It's remarkable what you can get from a list: its succinctness means it is so often like a story where you fill in the gaps. Responses to Things I inherited from my mum are sideways portraits, full of love but also unafraid to acknowledge their subject's less attractive qualities.
If we're to cope with and survive this stage of parenting (however long it lasts - please give me hope parents of four year olds) I feel like it is essential that we understand the tantrum process.
As a bisexual man and a reformed serial dater I have a lot of experience in the field and whether you like men, women or both my advice is to be happy with yourself first. Don't go out there like some desperate incomplete person searching for your other half. Put yourself out there with no expectation of finding someone, just enjoy meeting people and having a nice evening
What do I know? Very little in truth. But at reaching 32 I decided to set myself a handbook. A guidebook list if you like of pointers to keep a smile on my face. We are human beings and more often than not we forget about the little things but mostly we're all in the same boat. Here is some of my advice and inevitabilities.
The BBC has published a list of the '21st Century's 100 Greatest Films", collectively compiled by 177 critics from around
He is a disloyal, food stealing, baby waking, neighbour visiting, smelly trip hazard... but for some reason we keep him around. The dog came to live with us a year or so before the toddler was born. As a baby, she was fairly disinterested in him, as he was in her (with the obvious exception of meal times).
We'd have a better chance of winning if we put some of these people forward.
The 'X-Factor' reject now makes a few bob on the side recording short video messages for people, like when he recently sang
In a pre-child life, if someone were to ask me what I got up to at the weekend and I replied that I went swimming and to the supermarket all in one day, the person asking might look at me as if to say 'and...?'. With children, doing two different things in 24 hour period is something to be proud of. Medal-winning territory.