Free online course for separated parents
Forum - Ask questions. Get answers.
Free online course for separated parents | DAD BLOGS: New Dad Simon | Stuff and Things

Stuff and Things

This week the world has mostly been telling me that I need more stuff.

Well… that’s not entirely true…

Perhaps the louder 50 per cent of my world has been telling me I need more stuff. Sure, I have a flat, a car and a job – but that apparently isn’t enough. My flat is upstairs (a schoolboy error)… my car was all I could afford, but isn’t particularly safe… and my job is emotionally draining and time-consuming.

When you announce you are pregnant, you immediately attract a horde of well-wishing civilians ready to bombard you with advice. These people present you with an unending list of worries, things you are doing wrong, and stuff that you simply won’t be able to live without.

Until a few days ago I had no idea what a travel system was (I’m still not sure), but I found myself wondering this week how I could be so foolish as to think about having a baby without one. Then there’s the cot, the moses basket, the breast pump (the mind boggles), and the changing table. It’s exhausting. It’s a wonder any of us ever survived without the advice of the loud 50 per cent.

Thankfully there is another 50 per cent. They are the ones who reassure you that they’ll help, and say stuff like:

‘I’ve got one of those you can have.’

‘You’ll figure it out.’

‘That’s how I felt.’

So all our stuff might not be shiny and new, getting into our flat might be a bit of an adventure and our car won’t turn many heads or fit many gadgets, but I’m guessing that the little fella won’t mind too much.

Related entries

Running to Beat the Chickens

Running to Beat the Chickens

On mile 23 of the London Marathon I was overtaken by a giant chicken. Let's just say, it was a low point… Looking back on my London Marathon ‘success’ I can only assume it was someone dressed up in a costume or perhaps some kind of hallucination. The lactic acid build...

Running to Beat the Chickens

Bonfire Night

As we stood admiring a burning effigy of Guy Fawkes I thought it would be funny to ask my six-year-old son what Bonfire Night was all about… I assumed I’d get some random answers to what is a bizarre celebration. Unfortunately, the primary education system has...

Latest entries

What to do when your child comes out

What to do when your child comes out

Maybe you've had an inkling for a while, or maybe it's come out of the blue, but your child coming out is a monumental moment for them. Knowing what to do when your child comes out can make a huge difference to their wellbeing. Despite society making major headway in...

Free Father’s Day activities- get yours here!

Free Father’s Day activities- get yours here!

Want to make your Father's Day a little more fun? On this page you can download free Father's Day activities sheets to complete with your kids. Make your Father's Day experience this year even more fun by enjoying watching the kids fill in our fun sheets- all about...

Pin It on Pinterest