Toddler Life

This Week In The Internet – The Political Protest Edition

My continuing attempt at doing a weekly round up of random things I’ve found online this week…

When Donald Trump Holds A Social Media Conference.

Did you hear the thing about Donald Trump hosting a Social Media conference, and not inviting Facebook or Twitter?

According to CNN…

In addition to inviting leaders from traditional conservative think tanks, such as the Heritage Foundation and Claremont Institute, the White House has requested the presence of far-right internet personalities and trolls, some of whom have pushed conspiracy theories, lies and misinformation.

CNN

So… Something like The Sinister Six meeting at the White House?

When Political Protest Meets Sport?

Warning. Contains naughty words,

The Great Hack. The Next Netflix Thing To Look Out For?

What I’m Listening To This Week…

Wondered About Mental Health And Computer Games?

Read This from Games Radar…

Until that night, I thought scary was airplane turbulence. I thought it was telling that one girl how much you like her. I thought it was movies about dudes who wear masks. I was wrong. I didn’t know what scary meant until that night. I didn’t know what scary meant until I found myself lying on a couch at 3:00 AM, paralyzed by a combination of desperation, hopelessness and benzodiazepine. I didn’t know what scary meant until, between the gasping and crying, I heard myself say something I never, ever thought I’d say.

“I want to kill myself.”

Games Radar.

And Finally… The Sport That Should Be A Thing…



Stepping into Wonderland

For the last, very long time, the Dads Sofa has taken part in the #MySundayPhoto linky ran by Darren Coleshill over at Photalife. After over 5 years, he’s decided to do something different with his Sundays, and as such the #MySundayPhoto is coming to the end.

Due to lack of time, weather, and chance to take new photos, I went searching for an image that would take the above into account, as well as the start of a New Year.

I wondered if Alice, exploring some sort of Wonderland would cover it?

Thanks to Darren for his contribution to the UK Photoblogger community.

Photalife

List of Safe Christmas Meal Topics

Welcome to Christmas!

A Time of peace, harmony, and good will to all men.

And then there’s the gatherings of family from all corners of the country, and political spectrums. Squeezed around a table, having an amazing meal. The problem with this picture is that there are times when you’re not eating, and you are generally meant to be talking… or something.

So what should we be talking about? In a year where it seems that many countries are divided about… something, what is safe to be talked about at Christmas time?

Here is our ideas for safe – family friendly – Christmas Dinner conversations.

Any that should be added?

Go Jetters. A Few Questions.

As I’m sure its obvious to those that read this blog, but we are massive fans of CBeebies. Which show is our favourite does vary from week to week, but Go Jetters seems to come up quite often.

When the Little One is up for Go Jetters, its often binge watched on BBC iPlayer, and many many episodes are watched. Back to back… (I have the “Funky Facts” tune in my head just writing this)

After the second or third Go Jetters Binge-watch session,  Mrs Sofa, and I started asking ourselves a few questions about both the team, and world around the Go Jetters…

Is Grand Master Glitch quite vulnerable, and easily influenced by the GrimBots?

Seriously…are the GrimBots actually the evil master minds of the piece? A lot of the time, the trouble made by Glitch is because he has misunderstood the big picture, and as a result he has misunderstood the consequences of his actions. Shouldn’t the GrimBots be stopping him by now?

Does Ubercorn ever get his hands dirty?

He always seems to be sending the Go Jetters to go and do the hard work. I’ve never actually seen Ubercorn put himself in danger…

Talking about Ubercorn, how did the Go Jetters end on on a ship with a unicorn anyway?

I’m just curious… I guess I’m a sucker for flashback / origin stories.

As a team, they don’t seem very efficient,why don’t they make the “click ons” automated. Problem solved.

EVERY TIME. The Go Jetters find a problem.

Go Jetters, can’t solve a problem.

Go Jetters get “click ons”

PROBLEM SOLVED!

On the subject of Go Jetters, “Outside the world is turning, guided by Ubercorn.”, does that suggest that Ubercorn is in fact God? If so does that make the Go Jetters angels?

I’m possibly taking a few lyrics out of context, but…

Given the premise of the series – The Team find a problem on the planet – problem gets solved. Could Ubercorn (God) be protecting us from Glitch (The Devil), by using his angels.

This would suggest though that the Go Jetters are probably dead, and living on in some sort of angelic afterlife.

Possibly after dying in some sort of natural disaster?

What questions do you have after watching Go Jetters?

Sorry about the darkness at the end there…

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Exploring National Trust – Knightshayes in Devon

In an attempt to use the holiday allowance that my stress levels wish that I had used by now, I’m on holiday this week. This has given us the chance for some child-free exploring. Today we checked out the National Trust – Knightshayes property by Tiverton here in Devon.

First, and overall impression of the Knightshayes estate is how tranquil it seemed! While I’m sure it can get busy during the school holidays / Christmas time, off peak – it did feel very peaceful.

We spent the majority of the little amount of time that we had exploring the historic house at Knightshayes, sadly as time ticked away, we didn’t get a chance to explore the wider estate. But what we saw, was a lot of space for small people to run around, and I’ve seen a photo online of what looked like a great climbing frame that I’m sure that the our little person would love.

I’m not going to write a full blown review of our trip, due to our lack of exploration, but I’d like to share a few pics of the estate, after-all they say a picture is worth a thousand words.

Have you explored Knightshayes? What would you suggest we look for, when we go back with our small one?

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12 Steps To Leaving The House With Children

There are somethings you don’t understand about parenthood, until, you are, an actual parent. You can think you understand those things, but. You don’t. The obvious example of what I’m talking about? Trying to leave the house with kids. (Or even just one kid in our case)

During a particularly elongated attempt  at leaving the house, I decided to write down the twelve steps at leaving the house, when you have little people.

  1. Suggestion. This is normally when someone comes up with an idea of a thing to do. People without kids normally just get ready to go at this point.
  2. Negotiation. When you all work out where you want to go.
  3. Settlement on a plan. DECIDE SOMETHING!!
  4. Realising that the plan you settled on isn’t for whatever reason, going to work, and therefore, you go with the original idea.
  5. Start getting everyone washed, dressed, and shoes on. This step can take two maybe three hours.
  6. Ponder going to Tesco whilst you wait for small person / people to start getting ready.
  7. Time for Threats
  8. Time for Bribery
  9. Ponder if its too early for wine? 
  10. Someone starts cleaning whilst waiting for someone else.
  11. Ensure everyone who needs the toilet has gone to the toilet.
  12. Finish getting shoes on.
  13. Pack the inevitably needed snack.
  14. Pack some emergency wine.
  15. Realise that “someone” didn’t brush their teeth. Send them back to actually do it this time.
  16. Drink the flipping emergency wine.
  17. Leaving.
  18. Coming back to check if the door is locked.
  19. Leaving.
  20. Coming back to grab the camera.
  21. Leaving.
  22. “I NEED THE TOILET”
  23. Leaving.
  24. Time for Shouting.
  25. Time for Wailing.
  26. Time for Gnashing of teeth!!!
  27. Leaving and having a happy day. (Phew)

Yes. There are more then 12 steps.

There was always going to be more then 12 steps involved in getting children ready to go out.

What do you think I’ve missed?

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