Parenting can be a rough ride. It’s the hardest, most demanding job that you’ll ever willingly accept. Sometimes it’s nice to have a break from that job and do something as a couple like you used to be able to do back in the day. You know, be able to look at each other for longer than five minutes without the panic of “oh shit where is she?” or “please don’t wake up.” But when the time came where we found ourselves away together from our daughter for only the second time, we almost instantly missed her. Having a Demanding, Chaotic,…

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This time last year I was still suffering with postnatal depression. But since my wife and I were celebrating our paper anniversary together, I decided to write her a letter. Of course, at the time, I didn’t have this blog. So I had absolutely no intention of anyone ever seeing what I wrote. But since I’m quite public with a lot of my thoughts and feelings, I thought I’d share this. I’m mainly doing it to give you a little bit of an insight into my mindset when Isabelle was roughly 10 weeks old. This is virtually unedited to what…

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Technically this title is slightly misleading. Me and Rachel have of course both been away from Isabelle at the same time. We do both work. So technically leaving the baby is something we’ve already done. But yesterday was the first time we’ve purposefully left Isabelle to do something as a couple. And she hasn’t long turned one years old! And we’re off to the cinema! This is actually the first time me and Rachel have been away from Isabelle as a couple. We’ve both been to work at the same time. But we’ve never actually left her to do anything…

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Yesterday morning I got a little bit irritated with Rachel. She had the cheek to ask me to get up with Isabelle, when I was already awake, so she could have an extra hour or so in bed! Which of course, is actually a pretty reasonable thing to request. Isabelle’s Going Through a Leap I mentioned the other day that Isabelle had started having more tantrums. Well that’s due, at least in part, to the fact she’s going through another leap. What this leap also means, like every other one before them, is that she’s a lot fussier, needier and…

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In an article posted on the BBC, they talked about the negative affects of arguing to children. This is going to be less a post about actual scientific research, and more just my opinions on it. I might come back through at a later day and add research, but for now, this is just my current take on arguing and its affects on children. What Damage Does Arguing Do to Children? There’s no doubt that persistent, destructive arguing can be damaging to not only children, but of course to the parents themselves. Maybe it’s not as bad as smacking children,…

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