Interrupting a Moment

Please picture the situation:

You’re sat in church (or if you’re not comfortable, picture being with a large group of friends), and you are meeting for the first time since a friend died 4 days. Everyone is quiet, and listening to the Church leader speak. Even your little one is quietly munching on a yogurt rice cake.

The person you’re listening to, is speaking fantastically on being like a family to each other, that our friend will be missed, that its ok to cry, and people will probably be crying over the next hour or so. That while permission wasn’t needed to be given, to consider it ok to lose the plot a little.

Picture being able to cut the emotion with a knife.

You’re there very aware you don’t want to lose the plot quite yet.

All of a sudden, your little one decides to share how amazing the yogurt rice cake is, and starts shouting: “YUM, YUM, YUM”… “YUM, YUM, YUM”

Trying to distract her by hiding behind a sheet of paper didn’t help much either. She just shouted “BOO”

Kids are great at lighting the situation right?

Does anyone out there have any tips at surviving a funeral with a 2 year old? 




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Kids Don’t Come With A Manual

A while back, the good lady wife commented that the massive downside with having kids was the lack of an instruction manual. You see we were finding that the rules of parenting were changing almost daily, and at that age, communication wasn’t our little ones strong point. If an instruction manual came with the labour process, we may have had a smoother time of it.  “Kids Don’t Come With A Manual”, taps into this sort of thinking.

If you were to pick up an instruction manual for something in the home, you wouldn’t expect pages and pages of theory into why you should use that item in a particular way, you would hope to get good practical step by step information.

Thats what you get with, “Kids Don’t Come With A Manual”. Where some parenting books would present you with one look at how to parent, and long academic reasons why the author is right, “Kids Don’t Come With A Manual” gives you a view from two contrasting parenting views. Then gives practical and step by step guides in how to balance these approaches.

These guides cover a range of issues that parents can, and do come across such as: power struggles within family relationships, connecting with your children, being a good role model, dealing with “‘misbehaviour”, and a number of others.

The second part of the book takes advice from the above general “issues”, and applies the advice in a structured troubleshooting section, designed to help with the more stressful moments of having a kid. This section helps you to troubleshoot issues such as sibling violence, tantrums, swearing, and more.

This is a book that offers structured  approaches to parenting, and can be used as a guide to offer advice in many situations that you may find yourself. Possibly best kept as a reference book on the shelf, rather then sitting down to read. But who sits down to read an entire instruction manual in one sitting anyway?

Kids Don’t Come With A Manual is available from

The above book was given in return for a review. The opinions are genuine.

Parenting lessons from Star Wars

May the 4th be with you.

Today is Star Wars day, the day that the Internet celebrates the awesomeness of all things Star Wars.

I wondered if I should mark the occasion in anyway, and wondered what slant a Dad Blog should take on Star Wars.

Therefore I have looked at what  parenting lessons can be learnt from Star Wars. After all, it is arguably simply as story of a simple family. Please bear in mind this is a list of Parenting lessons Star Wars, not my personal view, if you have any issues with any of these, please take it up with George Lucus.

10 Parenting lessons from Star Wars

  1. Has a couple of guys in robes turned up, talking about how special your son is? Let them take him away. How bad can that be?
  2. Has your son / complaining teenager got dreams? Stop him from following them until your farm business is ready for him to go.
  3. Don’t warn your kids about how bad lightsabers dangerous tools can be, until after its activated.
  4. On your first trip to the pub together, make sure it’s in the middle of a hive of scum and villiney.
  5. Pass on and train your younger one in your belief. It may help them blow up a Death Star one day.
  6. Have a son and daughter? Make sure they don’t know the other exists. How bad can that get?
  7. Cutting off a hand is acceptable discipline.
  8. On the subject of discipline, torture also seems ok for daughters / any boyfriends. It’s also ok to freeze the said boyfriend in carbonate.
  9. Kid not behaving? Bring them to see mum your boss.
  10. When you see your child in trouble, do everything you can to help. Even if it means throwing your boss down a shaft, while being blasted by Force lightning.

Anymore that I’ve missed?