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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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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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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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My back to work transition and faux pas!

My back to work transition and faux pas!

Having now been back at work for three weeks after my long spell as a stay at home dad there are a number of observations I would like to share, 1,Having a “lets just see how the day pans out” attitude does not work, people get a little annoyed when you don’t show up for meetings and arrive and leave when you wish. 2, Naptime is no more, at least in the pure sense. It now consists of head nodding and…

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Hotels, holidays and the pre/post baby time shift..

Hotels, holidays and the pre/post baby time shift..

Having recently been away for the weekend to celebrate the birthday of Mrs Funkdydaddy I got to thinking about the differences between before and after baby. This was the little lady’s fifth hotel stay in just 8 1/2 months, lucky girl, this also gave me perspective. Leaving on the Friday for a quick 2 hour drive we all had the buzz of anticipation even though it was a hotel we had stayed at 4 times previous. When we arrived my…

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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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Rhythm and Rhyme at definitely the wrong time!

Rhythm and Rhyme at definitely the wrong time!

Having been attending rhythm and rhyme for the past 12 weeks with quite a degree of comfort from day one, as detailed previously when i first went http://wp.me/p5DoG8-a , this week was a nightmare. I had to go to the earlier class due to my hindrance of a broken hand leading to me not being able to drive and relying on favours. No big deal or so I thought, it`s routine now……is it not? My problems began when we had our now…

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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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