As parents we talk a lot about firsts, but rarely of lasts Continue reading The Last Time
Inspired by the Mates of State song ‘Open Book’ a short piece on why I feel less able to share. Continue reading Open Book
My life story told through the medium of FIFA world cups. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Continue reading My life in world cups
How Blackbird became the unofficial song (and bird) of our family. Continue reading Blackbird
“That’s my daughter, in the water” – Loudon Wainwright – Daughter
It seems they start swimming the moment they leave the womb nowadays (this is almost literally in the cases of water births). A good thing it is too. Get them used to the water when they’re young and it will never seem a strange and scary place. Swimming itself will come more naturally when they’re not worrying about the water.
We fully intended for our daughter to go to one of the many water based baby groups, but due to one thing and another she was past two by the time I took her to her first swimming class. Still very young of course, and I’m sure I was much older than that when I learnt to swim, but my daughter was alone amongst her group in being entirely new to the water, as other parents regaled with the time their kids had spent in the pool on various holidays that I’m still not sure how people with young children afford.