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Daddy Diaries // Truth Bombs

As a university lecturer and former journalist, I’ve always had an obsession with the truth. Any of my friends will tell you how I correct hoaxes and outright lies wherever I come across them. Some will also tell you this is very annoying on social media. Nevertheless, I continue pointing out that the Great Wall of China cannot be seen from outer space, immigrants receive the same level of financial governm ...

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Daddy Diaries // Life Lessons

I’m sure I’m not the only parent who worries about teaching my kids what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve spent countless hours concerned about what to teach them and the best way to teach it. For a modern parent, there are countless clubs and activities to sign your kid up for. We want a child who can play a sport or two, dance, sing, play chess and maybe attend yoga all while keeping up with homework and li ...

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Daddy Diaries // Going Solo

Recently one of the twins was invited to a birthday party. Just one of them. This was a big moment. Normally both get invited and, up until recently, they love being together. And while we recognise they’re individuals and need their own friends and time, as a parent it’s hard not to worry about how the non-invited twin reacts to not being invited. To soften the blow grandma organised a day at her place and ...

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Daddy Diaries // Holidays Bliss & Blues

Ahh, holidays. A break from routine to recharge the batteries. A few moments where you try and relax and celebrate life once more. A period of quality time, new experiences and of course endless arguments. In other words, a designated collection of days where you get to remember why you celebrated the kids finally going to school. For a lot of us parents, it can be more stressful than the humdrum routine. H ...

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Daddy Diaries // Letters to my Girls

Two weeks before the twins were born I started writing my girls letters. I’ve never stopped. This month I thought I’d share one with you. Dear baby girls, I simply love being your daddy but sometimes it’s difficult being a parent. I love you girls so very much I automatically want to protect you from anything that can hurt you physically or emotionally. But the truth is that even though you may see me a sup ...

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Daddy Diaries // Autopilot Parenting

Parenting is difficult. It's unrelenting and it takes its toll physically and mentally and sometimes you find yourself just doing things on autopilot. While this routine is often a good thing, there are times when you wonder about your state of mind. For example, the other day I was hurriedly making dinner on a stressful day while mentally reviewing the to-do list when I look up at my girls. Eating the dinn ...

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Daddy Diaries // Staycation, for Sanity’s Sake

Wise people often try to provide focus and context with the quote “it’s about the journey not the destination”. Nowhere is that quote more relevant than when travelling with kids. Granted some of you may be looking forward to drinks at the destination but the most stressful part of holidays as a parent is inevitably the getting-there part of the equation. Like the fact you can fight all day to get a child t ...

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Daddy Diaries // What’s in a Name?

Picking a name is a delicate negotiation full of conflicting emotions and motivations. Traditional family names, personal preferences and current trends all factor into what can easily turn into a very passionate conversation. And don’t even start me on “Oh no, we can’t name them Kerry. I once knew a Kerry who was a horrible person”. So who actually gets to name them? Most women will insist they have the fi ...

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Daddy Diaries // Me & Them

When my girls were born, amidst the emotion and tears and wonder, I set myself some lofty goals. First and foremost I wanted to not just be a good parent, but the best i could be. To do this, I set myself noble goals: to protect them, nurture them, and teach them... all to perfectly prepare them for the world. It seemed pretty simple: teach them the basics of being a good human being through simple lessons ...

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Daddy Diaries // Books Rule!

Reading is the gift that gives and if you’re a parent, what it gives is a blessed silence. I was interested to read a recent study that said despite a general decline in reading, girls today aged 6-13 years were actually more interested in picking up a book. As a bibliophile, I think this is great. As a dad of twin girls aged six, I think this is awesome. You see I love books. A lot. And I’ve always worried ...

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