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Author: Allen Versfeld

Play the man, not the ball: in defense of the ad hominem attack

When arguing, there are many logical fallacies that can trip us up.  The idealised honest debater tries to avoid all of these traps, while pointing out when their opponent has fallen into one.  When the conversation heats up, one of the most common flawed arguments that get thrown into the mix is the ad hominem attack:  when we stop addressing the…

What is a podcast?

Every now and then, when I tell somebody that Cathrine and I do a podcast, I get asked “What’s that?”.  I’ve been in conversations at parties where we talk about our favourite podcasts, and somebody always asks “What’s a podcast?”.  And the answers these people get are not helpful because they are inconsistent and contradictory.  So I’m writing this to try…

Who watches the kids?

We’re back!  After more than two months silence, we dragged out the microphones and recorded an episode, picking up exactly from where we left off.  Today’s topic of discussion: Who watches the kids when Mom and Dad have to selfishly turn away for a moment to answer a phone, or go to work, or visit a sick relative in hospital?…

How to Transport a Family

Episode 10 of the Now Look Here! podcast looks at the thorny problem of choosing a car for a large family (which, almost by definition, will be on a tight budget). Also, we review The Expanse.

Boundaries and Priorities

This week we take on the thorny problem of the boundaries that we need to build to protect our family lives.  Getting the other adults in your life to take your kids seriously can be hard.  Not the children themselves, as individual human beings, but their needs and the responsibilities they give you as parents.  Popular film and TV like to…

Infested: Dealing with head lice

Head lice. Yuck, right? But there are a few things we want you to know about these little parasites:  They’re far more common than you think, you could be infested without realising it and they present absolutely no health risk at all.  But, they’re undeniably gross.  So what do you do when your kids come home with lice in their…

The Terrible Two’s

In which we discuss The Terrible Two’s Our first full episode of the new year!  We’re trying out something new with formatting, so please leave a comment and tell us what you think?  We’ve decided to narrow our focus on parenting and what better place to start than the hugely frustrating Terrible Two’s – that stage of a child’s life…

Romantic misunderstandings, and escaping the Friend Zone

Back from an unplanned hiatus, we’re back with episode six of the Now Look Here podcast! This week, after sharing another story about how tough it is to be the parent of five kids, we launch boldly into a spirited discussion about how the sexes seem to aim right past each other when looking for love. We don’t go very deep,…