The Sound of Silence

Above the sound of multiple screens in the living room, Simon and Garfunkel’s Sound of Silence resonates! So it’s not really so silent at all. Sorry for yesterday’s lack of sound on my blog too. I fully planned on writing a diary entry, but when it came down to it, my mind was perhaps up in the clouds! It’s not everyday that one gets to reminisce of the night before and their family being exposed on national television.

I knew this entry would have to scrutinise our moment of ‘fame’, that is perhaps why I avoided writing it yesterday.

For those of you outside Channel 4 UK’s broadcasting radius, sadly the show is not presently available to see. A friend did say that I should look on YouTube, so I did and found the first episode in its entirety! I did like the ‘lazy parents’ Kerry and Kevin, though like us, the studio audience did not vote them through! There, I’ve gone ahead and said it! Our ‘Structured Chaos’ as a parenting concept was not credited as highly as our episodes winners, though winner is not really the right word, is it? As parents with both stability and love for our children, we are all winners as parents, aren’t we.

A wonderful family who ‘homeschool’ went through to the final. How very relative at this time as the nation has had to adopt this approach these last 3 months of lockdown! The parents Becky and Ben were great, I’m sure we will all meet up when lockdown is finally over.

So our journey on the show ‘Britain’s Best Parent’ is over. A show that was always going to be a little controversial! There was some flack by a few who didn’t like the concept, pitting one parenting style against another! But, it brings forth debate and that is a good thing, right?

The children stayed up late on Thursday to see the show. I made popcorn and we enjoyed watching as a family. The three little ones were obviously a little less focused. In fact Thor saw himself at the beginning of the program and piped up, ‘I’ve seen me now, I want my iPad’ and that was that. But Amritsar, Tara, Daddy and myself enjoyed the muse of it all.

If I hear that our episode is up there on YouTube, I will of course add a link to my diary pages.

Just been called away from writing this as Amritsar is using the downstairs W.C. And it seems that we were out of loo roll. All sorted now!

I did have a look on Twitter for comments on the show about us and to my delight, all tweets were positive, even a few amusing ones like ‘can Andi and John adopt me’! Haha, even some banter on mumsnet spoke nicely about the ‘Chaotic Family’.

That’s it for now, as ever, thank you for reading.

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

25 thoughts on “The Sound of Silence”

  1. I love your thoughts on how comparing parenting styles is a lost effort. I agree that, with love in our hearts, we are all winners. I live in a structured chaos household, and I think it it makes for a unique ride!

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    1. Thank you Jaya. Your words are amazing! We all benefit from growing amidst our environment and the pressures and compromises gained from within the relative chaos of life! Once again, we can only do our best! Stability and love ๐Ÿ’•

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  2. Sad that you were voted out as best parent. I understand the controversy though. There should not be a “best parent” in a region, because kids aren’t one style fits all. I’m sure you find that certain situations require you to parent each of your children a little differently. In the end, you are the best parents for your children.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this, Andi. You are handling and processing all of this television and social media exposure very well and maturely. Your family and approach to parenting are winners in my books! ๐Ÿ‘ Enjoy the popcorn and the musical silence. And your weekend!

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    1. Thank you Ab. Children just up to bed. Time to relax. If they donโ€™t storm downstairs that is! Itโ€™s really nice to be on the other side of things. No longer waiting for the inevitable airing! Can just get on with things now! And yes, we are enjoying the weekend this far. Hoping yours is a good one. ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Yo, big brother, thanks for sharing your fun, thoughts and toilet paper. We’re looking forward to the post with the broadcast!! Hope you’re having a cool weekend!

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    1. Hey hey, young aunties Macey and Britt. We are very sharing people, though Iโ€™m not sure if Iโ€™m allowed to air the show! Well, saying that, itโ€™s could ask the production company! They do want the series promoted I guess! Sending hugs ๐Ÿค—

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      1. It’s the best Andi, Jeff loves it!
        Tomorrow, I will be making lemon bread and dropping it off at a neighbor’s house as it’s her birthday.(it’s sad I can’t go in and share it with her but these are the times we are living in.)

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      1. Watched the show and LOVED you, your family and your parenting style. At the end of the day, there is no โ€˜bestโ€™ parenting style, as long as it works for you then you should continue with that style of parenting. I mean, isnโ€™t family life always chaotic?

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