Tales From the Dad Side!

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Hi! <waves> Honest and funny tales from a Dad of three laughing his way through parenthood and genuinely honoured to be at least half of Team Parents (yay!).
Tales From the Dad Side!
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[Boy11's Last Drop Off... ] I'm feeling nostalgic. There's a lot going on at the moment. Lots of things ending, lots of things we are now doing for the last time. People to say goodbye to, and buildings we are never gonna visit again...

[Boy11's Last Drop Off... ] I'm feeling nostalgic. There's a lot going on at the moment. Lots of things ending, lots of things we are now doing for the last time. People to say goodbye to, and buildings we are never gonna visit again...

[Out of Time...] I so want to be a good Dad. <Crosses fingers> And be there for all three of them. In their lives. Connected. Some days I feel I do this.  And others... Well other days I fail and that sucks....

[Out of Time...] I so want to be a good Dad. <Crosses fingers> And be there for all three of them. In their lives. Connected. Some days I feel I do this. And others... Well other days I fail and that sucks....

[SATs.] It's one little word (OK it's an acronym - standardised assessment tasks). And yet it can strike fear into lots people. The young. Especially UK children in Key Stage 1 (7 ish) & Key Stage 2 (11 ish). And adults. Teachers. Head teachers. TA's. And parents. <Sighs>...

[SATs.] It's one little word (OK it's an acronym - standardised assessment tasks). And yet it can strike fear into lots people. The young. Especially UK children in Key Stage 1 (7 ish) & Key Stage 2 (11 ish). And adults. Teachers. Head teachers. TA's. And parents. <Sighs>...

[Miss7's 20m of Fight...] It's not far is it? 20m is a short distance. For an able bodied sober adult. I postulate (oh yes I do) that it is the average walk to the bar and back distance. In my local. I suppose it's further, relatively, for children. Little legs and all. Especially if they are swimming. Or are being lazy...

[Miss7's 20m of Fight...] It's not far is it? 20m is a short distance. For an able bodied sober adult. I postulate (oh yes I do) that it is the average walk to the bar and back distance. In my local. I suppose it's further, relatively, for children. Little legs and all. Especially if they are swimming. Or are being lazy...

[He Lasted Half A Day...] With the Easter break over. Boy10 and Miss7 were both back to school. BabyBoy3 was heading back to nursery. And Mrs. Amazing was back to work. Everyone reacts to going back  post holidays in different ways...

[He Lasted Half A Day...] With the Easter break over. Boy10 and Miss7 were both back to school. BabyBoy3 was heading back to nursery. And Mrs. Amazing was back to work. Everyone reacts to going back post holidays in different ways...

[A New Tradition (For Me)...]  I’ve started a new tradition in my house.  (It's happened thrice which totes counts as a tradition, it’s basically an institution now). It’s to do with half terms, winter breaks and Chocathons Easter hols. And it’s to do with me missing out on half term fun. As a reluctant Dad at work...

[A New Tradition (For Me)...] I’ve started a new tradition in my house. (It's happened thrice which totes counts as a tradition, it’s basically an institution now). It’s to do with half terms, winter breaks and Chocathons Easter hols. And it’s to do with me missing out on half term fun. As a reluctant Dad at work...

[My No-Plan Day Off...] It's Easter holiday time. Which means everyone is off and at home having a great fun time. Sun's nearly out in the UK, the tundras (we had a bit of snow) have moved on, the outside is once again calling. Time to wind down, relax and just be free. Lovely! Except me. Obvs. I still have to go to work. I don't get Easter holidays...

[My No-Plan Day Off...] It's Easter holiday time. Which means everyone is off and at home having a great fun time. Sun's nearly out in the UK, the tundras (we had a bit of snow) have moved on, the outside is once again calling. Time to wind down, relax and just be free. Lovely! Except me. Obvs. I still have to go to work. I don't get Easter holidays...

[Paintin' with BabyBoy3...] I was sat with BabyBoy3. Just us two. Mrs. Amazing and Miss7 had gone out to a party (Miss7's friend had a party, not the two of them clubbing and tearing up the town, I believe… <Is suspicious>) Boy10 was slumped in front of YouTube, headphones on, developing his tweenager skills. Which meant me and BabyBoy3 had some time together. Which he was delighted with...

