How much are you really worth as a stay-at-home dad?

a couple of years ago

Would you like a six-figure salary for being a stay-at-home-dad?

There has been a lot written lately about how much it would cost if stay at home mums were to charge their time out at an hourly rate. The figure ranged between £45,000 to £65,000 or $79,000 to $100,000. That was for a stay-at-home mum. If you take into account pay inequality, the so called gender-gap, you can add nearly 20% on to that for a stay-at-home dad. Of course there shouldn’t be a gender gap but the statistics don’t lie. You need to also remember that a lot of these statistics are are compiled by men who are naturally inclined to add an extra 20% when measuring things!

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How to read ebooks on your phone or tablet using the Amazon Kindle App

a couple of years ago

I sent out a link to my latest kids picture book the other day to friends and family. Three people bought it - including me!

Is it me? Does the book suck? Do we both suck!?

Then it struck me​, they don't hate me (do they?). They just don't know how to read a Kindle ebook on their phone or tablet.

Not everyone had a Kindle eReader that's true, but not everyone knows that you don't need a Kindle device to read Kindle ebooks.

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How to take part in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

a couple of years ago

“Streuth, you know six people died in that race only the other year mate,” said Brian nearly dropping his ice cold stubby.

“Well I haven’t come half way round the world just to get a winter sun tan and a souvenir kangaroo testicle money bag,” I replied, not too happy at having the wind taken out of my sails.

“Why can’t you just go for a ride on the Manley Ferry, like everyone else?” chipped in Janet.Continue reading

Dogsbodies – Can dog sitting Grandma’s Labrador bring teen siblings Luke and Harriet closer or blow them apart – short story

a couple of years ago

Teen siblings Luke and Harriet have never quite got on. You know how it is, he tells her she has a moustache, she punches his arm with her sharp knuckles, that kind of thing. Can dog sitting Grandma’s Labrador bring them closer or blow them apart – a short story about teenagers coming of age.

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Honesty is the best policy – never leave her alone on a first date

a couple of years ago

Dave the lodger sank back into his tiny sofa, glass of warm rosé in hand. The first date was going well and was about to get better.

‘Pizza will be here in a minute.’

‘Perfect Dave. You know how to show a girl a good time.’

‘You’re perfect Jade.’

‘Do you really mean that?’

Dave’s cheeks suddenly matched his wine.

‘Of course, yeah.’

‘Oh good. I do think honesty is the best policy in a relationship, don’t you?’

The doorbell echoed up three flights of Victorian stairs.

‘Saved by the bell,’ thought Dave.Continue reading