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The only Fashion Week runway show that matters…

For a sartorially-minded parent like myself, watching certain designers' ridiculous confections bobble up and down the runway during Fashion Week is both laughable and irrelevant. This is when kids' fashion comes to the rescue; I can satisfy my interest in style but the clothes on show are actually practical and likely to be purchased. This…

Brain Dead TV for Parents: A Guide

So you’ve survived ‘hell hour’. It’s the time all parents dread; when you have to force food into your kids’ faces until they eat, stop them from drowning in the bath, tidy up their detritus, and try to inject some life into a crappy narrative about a soft toy monster that you’ve read to them…

Did I just find the ultimate brogue?

It was an ill-fitting pair of second hand Tricker’s that ended my love affair with the brogue. I’d taken a chance on these beautiful looking shoes on eBay – despite them being a narrow fitting and half a size down from my normal size – and how I wish I hadn’t. One morning on my…

Retro Kids Fashion – Buckle My Shoe Vintage

A lot of mainstream clothing for young girls lacks imagination - far too many shades of pink and boring floral prints. I often end up buying boys clothes for my girls in a lot of shops, as their ranges tend to be larger and the designs more interesting. There's also that crushing feeling when you…

Two essential summer shirts

As a dandy I feel quite underdressed when I don’t wear a shirt. Even in the height of summer, I’ll try my best to smarten up a T-shirt by tucking it into a pair of slacks (with a woven leather belt and a pair of penny loafers for company) but I still feel like a…

Mothercare A/W18 collection

I've been a big fan of Mothercare's clothing range since I started this parenting lark. In particular, I rate the ongoing collaborations they have with Mylene Klass (the subtle 'My K' range) and Jools Oliver (the retro 'Little Bird' collection) and so I looked forward to seeing what they had in store for A/W18. The press…

Old MacDonald had a Farm (just off the M25)

The old curmudgeon in me used to quite enjoy the fact that we didn't own a car, mainly because the idea of going to places like Peppa Pig World or The Making of Harry Potter used to fill me with dread - hell is other people, right? However, now that we're paying through the nose…

Adventures in A&E

Rugrats, by their very nature, get under your feet. In fact, they get everywhere. I was washing my hands in the downstairs toilet the other morning after a particularly arduous nappy change and my baby daughter Scarlett was crawling around on the floor, trying her best to get into the toilet bowl and unfurl the…

How to stop kids ruining your holiday

Last month we took our first holiday abroad as a family. To mark this monumental occasion, we decided to push the boat out a little bit and grab a week of winter sun in Dubai – cocktails on the beach, luxury hotel bars, shopping malls with aquariums built inside them, the whole 5* shebang. However,…