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Parenting and building work, a labour of love!

Parenting and building work, a labour of love!

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 on the recent extension we had built and review some key learnings from a parents viewpoint.. The noise. Oh good God, WHY DID WE START THIS, the workmen are starting at 7.30 every day. It’s the summer, the kids are…

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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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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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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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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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“I`m going to be a big sister” Baby TWO on the way :)

“I`m going to be a big sister” Baby TWO on the way :)

I am delighted to announce guys the clock is now ticking until baby number two arrives into the Funky household in August and the excitement and panic have started already.. The prominent feelings are excitement, delight, anticipation and a little bit of fear!! The impacts we need to start thinking about are, Hope the baby arrives safe and well and is as easy to manage as number one, What is the impact in us, as the first one was easy…

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More fathers taking part time hours for more family time.

More fathers taking part time hours for more family time.

This article from the daily mail is reflective of what I have done with my paternity  http://wp.me/p5DoG8-9 and is why I believe that the more fathers taking more of a role in parenting can only be a good thing, its going to take some time but its a sign that progress is being made. From my experience this can only be a good thing for the overall family unit, so long as its balanced ans suits your particular set of circumstances….

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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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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

Rhythm and Rhyme for the first time..

Rhythm and Rhyme for the first time..

Hi, What an exciting first week on additional paternity leave we have had. We had our first solo rhythm and rhyme session with the little lady last week and do you know what? Despite my reservations prior to going, it wasn’t actually too bad! I had a fine Balance to achieve, too early and I’m sitting making small talk for longer than necessary, too late and I’m plunged into a seat good knows where, where I may be forced into…

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