Friday, 2 September 2016

The Space - my children's book, free

One thing I do feel some 'Dad Pride' over is that I think I gave my boys a decent introduction to books, through our regular bedtime stories. Reading the classics inevitably gave me the idea, along with 99% of the population, that I might have a book of my own in me.

That book has sat in a drawer for years (and yes I have bought the Writers and Artists' Yearbook). As I have largely given up hope of having it properly published, I thought I would post it here so you can have it for free (although see back page about donations...)

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I would be delighted if you were to download it, read it with your kids (you can print it, or the PDF actually works pretty well on a tablet or smartphone), share it...

And please let me know here, by email on or on Twitter @jonmsutton what you think of it. Some might say the plot makes no sense whatsoever... I prefer to think it leaves space for valuable parent/child discussion...

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Dad song #12

Inspired by a Father's Day viewing of the surprisingly funny 'Daddy's Home'…

My son calls another man daddy
He'll ne'er know my name nor my face
God only knows how it hurts me
For another to be in my place

"Stop telling men they're useless at childcare"

Others continue to pick up on the need for some 'Dad Pride': see this article from Andrew Watts in The Spectator.

I used to be on the receiving end of these comments quite a lot on 'Daddy days' when the boys were younger. Less so these days, but I think there's still a general sense if I am alone with the boys for a weekend that it's a miracle if they come through it unscathed. 

I maintain that many of the Dads I know are fantastic, and that many parents - Dads and Mums alike - inevitably have the odd moment they're less proud of. Incidentally, on that note, it's well worth listening to Adam Buxton's interview with Doc Brown where he talks about children's books, and in particular 'Not now, Bernard'. If you haven't read it, do: it's a splendidly dark exploration of parental neglect.

A celebration of Dad jokes

It seems it has been a year since I last posted, and another Father's Day prompts me to return.

I think my two young boys, now nearly 12 and 9, finally disowned me this Father's Day following an elaborate and protracted build up to the punchline 'Ghostlusters'. This reminded me that this whole blog could conceivably be a front for my continued obsession with Dad jokes, which will be familiar to anyone who follows me on Twitter.

So for the first of a hopefully more regular series of posts, I thought I would share a radio show that I took part in for last Father's Day - a celebration of Dad jokes.