Sharing the parenting and What he wore

Laurence hasn’t had as much work on this week so he’s been around a bit more. It’s something we always want to embrace with him working freelance. It’s annoying when he has to work away or longer hours but brilliant fun when he gets to spend more time with us.

The girls have loved having him around to “play chase”, do more gardening and even a spot of baking! Admittedly, the TV hasn’t been on as much because someone less burned out than I am is here to keep things going. I’ve been teasing him that he’s better at this home educating/parenting lark than I am and maybe I need to be the one out working.

The truth is, we are all a bit happier when we get to share the load, parenting and working. In an ideal scenario, we’d find a way to hit that sweet spot more so that both of us get to pursue careers part-time (ish) and be with the children. Realistically, that can’t happen right now so it’s about making the most of the flexibility we have been blessed with – and we do have more of that than many families.

Another great thing about having him around more is that I’ve been able to kick through a fair few things on my spring cleaning (nesting?) list, which has meant getting some stuff out of the shed, like our good ol’ indo board, as well as massively decluttering all of our wardrobes. It’s made space for the baby’s things, simplified the morning dressing process for the kids and generally decreased the mountain of washing.

House of Fraser O'Neill t-shirt-2

It’s also made way for adding fun new bits like a T-shirt from House of Fraser. This is the O’Neill O`Riginals Odyssey Print. It’s organic, with a solid big print and a sea reference, always welcome in these parts. Laurence has gone off most of the big surf brands but he respects O’Neill for keeping their focus and doing things well. And I quite like the colour!

Here’s to more Spring days, getting the balance right.

In association with House of Fraser


  1. April 22, 2016 / 1:09 pm

    My partner is working away a lot at the moment and although I didn’t think it would be too bad, because we don’t have small children, I really miss having another grown up around, just to talk through things with and share decisions with.

    • April 25, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      I can imagine it still makes a huge difference once children are no longer little. x

  2. April 22, 2016 / 1:48 pm

    I bet it feels great to have him around and to be able to get some of the spring cleaning and decluttering done. Your garden looks lovely. Have a great weekend! x

  3. April 22, 2016 / 7:21 pm

    Ah Laurence looks very dashing 🙂 I miss having Noel around, until last year he worked four days and had a day with the children. At the moment he’s full-time working and I’m full-time mum-ing but like you guys, I would be more than happy with an arrangement whereby we both shared more of the parenting and the earning. One day hopefully. Garden looking great – as are you judging by recent pix xx

  4. April 25, 2016 / 6:57 pm

    looking good Laurence! I do really like that colour, I didn’t realise O Neill were organic too so thats good to know! x

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