Al Coates

Al Coates
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Father of six children. Adopter. Rider of many bikes. Husband. Believer. Social worker. Ex FC. I don’t have a tattoo.
Post-40 Bloggers - little girl blowing dandelion
On the posts we've seen on the summer holidays, this one stood out as it ambled along the summer days of memory and selective memory. Often, we talk of our past seasonal freedom from school and routine with fond rather than fraught language. Endless days of playing with vagabond...
Mother and child going to school
Taking your primary school darling off to wander big, big school corridors? How did it feel for you? Al Coates was armed and ready but took a moment to see it through the eyes of a child. Niki, Education Editor In a moment of spare thought I realised that if...
Paper family adoption
Without doubt some of the most important and significant people in my children’s lives are their biological mother and father. I’ve previously blogged on them describing them as ghosts that lurk in the shadows of our lives and consciousness. Over the past few weeks other birth family members have begun to step...
Sleeping baby and sleeping dad
I find it intriguing to ponder on where I was and what I was doing when my children were born, clearly I wasn't there. I was just going about my life unaware of the strange journey I was on that would intersect with them in the future. Oblivious to...