About three years ago, when my eldest and middle daughters were five and three respectively, I took them on an overnight camping trip. We packed light: just the two-man tent that I’d used with my wife and a few extras. We found a quiet corner of a remote site only 30 minutes from home, built a fire and enjoyed some quality time under the stars.
After sausages and marshmallows, stories and a sing song it was about 8 o’clock: time to tuck them into their sleeping bags and for me to hit the beers I’d smuggled into the rucksack, maybe a little reading by firelight.
Two hours later I admitted defeat. They weren’t going to sleep without me and my half-opened beer was going flat. I crawled in to a tent that was much smaller than I remember, and found that if I slept as I intended: me with my head at the wide end of the ‘coffin’, the girls around the other way – I’d likely suffocate them both with my feet. [Read More…]
Just checking: you know this story, right? Little Rabbit Foo Foo, by Michael Rosen? I rediscovered the book a year or two back with my middle daughter, but only found this video version the other day.
I’d forgotten how much I love it, mostly because it’s just so… wrong.… Read more
BOOM! Dadhacks is back, and whaddya know, it’s a book recommendation! What’s the name of the author again? Why haven’t you heard of him before? Has this guy been playing you like a piano?
Not intentionally, I promise you. But it’s true that I took my eye off Dadhacks to nurture this little idea about a book… and here it is.… Read more
We moved into our current house some years ago when kids were on the cards, but not yet cooking. Of all the things we discovered – doorbell wire used for mains electricity, a chimney that piped smoke into an upstairs bedroom – the one that most perplexed us was a lock on the outside of a bedroom door.… Read more
When I was 16, I spent three weeks in hospital. For the first fortnight, I woke up drenched in sweat, the sheet underneath me twisted and damp. This had nothing to do with the attractive nurses – I was sleeping on the standard issue plastic mattress.… Read more
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