5 (Useless) Skills I’ve Mastered Since Becoming a Parent – The Good Men Project

Pram Tetris

This is a (useless) skill that few will ever be better at. Essentially, I’m a king at shoving (yes, that’s the right word) stuff into the cavity beneath the seat in my son’s pram. I’m all about finding the right-sized gap in this under-pram game and plugging it with tins of beans, baguettes, and shampoo.

Once again, this sounds as though it might be a useful skill to have mastered. Wrong. It’s totally useless. Yes, I manage to fit an ungodly amount of stuff under the buggy due to my mastery of pram Tetris, but whatever I put under the pram never survives the game intact. Bread is bent and broken, cakes are crushed and shampoo is shot from the bottle.

via 5 (Useless) Skills I’ve Mastered Since Becoming a Parent – The Good Men Project

It’s amazing the number of totally useless skills I’ve learned since becoming a parent – take a look at the link above.

Chris

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Showboating Parents, Please Give it a Rest – The Good Men Project

As a SAHD, one of the perennial issues to be faced is the arrival of the showboating parent. What do I mean by this? It’s simple really, a mum (or mainly) dad who arrives at the park with something to prove. They probably don’t get to do this type of activity as often as I do (lucky them) and are determined to make a show of how much fun their kid is having. By ‘making a show’ I mean making the other parents aware of just how amazing they are.

God they’re tedious.

via Showboating Parents, Please Give it a Rest – The Good Men Project

Overly enthusiastic parents, turning everything into a competition, are the worst!

Check out the link here for my thoughts…

Chris

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Parenting Has Turned My Brain to Mush – The Good Men Project

I used to pride myself on my… on my… on my… you know… my… collection of words… the ones I use.. when I… you know speak.

I’ve just Googled it.

I used to pride myself on my vocabulary.

Seriously I did.

It’s a bit of a stupid thing to pride yourself on, but to be honest it’s no worse than finding pleasure in the size of your My Little Pony collection or the spoiler on the back of your XR3i – I know full-grown adults who exemplify both of these… ‘things’.

But today, here I am, struggling to remember even the simplest of words. I mean, really simple, common, every-day, bits of communication have completely dropped out of my head.

via Parenting Has Turned My Brain to Mush – The Good Men Project

Being a parent has seriously changed the way I think.

Actually, to put it more succinctly, it’s changed my ability to think.

Have a read…

Chris

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I won’t take the iPad off my toddler, it’s a great parenting tool | Metro News

Yet more ‘evidence’ that modern parents are listless wasters, taking every short cut possible in order to ensure their kids don’t interfere with their Snapchat habit.

This (worryingly pervasive) view of contemporary mums and dads is (of course) utter nonsense.

Parents today are, as they always have been, over-stretched, over-tired and over-come with the unceasing desire do the very best for their children.

Of course, in an ideal world, screen time wouldn’t be necessary at all. But please, take a look out your window, turn on your screens and read the news – it’s far from an ideal world.

So, can we all stop with this parent-shaming please?

via I won’t take the iPad off my toddler, it’s a great parenting tool | Metro News

Here’s my piece for Metro.co.uk about why I think screen time is just part of life for a 21st century kid…

What do you think?

Chris

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Dad blogger praises Dec Donnelly for sharing the secret parents never tell you – Mirror Online

TV presenter Declan Donnelly is, as always, right.

“No one tells you how hard being a parent is! We could have had a warning! It’s literally the hardest thing ever I’ve done, but I’m loving it!” he said recently when interviewed about his new parenting status.

Well said Dec! I totally agree! Parenting is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, too! Nothing even comes close. I’m serious. Brain surgery, fiddling with Rubik’s Cubes, enduring a minute in Gemma Collins’ presence – I’m sure they’re all a breeze compared to parenting.

via Dad blogger praises Dec Donnelly for sharing the secret parents never tell you – Mirror Online

Here’s my latest for Mirror.co.uk  praising Dec Donnelly (of ‘Ant and Dec’ fame) for pointing out just how hard parenting is.

Please do have a read.

Chris

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