Housedad Identification

ATTENTION! Are you a housedad in charge of small children? Do you look after them while your partner is out at work AND most of the time she's home?
If so, you may find that people simply do not believe you when you tell them this.
Cut out and use the attached card to prove your existence, competence and valid role in society. (Also, should you suffer severe sleep deprivation or prolonged exposure to children’s television, it will help you remember who you are long enough to find coffee and chocolate biscuits.)

Housedad ID card

Everything my children know, they learnt from Mario

Dear Dave,

I’ve told you before that my kids were taught to read and count by Nintendo. They could figure out how many gold coins they needed to win in Mario Party before they were halfway through nursery. Lewis went into the summer holidays at the end of Primary 2 with a stuttering grasp of the written word, spent six weeks playing text-heavy Paper Mario games and came out the other side as a BOOK DEVOURING MACHINE!

This, of course, saved me much effort but it turns out the lessons keep on coming:

Christmas resolutions

Dear Dave,

The festive TV programmes have started, everyone keeps asking me if I’m ready yet and I’ve already eaten more mince pies than is entirely good for me. Yes, it’s that time again.

No, not Christmas - time to write the flipping cards at a mad dash in the hope they’ll arrive before Hogmanay (or, as happened one year when the kids were small, Easter). I’ve got the list of recipients, a stack of stamps, a pile of cards featuring wise men, a pen and a nagging sense of duty. All I need now is a Christmas letter to let everyone know how we’re doing.

Despicable me, delightful them

Dear Dave,

Glad to hear that Sam and Daisy are getting on well at school. We’ve been having parents’ evenings here too. I’ve had a string of teachers explain how kind, polite, enthusiastic, helpful and considerate my children are.

I pulled out photos to double check they were talking about the right kids.

Rock This Parenting Thing Book Blitz & Giveaway

Ever wonder if you are the only one going through crazy stuff when it comes to parenting?

We have 6 authors here who assure you that you are not alone.

Welcome to the Rock This Parenting Thing Book Blitz, showcasing 6 of the hottest humour parenting books from 6 authors who have been there, done that, and gotten the freaking T-shirt wrote the book about it!

This book blitz features 6 authors, tells about them, their books, their blogs, and gives you a taste of their parenting humour with an Author Interview for each. Then, once you get through all of that, you can enter to win a copy of your favourite book listed here! There will be 6 winners in all for the giveaway (many of the prizes are SIGNED copies of the books), so definitely check that out!

Grab a cup of coffee (or glass of wine), sit back and enjoy the Rock This Parenting Thing Book Blitz! Each author is showcasing this post today, so be sure to hit them up and show some love!!

Another housedad

Dear Dave,

I met another housedad the other day.


Not one who’s just starting out and will have given up by Easter. Not one who’s sharing childcare duties with his partner. Not one who’s just filling in for a few months while looking for a job. Not one who hands over his kid the moment his partner gets in from work. In short, not some bloke with a child, who happens to have found himself hanging around at home a lot.

An actual housedad. I was so surprised, I didn’t know what to say. I don’t think he did either.

Luckily, it was Scary Karen who introduced us so she dived into the awkward silence without even so much as checking there was water at the bottom. “Housedads are sexy. Anyone ever tells you otherwise then send them to me. Don’t take this the wrong way but, just so you know, I find a man who can look after children very attractive. There was a housedad on Jeremy Kyle this morning. His partner said he wasn’t sexy anymore. Had him sleeping on the couch. Bloody cheek! He was chasing after her kids all day and she wasn’t even up for a bit of...’