When the child says ‘Bo’, select her

We’re getting a puppy. I told my son, in no uncertain terms, that it was never going to happen and now it is. This tale began in lockdown. I’d taken Jackson for a walk one day – when he had started schooling from home and I had started living at work – and he asked […]

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DIVERSIFYING DAD

I’m doing a radio interview for Father’s Day this Sunday, and so earlier this week a producer got in touch to clarify a few points about who I am.

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THE COVID-26: AN A TO Z GLOSSARY OF THE MOST GLOSSED OVER TERMS OF COVID-19

Anyone out there with a pulse and a LinkedIn profile will know that now is a tough time to run a business. The economic uncertainty; the physical distance from your clients and colleagues; and the relentless Zoom calls, when you’re unknowingly on mute as you deliver your finest ever TED-worthy monologue. The challenges are real […]

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THE ART OF DEALING WITH SELF-ISOLATED LITTLE MONSTERS

I find it pretty awful when people try to reassure me that I’m a good parent right now. Instead of revelling in the words of praise, I recoil as I recall all the recent times I’ve nearly exploded, pushed by a child to the edge of quarantined sanity. Go ahead and #sourdough your way through […]

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FIRE, OH, FIRE: MY SON SUMS UP FIERY HOMESCHOOLING

Yesterday was horrendous. While, strictly speaking, it was the first day back at (home) school after the Easter holidays, I suppose parents across the country made a decision about how stressful they were going to make it for themselves. I – perhaps predictably – went full-force. I could have eased my son back in, but […]

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THE WORLD JUST CHANGED, GO EASY ON YOURSELF AND YOUR KIDS

Lots of parents and guardians across the UK picked their children up from school for the last time in who-knows-how-long on Friday this week. The abruptness, shock, fear and confusion of it all reminded me of something else: grief. And grief, at least as I experienced it, can feel a lot like pressure. What will […]

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#MEFLU: COULD CORONAVIRUS KILL SEX IN THE WORKPLACE?

Three things have been been fighting for my attention this week: The Morning Show (Apple TV’s compelling drama about the #MeToo movement), a diagnosis of superior limbic keratoconjunctivitis (a longstanding eye issue that has made me look like I’ve just been dug up) and Coronavirus. Yesterday, all three of these things, incongruously, came together. Before […]

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LONDON SLEEPS: POET’S FILM CAPTURES CAPITAL’S DESERTED STREETS

I used to love reading the poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas when I was child. The idea that ‘not a creature was stirring’ in my house made the idea of Father Christmas’s arrival even more exciting. I would stare out of my bedroom window and convince myself that he had magically turned the sky […]

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LOST FOR WORDS: A NEW BOOK BY ME, MY SON AND MANY OTHER BEREAVED CHILDREN

This is a preview of the foreword of Lost for Words, a new book created by the Life Matters task force – a coalition calling for better support for bereaved families – to mark Children’s Grief Awareness Week 2019. The book is made up of advice and insights by children across the UK, bereaved from […]

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BRAVING THE RELAUNCH

My late wife, Desreen, was very funny. She had a completely different take on the world to anyone else I’ve ever met. For instance, after she’d given birth to our son she never really spoke negatively about wanting to lose weight or build back the stomach muscles that were cut open during her emergency caesarean. […]

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BE THE THINGS YOU LOVED MOST ABOUT THE PEOPLE WHO ARE GONE

It would have been my late wife’s 40th birthday today. Last night I shared a post about her on Instagram, based loosely on the eulogy I gave at her funeral almost seven years ago. The message was simple: remember her this weekend by doing something she would have done (even if you never had the […]

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