Author: Stephen

Hello readers, I'm Stephen (Steve) and I am also known as the dad who blogs! As you have no doubt figured out, I'm a dad (3 kids) and I also like to blog. Now, this is not going to be your typical parenting blog, I'm going to blog about stuff that dads like to do as dads also, as well as content related to parenting etc. I hope you enjoy my mutterings!

As a dad you may not always feel like you can help out with caring for the children in the same way as their mother can. She may be breast feeding, for example and you cannot help with that. However, that is probably the only thing that you will not be able to do, although you can do other helpful things while the mother is feeding the baby. There are lots of useful things you can do. Ask Where You Can Help It can be worth asking what you can do that would be most helpful. The mother may really…

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It can be great to reward children. To show them that you are proud of them, that their behaviour is impressing you or just to show how much you love them. However, rewards often come in the form of gifts or cash and this can be expensive. Not all parents can afford to do this all of the time and therefore it can be a good idea to have a think about whether there are ways that you can treat them without having to spend any money. A Trip to the Park – Younger children are likely to really enjoy…

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If it is up to you to pick the family holiday or to contribute towards the ideas then there will be a lot to think about. There are lots of choices but they all have pros and cons and so it is a good idea to have a think about what sorts of things you need to be considering when you are thinking about what to plan for your holiday. Cost – The cost is probably one of the most important places to start. You need to think about how much you have available to spend which will mean that…

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Deciding on how many children should of course be a joint decision. There are a lot of factors to consider when thinking about it though and it is a good idea to consider them all before you decide on whether to have one or more. Cost – Cost is a big consideration with children. Each one will cost you more money. Even if they have hand me down toys and clothing, they will still need feeding and there will always be new things that they will need. Most families will be able to just about manage another child, but think…

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We all have things that we like to do in our spare time. Some might be serious hobbies like playing for a local football team, doing arts and crafts etc or we might just like to relax in front of the TV or play computer games. It does not matter what we choose to do but we will find that those hobbies are all things that relax us and give us a break from work and life. When we have children, things change though. There is a lot less spare time as time where you are not working will be…

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It is never easy not giving in to your kids. They will know what to do in order to get you to do what they want, if you let them. As they get older, they will get to know what to do that will enable you to give in to them and you need to be able to resist that at times. Of course, it is okay to treat and spoil your children and taking them to the park or going swimming with them will be beneficial to you all but sometimes you will need to learn to know how…

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Many people get stressed at work, but it can often be the case that the stress will often come out at home. If you have to keep calm under pressure then it can be easy to vent on your family when you get back. This can be bad for children as they may get upset. You stress may manifest itself in you shouting at children or being distant or impatient. This is not good, but there are things that you can do which could help you. Try to Use a Relaxation Method on Your Commute Home If possible, it can…

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It is often seen as a dad’s role to discipline children. However, this should really be shared by both parents but it is important to do it well. Be Consistent It is really important to be consistent with this. It is no good one parent telling a child off for a certain behaviour if the other does not. Therefore, it can be wise to have discussions about important decisions with regards to discipline. If something comes up where you do not seem to agree on what stance to take on a particular problem then you need to discuss it as…

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You need to have a good idea of how much you are paying out each month, particularly on necessities. Think food, utilities, council tax, rent/mortgage, transport etc. The things that you have to pay for should take priority with your spending. Look at how much money you have coming in and make sure that there is at least enough to cover these expenses. Remember, that as children get older, they generally get more expensive. Although there is a lot to buy them as babies, you will find that they will keep needing new clothing as they grow and will eat…

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If you are working full-time or even part-time, then it can be tricky to get a good balance with your home life. If you have children, then it is even more important to get a good balance as you want to be able to bond well with them, contribute to the running of the household and have some relaxation time. It can feel that there is too much to handle, but it is possible to get a balance. You will need to think things through though and try a few ideas. Find Some Time for You/h3> It is important to…

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