Friday 23 February 2018

Shush. Dad Needs To Watch The News

Previous generations got to watch the news at six or nine o'clock
Previous generations got to watch the news at six or nine o'clock
Brendan O'Connor

Brendan O'Connor

It's not easy being a dad these days. Back in the day, you came home in the evening after a hard day's work and you watched the news. That was the rule in most houses. Shush. Dad Is Watching The News.

Nowadays you come home and you're supposed to get down on the floor and start doing LEGO, or colouring, or whatever. Of course, it's nice in a way to have two of them fighting for your attention. The younger has such a cute way of saying, 'Daddy, will you play with me?' that it's hard to say no, because I worry all the time that some people might not want to play with her.

The elder, Amal Clooney, is expert at pushing buttons already and is very conscious of her rights, especially to some Dad time. And God forbid that her younger sister, the one who needs extra help, would get extra attention. We're like RTE during a referendum in our house. The metaphorical stopwatch is always on, and one side is always watching for any slight favouritism showed to the other side.

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