Simon Sweetman

Simon Sweetman is a music journalist, short story writer and poet. He blogs at Off The Tracks.

Parents
Jun 13, 2017

Til death do us part: How miscarriages made my marriage stronger

'It hurts, and it’s hard, and it’s weird.' Simon Sweetman writes about the miscarriages he and his wife suffered together, and the love that saw them through on their journey towards parenthood.

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Parents
Mar 9, 2017

Flunking Toddler Idol: A nightmare morning at the B4 School Check

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?

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Parents
Dec 20, 2016

The Threat of Santa: Why the man in the North Pole is a parent's best friend

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.

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Parents
Nov 16, 2016

No Holiday: On the decision about whether to have ‘another’

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.

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Parents
Oct 20, 2016

Simon Sweetman: About that time Robbie Williams tweeted a photo of my son

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?

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Parents
Oct 7, 2016

‘I quit work for this?!’ Simon Sweetman on life as a stay-at-home dad

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.

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