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How To Get Good Seats At The School Nativity Play

I don’t know about you, but I find there’s something oddly exciting about having a small one in Foundation Year at School, as there are a lot of “firsts” happening at this time of life. First day at school… First end of week meltdown… First school nativity’s… One thing I’ve noticed about School Nativity Plays, apart from how they seem to be both amazing, and super cute, is that they are very popular with parents / any other grown ups. And all these grown ups seem to want to get prime viewing positions (which is fair enough).

But how can you get the good seats at a school nativity play?

Here’s our tips*:

  1. Involve Spy / Friend on the inside who’s paid enough attention to know the quick way in.
  2. Use your Ninja skills to sneak past people.
  3. Invest in some bribe material for the school receptionist. (Chocolate, or alcohol would usually do the trick)
  4. Wear some American football style armor.
  5. Use any PE Equipment / Zip Wire to your advantage.
  6. Stuck at the back of the queue? Get talking to the person in front of you, once conversation starts to die down, get talking to the person in front of where you are now. And repeat…
  7. Walk in while wearing a nativity costume. Enough people may sit far enough away from you, so you end up getting a good seat anyway.
  8. Fly a drone into the school hall, watch nativity via drones camera.
  9. Involve a well placed confused old dear to stand in (other) peoples way.
  10. Sleeping bag. Reserve your place when the school closes the day before.

Any other ideas?

*Obviously if you do any of this, people may look at you oddly / arrange for you to be arrested. Good Luck…

 

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Random Ideas for Teacher End of Term Presents

Well, its the end of term. And at least for parents of younger kids, there seems a wondering of what to get their child’s teacher as an “End of Term Thank a few ideas of what to get your child's teacher as an end of term present. You” Present. Chocolate seems to be the obvious end of term present, but what if you’d like to get the teacher in your life something a little different?

Here’s a few ideas of what to get your child’s teacher as an end of term present.

(Be warned, some of these ideas may not be particularly sensible, could be a little sweary, and affiliate links are around)

The Teacher Survival Kit

The Teacher Survival Kit is a collection of bits and bobs to say what your child’s teacher, may or may not mean to you.

If nothing else, I guess it might be useful at the start of next year.

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The Keep Calm Mug!a few ideas of what to get your child's teacher as an end of term present. 

Yes. Every teacher probably has one of these!

But the teacher in your life may not have enough.

Find it on Amazon, and ensure your child’s teacher has yet another one.

A Present For Art Teachers.

Does your child’s teacher like craft activities?

Do you know if they like wine? (Well they must have some sort of coping mechanism)

Get some wine markers, and grab a wine glass to use it on.

In fact, you could write your kids name on it… so they are reminded of your little angel everytime they have a drink.

They must love that… right?

Or alternatively, you could grab some personalized wine labels.

And write the apology for your child on their bottle of wine.

An End Of Term Present For Stressed Teachers?

Stress balls anyone?

Personally I quite like fidget cubes.

Or… theres The Little Book of Calm.

It even looks calm and small!

Have you got money to spare?

Because who doesn’t want a switch..? (apart from XBox / PS4 gamers?)

A Colouring Book For Teachers?

Do you feel your child’s teacher may like colouring?

Are they secretly really very sarcastic?

Could they be a little sweary when away from school?

Possibly a book like this? 

 

Or you could just get chocolate?

Have you got any ideas?

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Andy and the Odd Socks – ‘UNIQUE’

I was tempted to call this post “Ear Worm of The Week: Andy and the Odd Socks – ‘UNIQUE'”. But figured it would be a little long. (Yes – it is Andy from CBeebies)

Anyway… I didn’t want to like this as much as I did. Before the song ended I caught myself with a silly smile over my face.

Figured I would share it here, in case it gives you a similar smile.

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Are you Will Ferrell The Smartphone-Addicted Dad?

Love this from Common Sense Media’s #DeviceFreeDinner campaign.

Even though I’m probably a little more like this…

 

We’re not bad at having a device free dinner… but its not like we have a teenager… Could I actually be Will Ferrell?

While I’m not sure how well it works for families with little little ones, if you have concerns, or just want to find out abit more about the affect of using Digital technology on family life, I recommend giving Mark Ellis’ Digitox a read.

Digitox is split into two sections; The first is looking at why taking a break from digital can be good for you. The second looks at what happened when Mark decided it was time for his family to take a one day break from digital living – every week.

Lesson 1. Plan what you’re going to do with your time in advance.

Grab it here from Amazon. 

(Affiliate links above)

I originally posted this over at Digital Caffeine.

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A Digital Ghost?

Have you ever received a Facebook notification reminding nudging you to wish Happy Birthday to a deceased friend? It’s an odd experience, almost as if the internet is nudging you to hang out with an old friend. It’s almost, because any interaction is strictly one way.

What if interaction could feel like its two way, and you almost feel like you could see the one you lost?

The below video tells the story of one guys experience playing a computer game against his dead Dads previous best, and at the same time, giving what could be the best reason to play computer games.

The voice over is pulled directly from a YouTube comment that was under a video called, “Can Video Games Be a Spiritual Experience?” Could the above be described as a spiritual experience?

I sometimes wonder what technology would look like in 20 – 30 years time. If people can have experiences like the above with what would now be consider old technology, what does the future hold?

In fact, is (what we might consider) a future technology already happening?

I read a theory a few months ago, that you could argue that human beings are separated into two separate states. One is our physical bodies. The other is our identities, or our souls.

Most (if not all) religions have a concept of an afterlife. A place where the soul lives on, but what if our earthly identity could be captured?

Eternime is one example of a company with plans to help your digital identity live on. They plan to combine everything you put on social media, photos from smart phone, email, and so on – the aim being to create a digital version of yourself, that will be accessible after you die.

According to the BBC website:

“Depending on the facts it has collected, the avatar will be able to offer anything from basic biographical data to being an engaging conversational partner,” says Marius Ursache, Eternime’s founder.

It is set to launch next year, and according to Eternime, more than 37,000 people have already signed up for the service.

I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure how I feel about this.

On one hand, I’m not going to be around for ever. Could there be some comfort in having a “digital dad” available online after I’m gone? But what if the service fails? Wouldn’t that be some sort of “second death”?

Doesn’t the idea of a “second death” sound creepy?

Does the whole thing sound a little creepy? People I’ve spoken to have commented on how weird it sounds. Is weird, because it sounds unnatural? And is it so unnatural, that we’re in danger of not just playing God, but going full blown Black Mirror? 

One last thought. If parents are meant to set an example to their children, how are we meant to set an example about something like this? 

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What to do during the Summer Holidays?

Its the Summer Holidays. Or (according to the guy on the radio), its when parents realise how underpaid school teachers are. The kids have weeks off school, and you’re there wondering… WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO WITH THEM??

Well I figured I could either write a nice list of summer activities, or I could leave it up to chance, and present the Summer Activity Picker!

Click the wheel below, and it will tell you what activity you should try with your little ones.

Good Luck…

 

Obviously, Dads Sofa isn’t responsible for anything that happens because you’ve tried any of the above, or got confused between activities, or got drank too much wine.

(Dont worry, I know this is a little silly)

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