Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Off the Cuff

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Off the Cuff

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AS a newly-married man, one question you get sick of fielding is: "So, when are you going to have children?" Sometimes it comes in the form of: "When will we hear the patter of tiny feet," or: "Is she getting broody?"

But, the party line from the Jupp camp has consistently been: "Not yet." Sometimes that has come in the form of: "No way," or "we're focussing on enjoying ourselves right now," but the underlying message has always been the same.

Privately, we have agreed that we have at least five years to play with but I would be lying if I said I hadn't asked myself if it would really be that bad if a mini-me came along. Well, the litmus test was staged this weekend, when our three-year-old and eight-week old nieces came to stay.

It all started so well. They came on Saturday morning, meaning we had had a full night's sleep and were full of beans and excitement at their arrival.

First up was a local soft play centre and I don't mind admitting, I was in my element. Things were set back a bit when I belly-flopped into the ball-pool, only to discover it wasn't as deep as I first thought, thus winding myself. But, it didn't half put a smile on the face of our three-year-old guest - job done then.

Next up was the bouncy castle, another hit with me. I waited until there were no other kids on there, before recreating the gymnastic floor display I had just watched on the Olympics highlights.

The youngster I had in toe was a little less impressed but it still raised a small giggle. Next, we took to standing either side of a giant tunnel and shouting to each other, finding the echo of our voices somewhat hilarious, before pelting plastic balls that had spilled out from the pool through the middle.

After nearly two hours, I felt like I had earned my Ribena and mix-up and reflected that if having kids was this much fun, it can't be that bad of an idea.

Confident my toddler-handling skills were accomplished, I decided to try my hand at baby duty when we got back to the house. …

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