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July 2016

Don’t be another Crouch End parent

For those of you not part of the sneering, metropolitan elite, Crouch End is a much sought-after hamlet of north London, and home to many solvent, middle class, bohemian families. And as such, it exhibits some of the most extreme examples of attachment parenting anywhere in the UK. The one single event neatly encapsulates the area's unique combination of insouciant parents and entitled children. My wife and I were having Sunday lunch recently in a pub called The Maynard Arms – think battered, overstuffed Chesterfield sofas, original timber flooring, and a single wilting gerbera in an old milk bottle on all the tables. Anyway, in keeping with the rest of the décor, there’s also a working upright piano in the corner – how authentic. This particular afternoon, the place was heaving and an unfortunate couple had been seated on a hastily assembled table next to the piano. ...

When Jamie Oliver met Dandy Dad

So it’s official – I belong to the blogosphere. Be careful what you wish for hey?! I started this blog three months ago, largely as a reaction to the poor quality of the mummy blogger content that I was editing for my clients, but also because I thought that it would be funny to talk about pocket squares and tweed blazers instead of weaning and sleep training. Fast forward a few months and an invite arrives in my inbox from the lovely people at the Huffington Post asking if I’d like to be part of a blogger discussion panel on parenting, chaired by Jamie Oliver. ...

5 things you’re told you need that you don’t

Checklists – how bloody organised. Unfortunately, you’ll have to make loads of them when your baby is born. Between mumsnet, midwives, your parents and the NHS website, you’ll have a list as long as your arm of essential items you have to buy. Some will be invaluable, others will be as useful as Captain Hook at a gynecologists' convention. ...