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London Fashion Week Men’s: Harrys of London

Exciting times; it’s my first proper stab at Fashion Week since starting this blog! Typically, I’m on childminder duty this weekend, so can only manage to get to a handful of shows; the reality of being a dandy dad I suppose? Anyway, over the next few days, I’ll endeavour to update you on whatever weird…

New Year’s resolutions for parents

A new year, a new start; a tired trope yes, but a logical one. After weeks of overindulgence, it makes sense to kick off the year on a positive note. You want to be the best parent you can be, so why not draw up a list of easily achievable goals that will help you to…

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Xmas gifts ideas that don’t suck Santa’s balls

Not sure about you but before I had children of my own I was pretty bloody useless at buying gifts for friends or relatives who had kids. I consider myself a fairly creative type, but the amount of times I’ve panic bought a Sophie the Giraffe or one of those ubiquitous baby feet and handprint sets…

Surviving Christmas party hangovers with children

It’s 2.30am and you’ve just tipped the cabbie a whopping £2 – well, it’s Christmas after all. You steady yourself against the front door and manage to slip the key into the lock with ease. You tiptoe into the bathroom like a gentleman thief and nobody is any the wiser. You examine your face in…

Can we be parents in a world without screens?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently conducted a study which recommends that children under the age of 18 months be permitted no screen time – that includes television, movies, computers, smartphones, and tablets. Strange, it’s almost as if nobody at the AAP has had kids yet… According to the report, “Parents who want to see…

Can a man dress his daughter for autumn/winter?

Contrary to popular belief, sometimes the best ideas aren’t the ones you have down the pub, three pints in. ‘Brainstorming’ some blog post ideas with friends in my local, the following conversation ensued: "You bang on about being into fashion and that, why don't you do an autumn/winter looks photoshoot with your daughter?” “Yes! The…

Dandy Dad’s Heroes: daddyknott

The sheer volume of crap in your Instagram feed means it’s rare when someone’s profile stops you in your tracks. I came across James Knott’s account when I was first setting up Dandy Dad, and it melted my frozen, cynical heart. @daddyknott was set up by James to give people have an insight to his family’s journey with their son Nelson, who was born profoundly deaf. ...

Dandy Dad’s guide to stylish celebrity fathers

New dads; I've got news for you. I don't care if you're covered in milky sick and are subjected to repeated bouts of sleep deprivation, it DOES NOT entitle you to let your style game slip. In fact, putting extra effort in colour matching and polishing your shoes can, in fact, make you feel human again - when in reality you just feel like a useless, spent, worthless husk of a man. I thought it would be interesting to take a look at how celebs dads have dealt with the challenge. So who manages to get it right, and who needs to employ a stylist (or sack their current one): ...

My week with Martha: Wednesday

By day three it started to dawn on me that looking after a baby is both bloody exhausting and pretty damn boring after a while – no offence Martha my dear. Unfortunately, BBC4 documentaries don’t hold your child’s attention, you can’t really have an intelligent conversation, and I find that the main protagonists in children’s books have rather limited character arcs. So what else did I do with my third day in charge? ...

My week with Martha: Tuesday

As my crash course in fatherhood gathered pace, here’s a post all about Tuesday – a.k.a the ‘difficult second album’… Monday had gone far better than I’d expected, and it had given me an air of hubris. When my wife got home and asked about my day at the helm, I adopted an air of insouciance, as if it could be taken as read that a man of my years and experience could look after a 10-month-old baby without a second thought....