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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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Rhythm and Rhyme after such a long time!

Rhythm and Rhyme after such a long time!

After 11 months away from my daughter’s first rhythm and Rhyme classMy first trip to Rhythm and Rhyme! I finally made it back this week with two children in tow. I couldn’t believe the change in the short space of time, now let’s paint a picture last time Sarah was 9 months and crawling around the room whilst I jumped every time any other child came near her, we usually just sat meekly in the corner, chatting politely and going through…

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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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Our big screen debut!

Our big screen debut!

Having been invited to take part in a local news feature a few months back I was delighted to be able to take part this week. The topic was shared parental leave and how it has landed 6 months after its UK launch. Having taken advantage of additional paternity leave as it was called last year when Sarah was born I’m now poised to take another 3 months shared parental leave now with baby number two,  Niamh. As I say…

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How having a baby could make you a master criminal!

How having a baby could make you a master criminal!

Its amazing that something so innocent as a newborn baby could help you pursue a life of crime. How can this be,  well let’s look at the post baby training all parents subliminally recieve. At night you learn very quickly how to move around without being noticed and gain excellent night vision when looking for the misplaced soother. You also adapt into a statue of you are unfortunate enough to tread on a loose board. You gain amazing timing skills…

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Choosing a “family” car!

Choosing a “family” car!

It’s been a while with one thing and another but now I find myself imminently (within a few months) needing to change one of our cars for baby number two’s arrival. Please God don’t let it be my beloved Volvo S40 which goes to trade in heaven in the sky! So why do we need to change? The Volvo could easily hold two car seats and two parents no problem but when it comes to prams, changing bags etc..we are…

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And so it’s to be two babies, two daughters..

And so it’s to be two babies, two daughters..

Having had a few distractions in recent weeks I can now reveal that I’m going to have two daughters come August. Two under 15 months,  What have I let myself in for!  Following on from my previous post on finding out the gender of our baby http://wp.me/p5DoG8-3u I can honestly say I’m delighted, and maybe even a tad afraid! As Sarah reaches her first birthday this weekend I can see her character really coming through, it in other words she…

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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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Are you part of the 68% bored by your kids?

Are you part of the 68% bored by your kids?

I had planned to pen a new post today on a different topic but saw this and found it extremely relevant and interesting to me. According to the UK “this morning” show today only 32% of viewers were never bored by their children, http://www.itv.com/thismorning/hot-topics/poll-have-you-been-bored-by-your-children Having been a stay at home dad for 4 months now I can quite safely put myself into the 32% who don’t find their kid boring. Of course I am never going to debate world politics, the…

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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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