Monday, March 25, 2019

There is no such thing as a good smack...

"It never did me any harm"

"How else will they ever learn?"

"Kids these days need a good smack."

That is what they say, don't they. Parents who smack their kids. Or worse, people who think that parents should smack their kids. So many cliches.  All of these statements are actually quite disturbing. There is no such thing as a 'good smack.'

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Pet Sounds and Dad Sounds

Write a blog, she said.

It will be really good, she said.

It will be dead easy, she said.

And so it went on for months, until I finally caved in agreed, and set up a blog.

"So what are you going to call it then?"  And this is where the hard part begins.  I've played in bands for years, and the hardest bit was always coming up with a good name that wasn't already taken.  It seems that the same is true of blogging.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

International Women's Day 2019

Image may contain: 11 people, outdoorI was proud to march alongside my wife and daughters for International Women's Day this year. This day is very important for men and women across the world as we seek to address a balance between the sexes, fight inequality and address issues such as gender-based violence, equal pay and harmful gender stereotypes. We have three girls and want to teach them that the world is theirs. My wife was invited to talk at the rally and involved the children in her talk.

My wife spoke about harmful gender stereotypes and the effect that it can have on children growing  up. The two younger girls finished off the talk with their own inspiring words. Alice, who is seven proudly spoke into the microphone 'Everything is for everyone!' And Rosie, who is five, bravely said 'I can do anything I want!' The people at the rally cheered and we were so proud.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Building a Rocket

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Sourcing our boxes from the supermarket
As a science teacher, I am very passionate about teaching our kids in creative and demonstrative ways. I want my girls to know that science is very much for everyone and that they can get involved in all kinds of ways. My wife came up with the idea that we should build a rocket. Not just one made out of a used toilet roll cardboard - a mega life-size (ish) rocket made out of boxes and covered in tin foil. This rocket was going to go on an actual (imaginary) space mission. I thought it sounded like a good idea, and definitely something the kids would enjoy, so we set to work.

First of all we talked to the kids about what jobs they could do in space, and a bit about space missions in general. They then decided to make some ID cards complete with bar codes to swipe to enter the rocket.

We sourced some cardboard boxes and set to building.