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Daily Door of Doom

Behold The Daily Door of Doom... I've made a huge and very unnecessary rod for my own back. We do this all the time as parents in an effort to prevent child melt downs. However mine has caused not only my own angst but the red faced frustration and extreme huffing of fellow harried parents. I decided when my three year old was upset going in to nursery one morning to make it easy for him by bringing some magic to the everyday and letting him press the door buzzer, announce his own arrival and speak to the nursery team. I thought this will cheer him up no end as well as being super cute for everyone who over hears (isn't my little...

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Badger Blue

  Badger Blue’s trying to be mindful, He’s been told by the crabs, he’s had quite a hindful. They’ve waved their claws and nagged in his ear, They’ve shouted ‘road hog’ whenever he’s near.  They don’t understand, to them it’s just odd, how he loves to ride round The Land of Nod. 

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Gender Roles and Baby Clothes

As a father of a girl and a boy I am always fascinated by the nature/nurture question-particularly around what traits might fit typical gender roles and how much we influence it. Being a retired metrosexual myself, I am less inclined to willingly push too much of a bias- however let's be clear I am not raising my kids gender neutral.  Perhaps the most emotive topic is that around clothing/colour. At what age does our bias lead to the pattern of a stereotype? Certainly babies under a year old cannot communicate their preference for pink or for patterns, but does that influence what they like in later years?  I am not going to pretend I am a child pyschologist so I...

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The Law of Steve

As with many men who move ungraciously from idle youth to middle age, there is a yearning to go back to the days when I could just do nothing. I am speaking of the same 'nothing' that Christopher Robin and Pooh chat about, when you say you're going to do nothing, then you do it. Unfortunately, work, kids and life get in the way of doing this.  My most memorable 'nothings' continued went later into life than most, but that's another story. Most often they consisted of laying out on a comfortable sofa and nursing either a hangover or a beer whilst watching sport. I particularly remember a time in University when this got so bad for me and my flatmate that we...

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The Land of Nod- Robert Lewis Stevenson

I came across this in a sleep deprived state and thought I needed to publish it here! Clearly 19th Century Scotland allowed him to escape the noise of kids and go to the Land of Nod, I am as of yet unable to experience this state!

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