It’s Not Fair

A phrase every parent will probably hear at some point. The reason may be different: you didn’t let them eat sweets before dinner; you only let them have 2 hours on the computer; they have to brush their teeth. Their perception of fairness is somewhat different to mine so I try not to be too… Continue reading


During a conversation with my eldest son, the subject of luck came up. It got me thinking about a phrase a lot of people use: “I never have any luck”. It’s a phrase that’s always bothered me for a number of reasons, mainly because it’s usually linked to some sort of material gain, a lottery… Continue reading

Abdullah Kurdi and Me

It’s the 3rd September 2015 at 7:30pm. I am in Holywell Bay, Cornwall at the end of my holiday with my wife, my 3 sons, aged 9, 5 and 5, and my daughter who is 10 months old. I am not actually required to vacate the static caravan on the holiday park until 10am on… Continue reading

Matchsticks Not Included

I realised I was probably sleep deprived as I poured the hot water out of the saucepan into the colander. On the face of it this is not unusual. I cook daily and am well versed in how a colander works, yet this time it wasn’t until the heat cascaded over my feet and splashed… Continue reading

Dads’ Guide to Childbirth

My wife has friends who are pregnant and others who have just had children. They get together occasionally and talk about their experiences, give each other tips and advice, and chat generally. One subject that caught my attention was when they began discussing child birth to a new mum to be. There was a lot of detail… Continue reading