You know what’s pushing my buttons at the moment? Me. I am. There I go again, winding myself up and annoying myself royally. So I stopped and asked myself, how, and why? I started writing this post back in September 2015. That’s a year ago. A whole 12 months of occasionally dipping into it and … More Where does the confidence go?
My little 3 1/2 year old Button-Pusher, pushes my buttons on a daily, if not hourly basis. Annoyance and frustration are two buttons that get pushed heavily on any given day. That’s a lot of button-pushing from just the one toddler. It made me wonder: does it increase with each child you have? Who better to ask … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Father of Daughers, Simon Hooper
When I was at school, my mum told me that I could tell her anything and ask her anything. Pretty progressive for a mum in the 80s eh? She may have slightly regretted this when I came home from school one day and asked her to explain a joke about women and fridges, that I’d … More A vulva by any other name, is still a vulva.
Cameron Reynolds is the dad who created and runs Groove Baby: events for parents and carers to enjoy music concerts featuring jazz, groove and contemporary improv artists. I first went along to a GB concert just after my little Button-Pusher turned one. I love music of all types (well maybe not loud shouty thrash metal) … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? Groove Baby’s Cameron Reynolds
This one pushes my buttons constantly, though it’s not my little Button-Pusher: it’s other parents. If your child is on a bike or a scooter, please, please, make them wear a helmet. It’s that simple. Buy a helmet. Put it on them. When I was little, no one wore a bike helmet (adults or children) … More #alwayswearahelmet
I sometimes watch Mr Baffled with our little Button-Pusher and think, he’s so much more patient with her than I am, and I started to wonder whether dads’ buttons are different to mums’, or whether kids push them in different ways? Best way to find out: ask some dads. David Round works alongside his partner … More Who’s Had Their Buttons Pushed Lately? David from Big Fish Little Fish
I’ve written before about how being a parent sometimes makes me feel out of control or that I’m failing at being a mum. A quick straw poll of mum friends, or a glance online at other blogs and magazine articles, and I take some comfort in knowing that I’m clearly not alone in feeling this way. … More In Control Mother Booker.
A’s for adorable, but sometimes for awful. B is for bogeys and bouncing on beds. C is for colds and coughing that’s constant. D is for Duplo and “DON’T bang your head!” E is for Elsa and bags full of energy. F is for Frozen: they won’t let it go! G is for Gruffalo, and grumpy … More ABCs: the toddler years
My gorgeous little Button-Pusher has got into the habit of requiring a nappy change, just as we’re about to leave the house, and it has the power to push buttons of annoyance, anger and frustration all at once. It drives me crazy. Really crazy. I leave the house these days in a rush and a … More The buttons they push, are often the things we dislike in ourselves.
Dear Daughter, I’ll cut right to the chase: I’m so over changing your nappy, I’m done with the diapers, it’s time for your tush to meet the toilet. And let me tell you why. Early last summer, and feeling as though the world and his wife had commented on it being time to … More I’m done with diapers.