On Manning Up, Mental Health and My Mate John

It's funny the way we speak to kids sometimes. As a teacher I find myself using variations of the theme 'man up' at various points of the day. "Timmy won't stop stealing my pencil case." - man up... "I left my homework at home *sob*.' - man up... "I don't want to do PE because …

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 …