One Month In, A Time For Thanks

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The Team. Don’t worry, this is an inclusive pic. Baby J is in it, he’s still in his mummy’s tummy and is yet to spawn when this was taken.

So a month ago I was sitting around on leave (bored) while living at my in-laws temporarily while waiting for our furniture to arrive in our new house and I decided that I needed to find something to do. After a few days of this I was hit with an idea, a crazy, genius, scary idea. I would start my own Dad Blog. I knew nothing about parent blogging at the time other than that Mum Bloggers seem to dominate the field but stuff it I wanted to tell our story so I’d give it a go. That was exactly a month ago today, which makes this a good time to pause and appreciate what has been accomplished over that time. Continue reading One Month In, A Time For Thanks

10 Things That Give Me The Pip!!!

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Chain posts are lame, hopefully this Lego Dragon can redeem it a bit.

Firstly, let me state that I normally as a matter of principal do not subscribe to these silly niffy naffy waste-of-timey chain post type things. But this one is different. It is different because I only just started my blog and I’d rather not alienate the entire world of the interwebs while I am only just starting out or anger the internet gods that may or may not one day turn sentient and enslave us all.

Secondly, what’s in a name? This post should have been titled “10 Things That Piss Me Off,” but my grandmother reads this blog and she wouldn’t stand for that language and would instead opt for the politely jading “10 Things That Give Me The Pip.” So there you go. Now without further ado let’s begrudgingly get into this list: Continue reading 10 Things That Give Me The Pip!!!

My Top 3 Most Traumatic Toilet Training Moments

 

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Spud and Missy Moo at Lego Land chilling with a storm trooper after smoking bad guys on the Nexo Knight Ride

Toilet training. Anyone with kids gets to live this dream at some point. It is a magical time full of fresh triumphs for our little ones as they master the daunting task of going potty. Along the way there are usually plenty of tears, fears and cheers where the tears and fears usually involve some combination of pungent bum chocolate (poo) and whizz. If our little ones are the stars of this show, the collateral damage is definitely Mum and Dad’s olfactory senses, sense of cleanliness and potentially beloved pieces of household furniture. Or perhaps the walls themselves take a beating if your little one is a budding artist intent on producing finger painted masterpieces for your viewing pleasure. What follows is my top three most traumatic toilet training memories, presented in ascending order. Continue reading My Top 3 Most Traumatic Toilet Training Moments

How To Talk To Kids About God: An Atheist’s Perspective

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Pretty sure the only religion Spud was interested here is learning the ancient art of how to be a Jedi mind warrior.

My Dad always told me that when it comes to dinner party conversations “don’t talk about religion or politics.” Unfortunately in parenting there comes a time when you will need to discuss both, although hopefully not at the same time. Late last year the time came when Spud started asking questions about “God.” Continue reading How To Talk To Kids About God: An Atheist’s Perspective

The Puppy, the Pound and the Laundry

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This is Nala our furbaby, the star of this post

Wen I started The Dad Effect I wrote that it would be about the adventures and misadventures that I have with my family. I was very explicit in including our dog Nala both because she is a legitimate family member and also because she has many adventures of her own. This post is the story of her latest adventure. Continue reading The Puppy, the Pound and the Laundry

Dad’s in the Delivery Room: My Duty Statement

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Labour Selfie, taken at 03:10am after 3 hours of active labour.

At the end of my previous post (“IT’S A BOY!!!“) I said that this post would address my birth buddy duties. That is the things I needed to do to help support my wife. Some of these were serious, some not so serious. What follows is essentially what I would write to myself if I could write something about the duties of a birth buddy for younger me. Continue reading Dad’s in the Delivery Room: My Duty Statement

IT’S A BOY!!! A Labour Day Story

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Baby J striking a pose

Good news everybody. I’m now a father of 3 beautiful little humans with the most recent addition to the family checking in yesterday morning at 0605 am. It is with great excitement that I present Baby J (pictured) weighing in at 8lb 5oz. This is the story of how he came to enter the world and the events leading up to it. Continue reading IT’S A BOY!!! A Labour Day Story