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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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Choosing your own adventure with a blank canvas…

Choosing your own adventure with a blank canvas…

I was going to call this post “Choose your own adventure books, the adult version”, but I thought that may have attracted you for the wrong reasons! Following on from my previous post Redundancy and a young family I found my first ever Tesco name badge the other day, ironic really in the week they I become redundant as does my new badge. It’s Friday morning, I don’t have a shirt to iron for tomorrow, a lunch to prep or any pre…

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Baby number three, the start of the end of blogging?

Baby number three, the start of the end of blogging?

As my domain renewal e mails continue to come I started thinking, do I really need to do this? I’ve been away for so long so what’s the point? Before I answer that, hello! 👋 Is been too long. Why you may ask. Well it’s all down to baby number 3, Ava Rose McCann born 11th October 17. As announced when I posted about choosing a family car, the sequel We need a bigger car now! our family of four…

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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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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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“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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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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