• Fatherhood

    Paternity Leave – Are Dad’s Off Work For Long Enough?

    Paternity leave. This is the time that most Dad’s really look forward to. You have a newborn baby, brand spanking new and it’s time to get stuck in to fatherhood. My question is however, is 2 weeks enough time? How much can you really bond with your baby in 14 days? I’m currently 4 weeks into my 6 weeks off with my newborn baby. You may be thinking…you’ve had 4 weeks off work and you are writing a post about how unfair paternity leave is. The truth is, I’ve had to use all of my holidays and 3 weeks of unpaid leave to get that. This is no fault of…

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    What Shocked Me About Fatherhood

    Fatherhood. I thought it was going to be all fun and games. Spending hours playing peek-a-boo and singing lullabies. Standing over a moses basket whilst my baby slept peacefully. The reality however, was very different. There was definitely some false advertising somewhere along the line because being a parent is bloody hard work. Nothing like what I expected at all. Somebody should really suggest teaching this sort of stuff in schools so that everybody is aware of what they are getting themselves into. I bet that would reduce the amount of teenage pregnancies. Get rid of subjects like Design Tech and Religious Education and replace them with ‘What parenting is…

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    How To Survive With A Newborn Baby

    So you’ve brought your baby home from the hospital and now it’s time for the real fun to start. You’ve put the car seat down, unpacked all the bags and sat down on the sofa. Okay, so now what do we do? It can be a scary moment for first time parents knowing that you have a little person living with you that you are now completely responsible for. Hopefully I can provide a few tips to make the experience a little less daunting.   Accept any help that is offered to you You may feel like you are putting people out by accepting their help but the truth is…