A journalist phoned me the other day. ''I see from your blog that you've been a stay-at-home dad for the past 13 years. I wonder if you have any tips for men who are suffering from the economic downturn and are finding it hard being stuck at home all day with the kids.' "How long have you got?" I felt like saying.
I believe strongly that high quality childcare is something which should be accessible to all, particularly as research shows that children who attend an excellent setting (nursery), followed by receiving a high standard of teaching in a primary school, have a significant boost in their development.
Christmas is traditionally quite a gendered holiday, especially when it comes to children. Here are some lovely dolls to buy for the girls in your life, and some toy dinosaurs for the boys. And don't forget about the miniature cooking utensils and vacuum cleaners - learning how to keep house is, of course, all girls really want and need.
As a family lawyer, I have advised many mothers and fathers, both separated and divorced, on shared parenting during the festive season. No one wants to be exchanging solicitors' letters the day before Christmas, so it's essential that you plan ahead and consider the practicalities, while keeping your children's best interests at heart.