Joe Ellis-Gage
Joe Ellis-Gage is a father, a husband and a full time nurse. A people watcher and reluctant socialiser. Joe writes about all things dad-like. His blog discusses a variety of issues from worrying about his young baby when she is unwell at just five days old to an awkward discussion with his daughter after she claimed to talk to his dead father when she goes to bed! Parents will relate to his stories and ranting whilst others will smile and laugh at the ridiculousness of his children and his laid back parenting style.

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Entries by Joe Ellis-Gage

Five Lessons to Be Learnt From Frozen

(0) Comments | Posted 11 July 2014 | (00:10)

I've somehow managed to avoid writing about Frozen up until now. This is incredible considering how much of my life it seems to have taken up recently. Now of course Frozen has a moral message about the importance of family and love and blah blah blah. I'm not too interested...

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Are All Children Compulsive Liars?

(5) Comments | Posted 7 July 2014 | (17:17)


Are all children compulsive liars? I'm waiting to find out. I know Anna is. I've had a few years to find that out. Iris' language is obviously only just starting to come out so it's hard to tell yet. She looks...

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Why I Still See My Friends - A Response to 'A Morning Grouch'...

(2) Comments | Posted 22 May 2014 | (00:00)

So I read this article on HuffPost Parents about not hanging out with your friends as much once you have kids. And it got me thinking. I got the point of the article. I understand that life changes once you have children and you see some...

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Never Did Me Any Harm... Really?

(3) Comments | Posted 14 May 2014 | (21:03)

Photo - Joe Ellis-Gage

I'm glad that my children aren't perfectly well behaved all the time. It's important for children to be naughty some times. To do silly things. To push the boundaries. (Ok, ask me when the girls are teenagers and...

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Peppa and George Will Now Battle to the Death

(0) Comments | Posted 28 April 2014 | (23:30)


There are many aspects of parenting which you can't be taught. In fact almost all parenting skills can't be taught. There are often decisions to make which have no clear rights or wrongs. You kind of have to feel your way...

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Is Blogging Really Fair On My Children?

(0) Comments | Posted 19 April 2014 | (23:45)


I have a pretty rubbish memory. Not that I don't remember things but I have a habit of remembering things like old telephone numbers, unimportant dates and what socks I was wearing on Christmas day 1995. However I quickly forget what...

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Niamh - The Beautiful Baby Girl I Miss So Much, Even Though I Never Met Her

(0) Comments | Posted 20 March 2014 | (11:48)

(Picture of Niamh by Rebecca Mizon)

I genuinely think that I was as excited about Becky and Neil expecting Niamh as I was when Carolyn was expecting Anna and Iris. And I don't mean that in a dismissive way about my...

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In Six Weeks Time It Will All Have Changed - Reassuring Advice for All Parents

(0) Comments | Posted 2 March 2014 | (22:03)

Photo by Alice Copperwheat.

I don't tend to get much advice from my grandfather these days. However I did get some from him recently. Which is odd. And not just because he died in 1999. It was odd because the advice was...

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Three Reasons Why Having Cats Doesn't Prepare You for Having Children

(0) Comments | Posted 25 February 2014 | (21:29)


You are in a long term relationship. You are happy and settled. You live together. You may have even bought a house or got married. All is good. Except you aren't quite 'there' yet. 'There' being ready for children. It's likely...

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Does Society Need to Catch Up With Modern Family Life?

(0) Comments | Posted 12 February 2014 | (21:13)


I work full time. My wife works full time. It may not be ideal but it's what we have to do. Other people do the same, others both work part time, some have one working partner and one at home. Some don't work...

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Are We Stealing Our Children's Memories?

(1) Comments | Posted 10 February 2014 | (11:50)

I don't remember much from being a kid, but the stuff I do remember I remember quite fondly. I remember eating lots of potato and baked beans. I remember spud guns. I remember Chuckie Egg. I remember Star Wars toys (before my mum made us sell them). I remember bounce...

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Love Overrules Rational Thought - Challenges for New Parents

(0) Comments | Posted 2 February 2014 | (15:31)


People with children like to tell those expecting children that life changes when you have a child. Obviously.
It would be really odd, alarming in fact, if having a child didn't change your life. However I think what people...

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How Not to Bring Up Independent Thinkers

(1) Comments | Posted 30 January 2014 | (21:24)

I like telling people about the funny things that happen in my life. Obviously... I spend a lot of time writing these blogs but only if people want to listen. And if you are reading this then you are here because you have chosen to come here and not because...

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Second Child Guilt

(0) Comments | Posted 28 January 2014 | (21:57)


- Most of the stuff you write about is Anna.
- Yeah but all Iris says is "more"
- Well when she is 18 and I have give her the memory box containing mementos from her life and all you can...

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Kids Say the Freakiest Things

(0) Comments | Posted 27 January 2014 | (15:33)

Kids say the funniest things. That's what they say. Whoever 'they' are. And yes I quite agree. So when I had my own children I expected them to say funny things. I wasn't, however, anticipating the amount of creepy stuff they say. Kids say the creepiest things. One day 'they'...

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