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Top Tips for Trooper Teeth

Neil Sinclair | Posted 12.11.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

This blog was developed in association with Dominique Tillen, founder of Brush Baby - specialists in dental care for babies and young children. I rec...

Olympics: What's in a Flame?

Neil Sinclair | Posted 25.09.2012 | UK Sport
Neil Sinclair

I have always loved the Olympics and really wanted my troopers to experience the excitement of the greatest sporting event on earth first hand. So I tried everything I could to get tickets: I entered the ticket lotteries for the Olympics and Paralympics, and every competition to win tickets that I could find. But it was all to no avail. I could not get a single ticket. It would be fair to say I was bitterly disappointed.

Top Tips: Entertaining the Troops on Long Car Journeys

Neil Sinclair | Posted 24.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

Ah, the joy of transporting the troops during the summer holidays. Road works, slow moving vehicles and sheer volume of traffic can ensure that even the shortest distance can end up being a long car journey.

Dads: Perception v Reality

Neil Sinclair | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

I've noticed something strange about the way society views us dads. By and large, where we appear in the news or on TV, we are seen as unreliable, feckless parents, or disinterested ones who are likely to abandon the family at a moment's notice. But that doesn't tally with my experience in any way.

Are Children's Classics 'Suitable' for Modern Ears?

Neil Sinclair | Posted 25.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

There was a bit of debate on Twitter this week, sparked by an article on Parentdish, about whether or not we should read our troopers the 'classics'.

Daddy Daycare? This Daddy Didn't Care for It

Neil Sinclair | Posted 17.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

I've been a stay-at-home dad for 10 years and I'm telling you that you don't need to go to the local nursery for a crash course in childcare to be a better dad. You need to get to grips with the skills you need with your own children. Don't believe that as men we're not biologically programmed to parent.

Literally one of the best things you can do for your Troopers: Read them a book

Neil Sinclair | Posted 13.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

Reading to your troopers is such an easy thing to do - you don't need any special equipment (I read everything to my troopers. Not just books but maga...

Child's Play: Getting Used to Playgroups

Neil Sinclair | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

At a recent NCT group meeting for new dads called 'Hit the Ground Crawling' I had the opportunity to ask these new parents about their most daunting e...

Heaven Can't Wait

Neil Sinclair | Posted 26.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

My wonderful granddad Edward, 'Teddy' Williams died today, aged 94. He was a fantastic man, and everyone who knew him would tell you that. He lived in...

Healthy Packed Lunches for Kids

Neil Sinclair | Posted 05.03.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

It is important that children are fed a healthy diet to promote growth, sustain energy, improve concentration and boost natural defences. At school it is especially important that a child's lunch contains plenty of nutrients to stock up on those used throughout the morning and keep them sustained throughout the afternoon.