The start of April brought Easter and the school holidays, a time for chocolate, creative days out and chaos in equal measure.
John from Dad Blog UK mulled over what happens to his well-drilled term-time routine when it comes to Trying – and failing – to keep it together during the school holidays. I’m sure his post will strike a chord with many parents who faced a similar situation over Easter. It’s worth checking out if only for the picture that accompanies it!
Jack from The Adventures of a Dad at Home enjoyed an Easter holiday and a northern adventure that was less chaotic than John’s. However, it did include visiting family, ice cream and his crawling daughter’s attempt to tackle stairs. And so begins the Stair-Gate Era. Good luck with that, Jack. All I’m saying is that the day I finally removed our stair-gates – after six years – champagne may have been consumed.
Over on the DaddiLife site, Hugh listed Six Easter activities for dads and kids. This included everything from the traditional Easter egg hunt to a visit to the Jodrell Bank radio telescope. It’s never too early to start jotting down ideas for next Easter!
Housework and work-life balance
Most parenting blogs are written and read by mums. However I always recommend to mums blogs written by my fellow fathers too. Why? Simply because we offer an alternative and frequently sympathetic view on many parenting and feminist topics.
Take these two posts about division of labour between men and women. Carl from The Dadtastic Voyage is a stay-at-home dad of two girls who ponders Why are women still doing most of the housework? Even in households where both partners are working, research shows that women are still much more likely to be doing the majority of the housework. Why is this still the case? Are some men just incapable? Carl argues that lack of capability is no excuse – it should be more about ‘will’ than ‘skill’.
In a similar vein, Nigel (DIY Daddy) argues against the old saying about a woman’s work never being done. We’re no longer living in a 1950s sitcom. Men should be able to operate a washing machine – and I’m sure many can. It is a gadget, after all! Equally, we should be able to cook for ourselves. Or at least have the local takeaways on speed-dial, just in case. We may not have achieved full equality in all walks of life yet but times have changed, right?
The nature of fatherhood and the modern man is certainly very different from our grandparents’ or even our parents’ generation. Zen from DADult Life found his priorities changing after becoming a father. He tells the story of how My daughter convinced me it was time to change jobs, swapping the London commute for a job closer to home. Two months in, he’s noticing the difference and enjoying life. Who says it’s impossible to have work-life balance? It’s ultimately all about the choices we make. We just have to be courageous enough to see them through.
When Chase meets Drogon
Of course, not all dad blogging is about serious topics. So let’s finish this month with a couple of light-hearted posts.
It happens to all of us eventually. We start to notice the aches and pains the morning after our Monday night five-a-sides. And we realise that slowly, inexorably, we are starting to utter phrases our parents used that we swore we never would. Dave (The DADventurer) noted his own increasing use of dadisms such as “Can you shut the door? You’re letting all the heat out.” Watch out, Dave. You’ll be reminiscing about “the good old days” next. Like me.
Finally, some of you may know that I was at one time a TV reviewer for Metro. So when I saw that Tom from Diary of the Dad had penned a tongue-in-cheek post about Five TV mashups I’d like to see, I had to take a look. You can check out his other ideas for yourself but personally I think his mashup of Paw Patrol and Game of Thrones simply has to happen. Make it happen, HBO!