Author Archives: Andrew Smith

Overlooked parenting equipment #1: ear plugs

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You think that’s a joke? Then you’re obviously not a parent. Sometimes there’s nothing you can do other than let the baby cry. There’s no way you can stop it (in fact it will get worse if you try) and there’s nowhere you can go. You need a pair of… Read more »

They’ll walk sooner, if you let them

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This is turning into a theme: will you just let the kids learn something without someone hovering over them? My first kid never crawled, but he was walking on his own at 10 months. I never gave it much thought – my opinion is that they’re all going to do… Read more »

Limits exist mostly just in your mind

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This is as true for adults as it is for adults’ attitudes to their children. “Oh my god you let him do that!?” Yes, piss off. This is one example, a workbench I built for my son entirely out of scraps except for the vice which I bought for 20$:… Read more »

Tough daddy daycare

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My wife made this for me last year, it’s pretty neat 🙂 I’m not running a daycare, but I do think now and then about starting some kind of dads group. For sure I’m not the only dad who wants to be involved in his children’s upbringing without turning into… Read more »

I do smirk at people sometimes

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smirk verb [V] to smile in a silly or unpleasant way that shows that you are pleased with yourself, know sth that other people do not know, etc It is my nature to be nice, too nice. So much so that over the last decade I have been consciously training… Read more »