Author: markwoods

Ask your father…

There’s nothing quite like having a five year old in the house to make you realise how little you know. ‘Daddy, how does the microwave work?’ is a perfectly reasonable and on the surface of it very straightforward question to ask. But after saying the words radiation and ping a lot I soon realise the answer is essentially beyond me. As it is for the combustion engine, laptop and even the common or garden dimmer switch. All too often I find myself restating what something is, as a poor substitute for how it actually achieves what it does. A...

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Does Holiday Heaven Exist For The Family of Five?

There was a time, not that long ago, when 2.4 children as a family average was seen as a real revolution in the birth rate business.  After years of football team sized tribes not causing so much as a raised eyebrow, significant social change meant that the big unwieldy family was out and the smaller altogether neater unit was it.  But it didn’t stop there.  Now the figure is at 1.9 meaning there are more children with no siblings than there are those who have two brothers or sisters.  Despite being the youngest of seven I’m not necessarily a...

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Teeth and other forgotten baby phenomenon

You forget about a lot of things in the years since you had a baby in the house. How much you love sleep is a biggy, as is the wet wipe paradox – the more packets you put into your household the less likely you are to be able to find one during a brown alert emergency. It’s the unadulterated pain which the arrival of tiny new teeth create for all concerned that has reasserted itself in our parental memories this week though as our new daughter hits 7 months. Far be it from me to call out mother...

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