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Inspirational Women

It may not surprise those who know me, but I’ve always been in touch with my feminine side; and it doesn’t just manifest itself in wearing a lot of pastel pink during summer. I grew up in a one-parent family and my mother I spent a couple of years in a rehab with about eight…

What to expect when she’s expecting

Hormones. We’ve all got them, but pregnant women have a veritable cornucopia; FSH, LH, hCG, oestrogen, progesterone, relaxin, placental growth factor, HPL, oxytocin and prolactin to name but a few. This is a potent cocktail of chemicals; but much stronger – and a lot less fun – than your average Long Island Ice Tea. Here’s…

Dandy Dad’s Heroes: Grey Fox

“Before Grey Fox there was nothing” I’m paraphrasing John Lennon here but the sentiment remains. I’d been a fan David Evans’ musings on mature style for years before I started writing this blog, and was amazed that nobody else really talked about menswear from the perspective of an older man – dads like shearling jackets…

I married Wonder Woman

A question for all the birthing partners out there; what’s your lasting memory of your time on the labour ward? Was it watching your baby magically enter into the world? Or the moment your midwife handed you a swaddled newborn to hold? Perhaps it was the feeling of tiny bones crushing as your partner grasped…

Dare you play NHS Midwife Roulette?

In between lusting over expensive knitwear and compiling Jazz playlists on Spotify, I do the odd bit of parenting. Speaking of which, my wife and I are expecting our second child in less than two weeks (yes, we had sex again, despite knowing full well what the implications could be) and it’s brought back vivid…

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…

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. ...

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....