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Since the term came into being, I’ve been intrigued by Stay At Home Mums (SAHMs) in the sense of ‘how do they do it?’ But I’ve been even more intrigued by Stay At Home Dads (SAHDs). With various stigmas, taboos and ‘odd looks’, how on earth do SAHDs do it?
How do they do the whole house husband, SAHD ‘thing’?
‘A Modern Father (…and Dad blogger)’ gives a fascinating insight into the world of John Adams, his wife and 2 young daughters. In his book, he talks us through his experience of a maternity ward from a Dad’s point of view (the good, the bad and frank), he shares humourous accounts of times with his daughters – one being a visit to the dentist that had me chuckling away in acknowledgement (to a degree), the milestone of starting school and with it the baptism of being a dad at the school gate. Also included are very personal insights into the sacrifices his wife makes, along with the judgement people make of her going to work.
The section that really stands out for me is ‘Sex and the Stay at Home Dad’. The similarities between a SAHD and SAHM struck me. In fact the similarities to parenting in general. Meaning that when Adams scratches his head at the suggestion that SAHDs are more likely to play away (given the amount of women they comparatively encounter due to circumstance), he does so by concluding that he couldn’t possibly fit any ‘extra curricular’ activities into his day. That is a statement that had me nodding my head in agreement (not that I have considered playing away I might add!) Working in the traditional sense or keeping on top of housework and general family life leaves little or no time for bed hopping… That is why this book is universal in the world of parenting and beyond.
Adams refers to several blog posts in his book and this may deter many of his blog followers from reading this. I would encourage them to have a read all the same, on the basis that this is written in a very easy-to-read style, as his blog, and the sections compliment each other to give a balanced insight into his world.
You can tweet the author John Adams @dadbloguk and visit his blog at dadbloguk.com
Note: This book was provided to me free of charge but all words and opinions are my own. Co-published by John Adams and CronxBooks. This post contains affiliate links.
Picture credit: Ania Wilk-Lawton of Photography for Parents.
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oyed by the clueless victim. And it hadn’t taken long to work either. Our murderer hadn’t reckoned on it being sofast-working.
Books come in all shapes and sizes,
Different genres and many guises;
In paperback they can be found,
And in hardback, perfectly bound.
Or how about the ebook era
In black and white on a ‘reader’?
Some don’t like them, some folk do;
I’m quite partial and have written a few…
However you prefer to read,
Books spread knowledge, help us succeed;
Help us relax, de-stress the mind,
Help us escape and unwind.
Reading is the perfect pastime,
From true romance to a gritty crime;
Without books where would we be?
Let’s grab a book and cup of tea!
So, what is thunder?
The time was going quickly,
The landscape whizzing by,
No sooner had she left the platform,
Feelings were soaring high…
The clankety-clank of the wheels,
The swaying of the train,
Had left her feeling sleepy,
And excited all the same.
Familiar sights coming into view,
Feelings still as high,
The train grinding to a halt,
It all made her wonder why.
Why she felt a pang of loss,
Why she felt at ease,
Why she was missing where she had left,
Why she felt so pleased.
Then the familiar face,
Waiting at the side,
The warm welcome greeted her,
From a hug to the loving eyes.
This weekend had come up fast,
For that was elated,
But the four days would just not last,
And for that felt deflated.
Familiar sights, sounds, tastes, feelings, smells,
All of the five senses,
Never leave home where the proverbial heart is,
The four walls and the fences.
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Benny Broad Bean
Out of all the characters in ‘The Garden Gang’ books by Jayne Fisher, these are the ones that I loved the most as a child.
I found the stories that Fisher wrote to be enchanting. They really captured my young imagination with the colourful drawings and the cheeky veggie names! Little did she know how popular her garden gang books would be when she started writing them at the tender age of 9. She was to be the youngest ever Ladybird author at the age of 12. What an incredible achievement!
The inside cover of my own well-thumbed copy of ‘Wee Willie Water Melon and Betty Beetroot tells me that Jayne had:
“…her own little garden at home which gave her the ideas for these stories. Jayne’s bold, colourful felt-tipped pen illustrations are bound to appeal to young children…”
So not only was she a talented young author, she also created the vivid, bold illustrations too. I wonder what she is doing now?…