Tips

On this page I aim to give tips on how to cope as a stay at home dad. I would also be delighted to receive any tips that you have found helpful.

Tips

  • How to arrange a playdate Although this article isn’t just about the issues stay at home dads have with arranging play dates I feel there are more difficulties for men in this regard. I was recently contacted by another stay at home dad asking if I had managed to arrange playdates for my daughters. I have managed to arrange some, ...
  • Toddlers have half term too! Do you think half term is only for school aged children? If you do think again. Half term has a major impact on my two year old and five month old.   Impact For our own sanity we try and get out of the house as much as possible so toddler groups and classes are a real godsend. ...
  • Tips for surviving long car journeys with children. So as it’s half term next week and most of the toddler classes will not be running we have decided to go and visit friends and family. However this entails a four hour car journey. Below are the tips I can give you from our long car journeys so far as well as memories from ...
  • A picture is worth a thousand words, but what is the best way to print it? If you thought this article was going to be full of beautiful pictures then you are wrong. It’s about the best and cheapest way to print your pictures.   Printing out pictures In this digital age, most of us take photos almost everyday. However, they are often left in the ...
  • Could you be getting Calpol, Sudocrem and Ibuprofen for free? If you live in certain parts of the country and don’t pay prescription charges(i.e. during and after pregnancy, children up to 16, the over 60’s) you could be getting free over-the-counter medicines, i.e. medicines that you don’t need a prescription for. It’s called the minor ailment scheme. Minor Ailment Scheme The minor ailment scheme is basically a ...
  • How to raise bilingual children? How to raise bilingual children is a question I really struggle with. I myself am bilingual having moved to England from Holland when I was a child. I attended primary school in England and secondary school in Holland, before coming to England to attend university. I have lived in England ever since.   I really would like to ...
  • The importance of routine I’ve recently noticed how important a certain amount of routine is to our daughter. I’m not talking about a regimented day to day routine that we have, but about activities that she’s been missing. There have been two recent incidents, which has made part of me feel that we have neglected her needs. However I know ...
  • 17 easy ways to slash your grocery bills. Being a parent usually means the income you are accustomed to suddenly changes drastically. Either one of the parents stays at home to look after the children or both parents work having to pay large nursery or child minding fees. Unless you are lucky enough to have an extended family member or friend look after the children at no ...
  • Are your children wearing the right shoes? Last summer my wife and I were having a discussion about the proper footwear for our daughter. My opinion was that it was fine for her to be barefoot in the park, but my wife believed she needed to wear shoes. My wife was worried about her getting splinters, cuts or dog dirt, which is ...
  • Car insurance tip for new stay at home parents. I saved £300!! When you decide to become a stay at home parent the distance you drive and the use of your car can change quite drastically. So this year when I received my renewal quote from the RAC. I called them up to let them know of my change in circumstances. Only three changes were made.         The changes The mileage went down from ...
  • The top five places to get free drinks in a child friendly environment. Taking your child out most days can get very expensive. it is therefore always good when you can get something for free. Especially somewhere where your child feels comfortable and enjoys. Most of these free drinks entail joining a loyalty reward scheme, but all bar one are free to join. Waitrose:With the My Waitrose loyalty card ...
  • Do you know what to do if your child is choking?     Would you know what to do if your child is choking? Having a seizure? Or got a nasty burn? When your child has a nosebleed should you tilt the head forward or backwards? I for one wouldn’t have known the answers to these questions before my first child was born. However I attended a free first ...
  • The top 5 free things to do with a toddler outside the house. Entertaining a toddler can be an expensive business, classes and outings soon add up so it’s great when you can find some free things to do. Below is a list of some of my favourites.   Museums  Museums are a great place to visit with young children, especially during the week when most older children are in school. ...
  • Attend Toddler Groups/Classes Getting out of the house is very important. Being cooped up all day with a baby or toddler will drive you mad most days so it is good to try and get out as much as possible. Most towns and villages will have local toddler groups often run by volunteers or churches. Sometimes there is ...
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