Not long into my career as house husband I realised that if I wanted to retain some semblance of sanity, at least sanity as judged by non-Small possessed people, I needed some time away from Small. With no family back-up, our closest relative living a four hour journey away, I had to seek out other sources of relief.
After a bit of research I decided to join our local leisure centre for the sole purpose of utilising its crèche facility. The facilities for Small were excellent for all ages of Small up to school age, with soft play, lots of ride along trucks and trikes, toys and even a bouncy castle.
On joining the leisure centre I had no thought about trying to get fit but the crèche was only available whilst you were using the leisure facilities. Needless to say, I have never been so fit (or so tired) in my life.
Whilst the crèche offered me freedom, if only for a short time, it also offered Small a wonderful opportunity to intermingle with other smalls and learn new skills. I was amazed by the number of new things that Small was able to do after only a few visits. Unfortunately the new skills were not particularly helpful to me because they generally involved throwing things, climbing on things and jumping (or falling) off things. This meant that previous safe areas were no longer safe and ornaments and knickknacks had to be moved to the loft, which at that stage was relatively empty (see Collections).
Not so much a parenting guide full of advice, more the reality of parenting kids and being a house husband and father, written by a stay at home dad to three children.
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