It’s environmentally friendly, cheap and healthy but also incredibly limiting. For my first year as a stay-at-home dad I’ve had no car during school term time (around 200 days of the year). That’s all about to change so I’m reflecting on the pros and cons of having no car as a parent in a small town and then looking ahead to what having my own transport will mean.
The prospect of going to playgroups for the first time can be unfamiliar to new parents and more daunting still for dads who are less likely to have already been involved in parenting groups, such as NCT follow-on meet ups. Playgroups are, it’s true, mostly occupied by mums but there are good reasons to try them out:
It’s now been a month since I took my last train home from work and bid the big city goodbye. It’s been a sudden and significant change, ending many years of travelling on busy trains into London and working full-time. It’s been an enjoyable few weeks, spending much more time with toddler Tilly as she makes rapid advances with movement and communication. Yet I know that this just a honeymoon period. The real challenge is yet to come and time is running out to make sure I’m prepared.