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?

Sarah and Duck. The Stickers.

Sarah and Duck Bedroom StickersToday. Sarah and Duck came to visit, and stayed as stickers on our little ones wall.

You know how you sometimes get a sponsored blog post, and it’s nothing but the blogger singing praises over the product in question?

Well this isn’t a sponsored post, but it’s going to read similar to the above description, but that’s because the Sarah and Duck stickers are just that cute. Big and bright, these stickers are perfect to decorate any room belonging to a Sarah and Duck fan. Easy to peel, and quite sturdy, they are also easy to put up on the wall, and then adjust once you realise that you didn’t put them on straight enough.

The one problem we’re having is that our little one seemed to be shouting at Sarah and Duck to wake up…

The Sarah and Duck stickers can be found from They also sell Doctor Who wall stickers…. but the wife wouldn’t let me get a giant cyberman sticker… or a Clara…


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New Bing Bunny on Cbeebies?

I saw the above mentioned on the Bing Bunny Facebook page (yes I’ve liked it), and I have to admit. It has given me hope for the future. Not because its answered any vast questions of my life or my relationships, but because it means I may not have to watch that silly episode about hiding as much as normal!

Yes, Those are clips of episodes you have not seen yet.

From the looks of my Youview program guide, the new episodes of Bing start from Monday 27th April on Cbeebies. 

Instagram To Allow Breastfeeding Photos

Heres a little bit of news that may interest any breastfeeding mums / dads of breastfed kids who have instagram, according to The Huffington Post:

It’s now crystal clear: You are not allowed to harass people on Instagram, and you’re generally not allowed to show your nipples if you’re a woman.

An update to the Facebook-owned social network’s community guidelines Thursday contains stronger, more specific language than before, outlining in detail what users are allowed to post on the popular photo-sharing platform.

In a change from its previous rules, Instagram now states when nudity is allowed and explicitly banishes harassment. It also specifically notes that breastfeeding photos are allowed, bringing it in line with Facebook’s policy on the matter.

Previously, Instagram’s guidelines — still viewable on an archived page — were vague, with language like “keep your clothes on” and “be respectful.” They didn’t specifically reference breastfeeding, either. Now, Instagram’s rules are considerably more precise.

Read the rest over at The Huffington Post.

If you’re wondering why I care, I simply saw the good lady wife put a load of effort into breastfeeding when our LO was younger, and figure that breast feeding mums shouldn’t have any breast feeding photos they may share blocked.

As we’re talking about instagram, I can be found on instagram here. (Warning: May feature Lego)