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I’ve a couple of really busy days in my real job, so I won’t be updating the site much this week.  I’ll try and get a couple more posts on for the A to Z series but can’t promise anything.  Normal service will be resumed very soon, chaps – don’t go anywhere!!

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A little ramble about parenthood

I like this quite a lot, and it certainly reminds me about when I was first handed the task of fatherhood to my little (now not so little – almost 9 year old) boy.  Parenthood in general is such a tricky job, especially in today’s Supernanny society where we are constantly bombarded with a million ‘correct ways of….[add anything child-rearing-related here]’ through books, television and the Internet.

One huge thing which I think comes up more than most is the issue of sleep and how to, or not to put the little angels to bed.  On Tuesday last week I watched ‘Who Knows Best:  Can’t Sleep Kids’ on television, where two families having difficulty getting their kids, and as such themselves to sleep were each given a sleep expert who, at least at the start had differing techniques to get them down.

The two ‘options’, if you like, were either tough love, or a gentler approach.  I have to say I was really quite angry by the end of the show when the lady with the gentler approach (which even involved getting into the cot with your child at some point), changed her tact to the other ‘experts’ more straightforward ‘let them cry until they go to sleep’ approach, but after spending a few weeks tiptoeing around the issue.

Basically, I don’t think there’s a wrong or a right way of doing things as a parent, most of the time anyway.  When getting my boy to sleep I used to make sure either the television was on loud or that there was loud-ish music playing at the same time.  That way I knew we wouldn’t have to walk on eggshells when moving about the house at night in fear of making the tiniest noise which might wake my boy out, and it worked perfectly.

There’s no definitive right or wrong way of doing some things I think, but you always seem to bump into somebody who is eager to tell you that their method is right.  I think personally you just go with what feels right for you and your baby.

Things I've learned today

Things I’ve learned today

  • Sometimes you can spend an entire day worrying about things that aren’t going to happen.  And they don’t.  Time to stop worrying and live in the present.
  • That thing you’ve always wanted to do but somehow feels out of your grasp actually isn’t.  You’ve just got to put your mind to it and work on it and if you believe in yourself enough, it will happen.
  • Jeremy Kyle once had a pop at Robert Downey Jr for commenting on Lorraine Kelly’s boobs.  Not really a learning experience, but it made me chuckle.

Things I’ve learned today

  • A little bit about how array formulas work in excel. Not quite enough yet, though.
  • That the stuff I learned about dynamic named ranges can also be applied to a worksheets print area so that becomes dynamic too. Really impressed with that.
  • That I have many, many more ideas about what I want to do with my professional life than I ever thought.