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The best lies our children tell..

The best lies our children tell..

They don’t know they’re doing it most of the time but children have an incredible knack of telling lies. Got me thinking what are the most common lies they tell so I started a list .. “I don’t need to go to the toilet” . Yes the old classic, you know that within the first mile in the car they’ll need the loo. Taking the P, quite literally! “It wasn’t me” yes another corker, usually heard as they hold something…

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

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 at the personal impact. I’m going to chronicle my journey over the next few weeks primarily looking at the impacts on day to day life around work, family, social life etc.. So you’re contemplating joining the exclusive 1% club? You…

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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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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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Our big Radio debut!

Our big Radio debut!

Following on from Our big screen debut last October we were today invited to take part in an interview on a local radio station, Radio Ulster. The topic of the interview was inequality around childcare with a recent report suggesting women in Northern Ireland do more than double that of their male counterparts whilst in the Republic of Ireland it indicated that men do as little as 7% of childcare. Being in my position, a week away from starting my second period of shared parental leave, I was…

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Twins or two under two, which is more difficult to parent?

Twins or two under two, which is more difficult to parent?

I was having a conversation recently around how exhausting it can be with 2 kids under 2 years old when someone in the company said it is probably worse than having twins. This got me thinking, would it actually be worse than having twins?!?   I wouldn`t know not having twins myself. What I do know is this, it is great to have had a little bit of a break between Sarah and Niamh but also think it may have…

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A picture perfect moment it cetainly was not!

A picture perfect moment it cetainly was not!

So we decided today it would be a good idea to have a stroll along the local Lagan towpath and feed the ducks on a first such occasion as a family of four. Armed with a full loaf of bread approaching its sell by date we approached a quiet peer and started to break up the bread gradually encouraging some of the ducks and swans to approach as my wife and kids stayed back. I quickly was surrounded by a…

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Do dad’s to be nest?

Do dad’s to be nest?

In the past few weeks as we await the arrival of baby number two ( now 5 days late!)  I have began to ponder if dads to be nest in a similar vein to other animals. Why I hear you ask,  well I now have a sense of urgency to carry out tasks or chores which I have pervious let linger. Example being painting the decking,  yes it’s late August and I know we will probably get limited use of…

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Disappointed when finding out babies gender!

Disappointed when finding out babies gender!

Well it’s nearly scan time and the option to find out the gender of our soon to arrive baby and already I’m thinking should we do it? Why I hear you ask? Well it’s the constant assumptions people make on the subject. Comments like “I’m sure you would prefer a boy”, “you’ll be disappointed if it’s not a boy” and “a big sister for Sarah would be great”. Personally I’ll just be happy when the midwife ticks everything of and…

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