Milestones and Mealtimes

In which Attila the Hun and a trout's anus are used to illustrate the complexities of feeding an infant solid food and the nature of milestones. Milestones. Every part of life is fixated on milestones. They can be the intimate like that first kiss, the loss of virginity or the first time you actually understood …

Order and Chaos

There is an overwhelming compulsion in humans to create order out of chaos. It goes someway to explaining the popularity of games like Tetris and Candy Crush Saga - there is a mess which is getting worse and your job is to sort it out. It also helps to explain the sense of satisfaction one …

A One Year Old Boy

The boy turned one this weekend. One whole year in which we managed to not kill and/or seriously wound our offspring. As he grows older he becomes ever his own person, growing and showing hints of the man he will one day become. That man will, based on current indicators, be a psychotic being of …

Lessons Learnt

I used to read parenting blogs saying things like "I learn as much from my kids as they learn from me" and I would roll my eyes and make the 'wanker' sign. I would put them in the same pigeon hole as 'people who think homeopathy works' and 'people who think they can communicate with …

A Top 6 Fictional Dads Is Easy…What About Mums?

  In a desperate bid to catch the fleeting attentions of the notification obsessed 15 to 21-year-old demographic I'm doing a Buzz Feed. Woo yeah! Loud Noises. Bants... I feel so old... Dad's in fiction are everywhere. In today's list-pretending-to-be-actual-content we (I mean 'me' but I like to give myself an image of corporality) pick …

Vaccines: Are We Really Still Debating This?

UNICEF predicts that approximately 5 million people a year are saved from the horrific disease of smallpox due to the large scale vaccination programme that was undertaken in the 1970s. This programme effectively eradicated the virus from the human population. 5 million. Per year. For one disease. In fact, from Edward Jenner onwards, countless lives …