Friday, January 27, 2006

A Bloke's Guide to Surviving Children

When those lovely people at Britishmums.com asked me (of all people) to start up a new blog aimed at British fathers bringing up children abroad, I initially thought they must be suffering from some form of collective post-natal stress disorder.

If you've ever had the energy to read through some of my archived articles you'll know that I don't hold with the conventional views of fatherhood as preached according to the gospel of Vi Föräldrar, but rather more agree with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, who once famously said:

"To be a successful father there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years".

But the more I started thinking about it, the more the concept of a blog for Dads appealed to me.

Because you see men think very differently from women when it comes children.

We try not to show it of course, throwing ourselves obediently and enthusiastically into everything from naughty zones to baby massage classes.

However, it's only when blokes get together, far away from the ears and eyes of their wives and partners, that the real truth comes out and we all start reminiscing about the good old days when they used to put children up chimneys to earn a bit of money.

So I’ve created a blog for all you Dads (and would-be Dads) to come and shoot the breeze, exchange ideas and stories about fatherhood and most of all, have a bit of a laugh.

It's going to be a place where Dads can express themselves openly and honestly, and maybe find some comfort in discovering that they’re not the only man on the planet who, no matter how hard he tries, can never ever dress his child to the complete satisfaction of his wife or partner.

Dads can find it here. Mothers should stay away and look here!

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