Diary of A Hapless House-Husband by Sam Holden

Diary of a Hapless HousehusbandDiary of a Hapless Househusband by Sam Holden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Sam Holden gets the sack from work he finds himself swapping the childcare role with his wife Sally. He is thrown into the battleground of looking after a 3 year old and a 1 year old, plus trying to juggle all the household duties as well.

Needless to say, Sam starts drowning in domestic duties. So he decides to implement a management plan to resolve the chaos. The children and the situations that Sam finds himself in don’t fit in to his management plan. He’s banned from the supermarket, nearly lets the baby choke, falls out with his mother-in-law, has to call 999 for an ambulance and ends up trying to inflict pain upon himself just to get out of all duties.

It takes a lot of domestic disasters and dishonesty before Sam realises that his family are the most important thing to him. In the end not even getting his old job back can persuade him to change his mind as Sam decides that he can be happy being a Househusband.

This is a funny tale, childcare and running a household is definitely a hard job.

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Theodore Boon by John Grisham

Have spent the best part of today ignoring the kids and being blind to housework because I picked up the following book to read at breakfast and have nearly read it all in 1 day. Theodore Boon by John Grisham (Hodder & Stoughton); Only 13-year-old Theodore knows the truth about a killer who is about to be set free in a large court room drama in a small American town. A delightful read, I’m not sure if there will be a shocking twist at the end, but I’m sure I’ll finish it before I fall asleep! (Who needs an early night when you have a good book to escape into?)

Progress, progress

Getting down to writing a book has a great sense of achievement for me. Firstly I am loving what I am doing, I get a great buzz from it.
So how are things are going? Well I’m no techno expert which is all part of the challenge. I can’t upload a picture to this blog yet, but I’m determined to get over that hurdle! Last minute details for my characters need adding and a few other touch ups.
Meanwhile I am still a full-time mother, so domestic life must continue. Having decided to stop moaning about the housework because I am the only one who gets upset by either the moaning or the state of the house, I’m breezing through the backlog. Homework and revision still need to be done by the children. Nearly messed up big time when I only remembered on Friday that it was Fathers Day today, but managed to buy a prezzie and card on behalf of the kids. Got home to scan the calender for the next week to make sure I was up to date with everything and realised we had a friend with a birthday on Saturday! No worries! I had a few spare blank cards and a (very expensive) first class stamp, so that disaster was avoided. Checking the number of events written and crossed out for today and realised that it was also our wedding anniversary! Bother, I knew the 17th rang a bell! Oh well, fingers crossed that I can cheekily say the Fathers Day prezzie covered both, and hope hubbie hadn’t got me much.
Playground parent: This is where I’ll do my piece about school, education etc. So this week there is the issue of government proposals to re-form pre-school education. Reports are out from academics in Regensburg University, Germany and their fellows from Otago University, New Zealand, about childrens performance in school. They have compared hundreds of children who began school at different ages and compared their abilities. Children who started school at age 7 performed just as well as those who started school at 5, and some out-shone their peers!
This is timely when our own government wants to put more emphasis on the 3R’s at an earlier age, and wishes to set targets for children to achieve before their 5th birthday.
What do you think? is there too much pressure on our children?
Lastly; Bringing it all back to reality in the playground: M&S had 20% off all school uniform when I was there on Friday. Look out for more bargains as other stores want your business too.