Should you go on holiday with the kids

We’re right in the middle of the ‘depressing months’, you know the ones. Christmas is over and you’ve had enough of the cold weather, warm fires and layered clothing (that you all seemed to want six months ago, ahem). We’re… Continue Reading →

Pontypandy: ‘Priced’ out of the market

Welsh town of Pontypandy decreases its annual safety spend by 678% After years of huge insurance premiums and counting the cost of ’emergency services call out charges’ the people of the small welsh village of Pontypandy decided they’d had enough…. Continue Reading →

Canadians are weird

Sorry about the clickbait title, here’s a conversation I had with the little nan: 7yo: We had pancakes in school and I liked their maple syrup. It didn’t have that horrible aftertaste Me: It was probably golden syrup. It tastes… Continue Reading →

The Best Presents a Dad Can Ask For

Any full time parent deserves a break once and awhile and to likes to be shown that they are appreciated for all the hard work and stuff they put up with on a daily basis. Whether you need some inspiration… Continue Reading →

The School drop off – narrated by David Attenborough.

The legend, Sir David Attenbourgh, he won’t be with us much longer, guys. (Sorry, I have to say it). Appreciate him and his documentaries while you can. He’s an institution. I remember sitting beside my dad watching his shows as… Continue Reading →

A-Z of Parenting

So you’ve decided to become a parent? What do you need to know? Well, regular readers will know I usually cut to the chase. I’m not a ‘word mincer’, I’m not going to pretend it will be a string of… Continue Reading →

Bedtime Gremlins – a rhyme

My children are like mogwai, Do you know what I mean? By day they’re all cute But at night they’re obscene!! They turn into ‘naughty gremlins’ at the stroke of nine, Highly strung mutants, With no concept of time! As… Continue Reading →

10 things that piss me off

Were you ever asked something and you just had to do it, really quickly? Even though you had something else on? 15 minutes ago a Mixed up Mummy tagged me to tell her what 10 things that piss me off,… Continue Reading →

The secret of the Parental Power Phrase

Choose your attributes wisely. You’ve just become a parent and ‘leveled up’ in the ultimate RPG (that’s Role Playing Game for the uninitiated) that we call ‘life’. What does this mean? Well, to those versed in the ‘ins and outs’… Continue Reading →

Incredibly annoying and time consuming 100 questions tag

#100questionstag Did you ever watch ‘The Ring’? You know the one; watch a specific VHS tape and soon you’ll die, a scary girl down a well (who really needs a clip to keep the hair out of her eyes), can… Continue Reading →

Sob Story Saturday – the ‘Ex Factor’

Does your partner watch TV Singing contests? Ever notice that some contestants make up for their comparative lack of talent with a recently deceased relative story? Or the ‘Ex Factor’ (as I’ve recently decided it’s called). Below is an example… Continue Reading →

Top of the Poppins: 2017’s Countdown

Having just gone self-hosted, I’ve had to transfer, edit and generally go through all my old posts over the last week or so and in doing so a few things have sprung to mind: I’ve had some funny stuff happen… Continue Reading →

Popular Sayings (said in a parenting context)

Some of the things people say are a bit mad aren’t they? You know what I mean, popular sayings and turns of phrase that ‘roll off the tongue’ without a thought for where they come from. ‘The early bird gets the worm’… Continue Reading →

Has social media stopped us being social?

Remember that time before smart phones?   When you had to, like…. be on time and talk to the person you were meeting (rather than congregate and browse social media in each other’s presence). If you didn’t arrive at the… Continue Reading →

I STARTed in November

Just before Christmas, I participated in the START campaign from @safefood_eu #makeastart much to the amusement of my wife. You see I’m not a typical ‘healthy person’, I don’t have an Instagram account devoted strictly to avocados or squats (I’m… Continue Reading →

Miss-sold PPI: the ‘Perceived Parenting Ideology’?

The issue of mis-sold Perceived Parenthood Ideology or PPI was very widespread in the western world.

It came to light aroud 2011 that groups of ‘parental influencers’ (commonly referred to as ‘they’) in both Ireland and the UK had been pushing PPI to people who had ‘no need for it’ or ‘could not benefit from it’.

 

Dad Music: Is it hip to be square?

At what point do Dads stop being their kids’ role models and become ‘square old fogies’ who are out of touch? It’s bound to happen, once again, the Simpsons called it way back… (see above image)   I mean, the… Continue Reading →

Police’s Worldwide Warning:

The world sleeps with one eye open tonight, gripped by fear. The fear that once again an unknown individual or individuals will enter homes across the globe as you sleep. We send our roving reporter, Holly Bow out and about to ask what you thought…

 

“It’s like they see you when you are sleeping and know when your awake”, commented Terry Fied.

The unwritten rules of Christmas

At this time of year you’ll hear all about people’s family traditions and see lists upon lists of people’s ‘favourite Christmas this’ and ‘favourite Christmas that’ but what about the things that aren’t traditional or typically anyone’s favourite? You know what I’m talking about… the stuff that happens nearly every year but doesn’t get it’s place of prominence in the build up to the big day (and probably for good reason).

 So with that in mind, Daddy Poppins brings you the (previously) unwritten rules of Christmas….

What is the funniest/strangest thing your kid has asked Santa for?

So, I had so much fun collating the ‘worst Christmas present you’ve ever received post‘ that I decided to ask the t’interwebs what the funniest/strangest thing their kid ever asked Santa for?

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