[Paintin' with BabyBoy3...] I was sat with BabyBoy3. Just us two. Mrs. Amazing and Miss7 had gone out to a party (Miss7's friend had a party, not the two of them clubbing and tearing up the town, I believe… <Is suspicious>) Boy10 was slumped in front of YouTube, headphones on, developing his tweenager skills. Which meant me and BabyBoy3 had some time together. Which he was delighted with...

[Their Current Bribery Levels...] There are times when Team Parent (yay!) have no other option but to resort to bribery. Sad, but true. But it's needed. We sometimes need a carrot or two to get the terrors to do stuff. Bribery is a useful tool (at times)...

[Their Current Bribery Levels...] There are times when Team Parent (yay!) have no other option but to resort to bribery. Sad, but true. But it's needed. We sometimes need a carrot or two to get the terrors to do stuff. Bribery is a useful tool (at times)...

[Done With Nappies...] I've been scared to write this post. I didn't want to jinx it. But now I think it is time. Four months ago, the last of the nappies left our house. BabyBoy3 switched to toilets...

[Done With Nappies...] I've been scared to write this post. I didn't want to jinx it. But now I think it is time. Four months ago, the last of the nappies left our house. BabyBoy3 switched to toilets...

[Parenting with a Hang Over...(Or: Accepting Defeat)...] It is so much harder parenting with a hangover. Soooooooo much. Especially when Team Parent (yay!) are dividing and conquering, and I am left to do stuff on my own. It was all my own fault obviously. No one made me drink all that red wine...

[Parenting with a Hang Over...(Or: Accepting Defeat)...] It is so much harder parenting with a hangover. Soooooooo much. Especially when Team Parent (yay!) are dividing and conquering, and I am left to do stuff on my own. It was all my own fault obviously. No one made me drink all that red wine...

[Is Your Sun Up? (Gro-Clock)...] We've let it slip again. Which is annoying as Team Parent (yay!) worked really hard on this last time. It took a lot getting up really early, but we persevered and got the rewards. BabyBoy3 was managing to sleep until it was wake up time. Except we've now let it slip...

[Is Your Sun Up? (Gro-Clock)...] We've let it slip again. Which is annoying as Team Parent (yay!) worked really hard on this last time. It took a lot getting up really early, but we persevered and got the rewards. BabyBoy3 was managing to sleep until it was wake up time. Except we've now let it slip...

[She's Seven... ] It's not much of a change. Six to seven. It's only one day that elapses. Which seems very easy and very manageable. No need for having a bit of a moment as Team Parent (yay!) made birthday plans for Miss6. <Sobs> But despite my wish to stop time and keep Miss6 forever. The latest version of Miss6 arrived. The upgrade. The new improved model. Miss7...

[She's Seven... ] It's not much of a change. Six to seven. It's only one day that elapses. Which seems very easy and very manageable. No need for having a bit of a moment as Team Parent (yay!) made birthday plans for Miss6. <Sobs> But despite my wish to stop time and keep Miss6 forever. The latest version of Miss6 arrived. The upgrade. The new improved model. Miss7...

[Man Down... (Part 2)...] So there I was. Post puking. Feeling all kinds of yukky. Miss6 seemed to be fine despite having had to watch her father be sick whilst trapped in the car. At least my back was turned. And it was dark. Poor love...

[Man Down... (Part 2)...] So there I was. Post puking. Feeling all kinds of yukky. Miss6 seemed to be fine despite having had to watch her father be sick whilst trapped in the car. At least my back was turned. And it was dark. Poor love...

[Noisy but Tiny...] Something has changed in BabyBoy3 over Christmas. It's almost as though his internal volume has been turned up. I suppose he has always been a bit loud when he’s playing and having fun. But all of a sudden he seems to be operating at 11...

[Noisy but Tiny...] Something has changed in BabyBoy3 over Christmas. It's almost as though his internal volume has been turned up. I suppose he has always been a bit loud when he’s playing and having fun. But all of a sudden he seems to be operating at 11...

[Man Down (Part 1)...] Well I didn't expect my weekend to turn out like that. I had such high hope and plans for my weekend. Housework. Spring clean. Roller skating with Miss6. Fun and games with all the kids. And I was looking forward to re-sampling the Damson Gin my Dad had given me. Shame most of that didn’t happen...

[Man Down (Part 1)...] Well I didn't expect my weekend to turn out like that. I had such high hope and plans for my weekend. Housework. Spring clean. Roller skating with Miss6. Fun and games with all the kids. And I was looking forward to re-sampling the Damson Gin my Dad had given me. Shame most of that didn’t happen...