• Leap year

    Leap year

  • Daisy finally got her wish - a shiny new trampoline for Christmas, and so far my... Read More

    Leap year

  • I’ve always said we’re not a dog family, but I love to be proved wrong and in... Read More

    It’s a dog’s life

  • A tough homework assignment leaves Matthew Mills wondering why the bookworm gene... Read More

    Reading between the lines

  • Our middle child is loving his new transformation from room-dwelling mouse to... Read More

    Rat run

  • Matthew Mills faces the stark truth that he is the head of a house of wastrels.... Read More

    Game of throwaways

  • I'm embracing Gen Z's approach to recording their lives digitally... Read More

    Dear Diary

  • The battle of the low-hanging hair was one I just couldn’t muster up energy... Read More

    Fringe benefits

  • I had a brief glimpse into the future last week – which was strange because I... Read More

    Sieze the day

  • My life follows a set path every morning thanks to the shackles of the school... Read More

    Groundhog day

  • Despite our brood having perfectly good proper ones, we just can't help picking... Read More

    Name of the game

  • It’s a pointless task too far this month as the family collectively... Read More

    Down with homework

  • Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to camp she goes for one of the tribe and one thing is... Read More

    Camping around

  • There isn’t, of course, a good time for a child to break a bone, but our lot... Read More

    Cast away

  • It’s time for the kids to put on their school uniforms for the start of another... Read More

    Back to school blues

  • Having your best friends living across the road was something our kids took for... Read More

    Family ties, firm friends

  • Board games may have evolved since I was a lad, but rolling the dice is still a... Read More

    Professor Plum did it

  • Forward planning is the key if you don’t want to end up with spending... Read More

    Birthday boys and girls

  • Matthew Mills on being shorter than he used to be and having children who aren't... Read More

    Trading up

  • I'm not sure exactly why there's a Dockers scarf hanging up in our living room... Read More

    A house divided

  • There’s a rumour going round that I only landed this backpage column gig because... Read More

    The joy of seven

  • Hoop and a stick, that’s what I had in my day – and I was damn lucky to have... Read More

    Simple pleasures

  • Full disclosure time, PRIMOlifers - I’m a Pom. I’m not fresh off the boat or... Read More

    Pooling resources

  • A couple of days ago, the family across the street put a lounge on their... Read More

    One man’s trash . . .