additional paternity…

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Additional paternity leave, why do it? and why not?

Additional paternity leave, why do it? and why not?

Hi, I am writing this as someone who last worked 4 weeks ago today as I have started additional paternity leave to look after our daughter. So what is APL? In a nut shell its when the mother goes back to work after 26 weeks and the father takes the remaining 13 weeks. There is some information out there found with a quick search but nothing near as much information as you can find for maternity leave. Some good information…

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