Dads Round-up: Christmas thoughts & New Year’s wishes

Happy New Year, everyone, and welcome to the first dads’ round-up for the year. I hope Santa brought you and your family everything you wished for, that your Christmas break was restful and that you’re ready and raring to go in 2018.

Christmas reflections

Matt (Hip Dad Blog) went above and beyond the call of duty by providing a quick update on his – and his daughters’ – Christmas Day on the day itself. He took great delight in their joy but also gently reminded them not to forget that many others are less fortunate.

Without wanting to be all Grinch-y about it, it’s an important message for children to hear. It’s so easy to get caught up in the madcap whirl of exciting presents and chasing the perfect family Christmas. But that isn’t possible for everyone and sometimes things don’t go according to plan. Phill (Corporate Dad) suffered a terrible run of misfortune in the run-up to Christmas that took the shine off his family’s festive season, as he recounts in A bittersweet Christmas for the Palmers. Hope things take a turn for the better soon, Phill.

Two last offerings before we move on from Christmas. If you’re already thinking ahead to next Christmas, take a note of Stuart’s (Father-Hood) ideas for getting through Christmas lunch with a toddler and Benny’s (Daddy Poppins) unwritten rules of Christmas. (There is no debate, though: Die Hard is totally a Christmas film.)

2017 in review

As one year draws to a close and another looms large on the horizon, it’s only natural to look back on the previous 12 months. A lot changes in a parent’s and a child’s life in that time.

Danny (How to Daddoo) reviews 2017, a year in which his family grew, from the perspective of his daughter, baby son, wife and blog. He also gives us a sneak peek into his wishes for 2018.

Meanwhile, the ever sentimental Tom (The Unlikely Dad) takes a look back on the year in which his son turned three and he became another year wiser. Moving to a big bed – tick. Nursery – tick. Potty training – tick. The year a child reaches three is often the period when it feels like they change the most. At least, that’s how it was with our three kids. Maybe that’s because it’s also the year in which a child’s personality and individuality really start to blossom, something which Tom notes.

For a dad such as Si (Triplet Dad) with, obviously, three babies to deal with, the degree of change is even greater. He reflects back on 2017 as he prepares to buckle up for another year. It should be an interesting ride.

New Year’s resolutions

Of course, January is a time to start over with a blank sheet of paper – or, at least, a new blog post and to make plans and resolutions for the new year. Sometimes these are blogging-focussed. For instance, Tom (Diary of the Dad) lists his six 2018 blogging resolutions. I particularly liked his idea of getting out of his comfort zone more – a great objective for anyone, not just bloggers.

Tim (Broken Thoughts) shares a broader list of resolutions that span both blogging and non-blogging goals. (Honestly though, Tim, you haven’t seen The Godfather?!?) Meanwhile, James (A Life Just Ordinary) has tongue firmly inserted in cheek when he offers up his resolutions for parents of pre-schoolers

If sorting out your family finances is one of your resolutions, John (Dad Blog UK) features a guest post providing New Year tips from National Debtline. It’s never too early (or too late) to start.

Finally, if you are one of the many people who set resolutions but consistently struggle to achieve them, Ross (Isablog) presents five top tips for sticking to a New Year’s resolution.

That’s it from me for this month. Good luck to everyone who has set themselves New Year’s resolutions!

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About Tim Liew

Tim, also known as @thatchamdad, is a blogger, a podcaster, a father of three (aged 11, 9 and 7) and a master of none. By his own admission he’s forever stuck somewhere in the mid-1980s, probably a Thursday. In between bouts of nostalgia, complaining about his aching joints and compiling endless music playlists, he has been writing about his experiences as a working dad on his blog Slouching towards Thatcham since 2008.