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Category: Parenting

  • More shouting and screaming

    Today’s emotional disaster came courtesy of some shoes I bought a couple of years ago.

  • Meltdown consistency

    I’ve had three meltdowns from La Serpiente in two days now. Last night she raged and raged after she didn’t have enough dessert. This morning, she wept because I told her she had to carry her violin to school, and things got so bad we had to sit on a bench and read a book […]

  • Pancakes and copious weeping

    I woke up late this morning and took the girls for pancakes. Normally we get a big table to ourselves, but because we were late, the big tables were all full and the three of us crouched around a small table. Things went fine until Destroyer, trying to return her empty babycinno cup and saucer, […]

  • The consolations of violence

    This morning I took the girls to school, and on the way: we argued about how many dogs we’d seen Destroyer picked up a catkin and gave it to me to take to work we got all the way to school without drama, and then Destroyer’s face fell, her mouth turned to an upturned crescent […]

  • Rage at bedtime

    Tonight my plan was to brush the girls’ teeth, read them a story and let my wife put them to bed. Unfortunately, Destroyer tried to bring an armful of stuffed toys into the bathroom with her. When she dumped them on the floor and I asked her to remove them, I didn’t realise all hell […]

  • Learning for myself and the kids

    Yesterday, after promising it to her for six months, I finally took La Serpiente to the Decathlon superstore and bought her a real bike, with pedals and brakes and everything. But without stabilisers, despite the security guard outside the shop telling me she needed them, because if there’s one thing that holds you back from […]

  • Wins and losses

    This was my last Sunday with my family before they fly away and I don’t see them for a month, so I took Destroyer and La Serpiente out for pancakes, and after that went off climbing. Serving me right for this neglect of fatherly duties, my scooter skidded after I’d gone over a bit of […]

  • Fractured bedtime

    After rushing through KLIA2 after my plane landed more than an hour late, and then getting a train into Kuala Lumpur and not getting to bed until 2 this morning, I was quite tired, but I was happy to get home and see the family. It was my turn to put the girls to bed.

  • Night moves

    I couldn’t get to sleep last night, and so at 1am I got up and shambled around the house, scheming about my Blood Bowl match I had scheduled for the morning. Eventually returning to bed, on the verge of sleep, I heard La Serpiente open her bedroom door and start calling to Destroyer, before coming […]

  • Early to rise, late to bed, makes a man groggy and angry I said

    Both children came in about 4 this morning, asking adorably cute but very annoying questions like "what do you call something that is half person and half horse?" Discussions of centaurs are not a thing to be having at stupid o’clock.