The 20 week scan is a pretty big occasion in the pregnancy calendar. At the almost half-way point our baby will have developed most of their physical attributes and one of the key things that you can often identify at this point is the sex of the baby.

And here in lies the problem. I love my world to be filled with perpendicular angles and straight edges, where everything has its perfect place and where the finest details matter to the nth degree. But I often find myself beaten and defeated by the proverbial whirlwind that is my wife. For example, I’m convinced that whenever I clean our living room (and it’s FAR more often than she will allow anyone to believe – honest) and I line all our books on our book shelf in height order with all the spines running in a perfect line, she comes along and jumbles them all up again or when I line all our shoes up in the cupboard in order of frequency worn, she then stacks them up like dominoes to come tumbling out in a torrent of heels and rubber as soon as I open the door.

You see, the big difference between us is that while Natalie loves surprises even just for surprises sake, I like the ‘Ronseal effect’ – in that it does exactly what it says on the tin (with no surprises thank you!)

So when I first raised the idea about finding out the sex of the baby, it was met with about as much excitement as I would expect to get after suggesting we put all our DVD’s in alphabetical order. “But darling

Tip of the day Tips archive Today's Daily Tip

Do your children know how to share? Why not put extra focus on sharing this week with an exciting reward for all of you at the end.

--DAD team
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Bring your children up with a firm basis for values; it is likely to impact on their behaviour in a positive way. 

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