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A visit to a dinosaur theme park – and happy, if embarrassing, memories…

30 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

I don’t think my wife has ever liked dinosaurs, which makes our happy marriage all the more impressive. Like many precocious, bowl-cut-sporting children, I spent an unfortunately large portion of my childhood carting ...

How clever deal making triumphed at bedtime

22 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

It was my wife who first professionalised things. It took place in the common scuffle that kicks off around bedtime, wherein our son insists on one more final book and, inevitably, reneges on the promise the second we...

Can my storytelling skills charm my young son?

31 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

I’m straining to name a dragon and coming up short. My son is looking on impassively, beginning to lose respect for me. Storytime with my son has always been one of the true joys of parenting, but increasingly it’s be...

Now we’re adults, our father doesn’t need to buy his own gifts

42 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

Each year for my father’s birthday, we usually bunch up and get him something nice. It’s partly so we can avoid doubles – I think his current record is receiving four copies of one album by Northern Irish folk singer ...

Despite my youthful appearance they’ve finally given me a Covid jab

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The prick in my arm is momentary and soon it is being dutifully wiped by a pleasant nurse. He goes so far as to tell me that the Moderna is ‘the most expensive on the market’, which makes me feel suitably fancy. I tel...

For my young son, sorry really is the hardest word

47 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

‘You just hit your daddy quite hard and he’s very upset,’ says my wife. He has indeed just hit me, and for the third time in a row. As a very-nearly-three-year-old, his blows aren’t exactly damaging. It usually feels ...

The pros and cons of a trip to the playground

48 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

‘I love slide,’ cries my son with greater emotion than he has ever mustered for me, the man who has fed and clothed him since birth, not to mention facilitated 90% of every slide interaction he’s ever had. We’re at th...

Do kids grow faster when no one is looking?

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Because we’ve seen so little of friends and family over the past year, each time they see my son they’re surprised how big he’s gotten. Actually, surprised is putting it mildly, it’s fair to say some of them are appal...

Irish outrage at Pontins obscures the truth about anti-Traveller racism

80 Uitsigte0 Opmerkings

I was well into my adult years when I realised a word that I, and every other Derry child I knew, had been using as an insult was actually a name. The word, which I won’t repeat here, was used to denote people or acti...