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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

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

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

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,

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

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 week with Martha: Monday

A few weeks ago I had a week off in-between jobs. Instead kicking back and relaxing, my wife thought it would be a great idea if I spent three days of my much-anticipated holiday looking after our daughter while she went to work; the proviso

I have some awful news…

It was a bright June evening but I remember the air was completely still, not even the familiar cloying scent of jasmine from next door’s herb garden was able to penetrate the atmosphere. I was slumped on the sofa in the living room, sipping at

Dandy Dad’s Heroes: Stuart Heritage

Ah, the internet; so much to answer for. The democratisation of media for one. In my very limited experience of blogging, becoming a parent does not a good writer make. In fact, one of the main reasons for starting this blog in the first place

Lessons learned from an unconventional upbringing

I’ve heard a lot of guff spoken about the importance of the traditional nuclear family unit, usually from right wingers. I remember this from Iain Duncan Smith in 2009: “We now know that children suffer hugely if they don’t get the balance of two parents