When Simon Sweetman took his son Oscar to the B4 School Check, it did not go well - and what's worse, it seemed like Oscar was failing the tests on purpose. A typical toddler tantrum, or something else?
One good reason for keeping the belief in Santa alive as long as possible? The awesome power of The Threat of Santa. Simon Sweetman explains how, when it comes to kids at Christmas, a little psychological manipulation can go a long way.
It can start pretty quickly after your first child is born, that simple but annoying question: “So are you going to have a second baby?”. Simon Sweetman writes about hopes, expectations, and making one really big decision.
Music critic Simon Sweetman is famous for his often brutal reviews, and those on the receiving end usually take it on the chin. But not Robbie Williams. A year on, Sweetman looks back at his brief scrap with the pop star – and asks: since when are kids fair game?
Over the next couple of weeks we'll be introducing you to contributors to The Spinoff Parents, our new parenting blog edited by Emily Writes and made possible by Flick Electric Co. Today music writer Simon Sweetman describes why being a stay at home father is the hardest thing he's ever done.