Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Introducing Ted Wears Organic - Cool, Affordable, Luxury and HANDMADE Clothing for Kids!

I'm delighted to say that the little guy is now a brand rep for this amazing brand, and we were sent some clothes to review. They completely smashed my expectations.

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The brand was set up by Vicky Trevithick, a mum who wanted to launch an affordable, organic play-wear brand that can compete with all those expensive brands out there and give parents access to unique, made to order clothes.

So she did it! And I really admire that.

When we received our parcel in the post, what set it apart was it came in nice personalised packaging The toddler had to destroy it obviously, hence no photographic evidence, but take my word for it, it was ace.

Then, when we opened it, the organic cotton had a luxury feel to it, it really felt like an expensive garment.

He had a matching set of harem pants with a long sleeved T-shirt. The pattern on it was pretty cool - a cute little wolf riding a scooter...

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He absolutely loved wearing the harem pants that day and says they're now his favourite trousers. I loved his outfit and enjoy teaming the pants up with a polo shirt and trainers. He's very style conscious (wonder where he gets that from!) so it's important to me to give him clothes that suit his boisterous nature, and I think we nailed it here.

Loved watching him hooning around on his balance bike...

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The long sleeve top we received matches the pants, and makes a lovely set of pyjamas but can also be worn as a normal outfit of course. We use ours as a pyjama top because he insists on wearing it at bedtime.

Vicky makes the clothes to a 'pick and mix' principle, so you can choose a unique co-ordinating outfit that you can order from her Etsy website. *

*And that's not all, you can get 15% off if you use the code DADSDIARY15

The range is suitable for 3 month old babies up to toddlers and goes as far as 6 years old. They'd make a lovely gift for a baby shower or a birthday because they're such good quality. You choose the fabrics you like on the website, the size, and she makes it and sends it to you. Simple!

The full range includes t-shirts, leggings, harem pants, dresses, shorts, skirts, Maxaloones, and snap hat slouch beanies.

Enjoy shopping - and remember to use the DADSDIARY15 code at checkout! 

Friday, 17 June 2016

When your kid goes away for the day...

I know I bitch and whine all the time about toddlers being nightmares and being punched etc, but he stayed at his Nana's yesterday and I missed this little guy like hell.

It's weird when there's no screaming to wake up to in the morning, no carnage, no toys scattered around everywhere, no food mess on the kitchen table, no arguments, no discussions of what the fairies have brought him overnight or threats about gold stars going missing. It's so surreal, even the cat gets creeped out by it.

So this afternoon I picked him up early from nursery to surprise him, and we went to the seaside and arcade and basically had a blast. We won a bouncy ball, and he told me how he's going to have a fast blue scooter when he's an older boy, and shouted at me to turn the music up in the car. Everything was normal again.
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Toddler's guide to dealing with your emotions - a flowchart

Well, Father's Day is just around the corner, so here's a handy guide to what to expect. Enjoy your special day, fellow dads...

And, if you're stuck for gift ideas, just google 'throat guard', 'ice hockey helmet' or 'Kevlar body armour'. There's some great stuff out there.

Enjoyed this? Do me a favour...

A faint-hearted father's guide to being around breastfeeding - an article I wrote for Tantrum XYZ Magazine.

"Sorry, Snoop. A pocketful of rubbers was the last thing on my mind. I had never been so terrified in all my life. I didn’t want any of these lovely ladies to think I was a voyeur..."

I was commissioned to write a blog about my thoughts on breastfeeding, i.e. from a dad's perspective. I really enjoyed writing it. Breastfeeding is wonderful, but I've got a few stories about the more, shall we say, squeamish parts of it all!

> You can read the full article here!

Tantrum XYZ is a brilliant magazine and online shop for beleaguered parents who appreciate style and good design (with a lashing of sarcasm). 

It's run by people who include an ex- Editor of Tatler Magazine, and based in London. Delighted to be working with them and hopefully will do for years to come!

A Q&A with me, Dad's Diary (hosted by DIY Daddy)

There's another dad blogger called Nigel, a lovely guy, his blog is called DIY Daddy and he's always doing interviews with other dads. I think that's very nice of him, particularly as I know exactly how hard it is to find time to write on top of being a parent - let alone blog about other people!

This time it was my turn to be interviewed, so he asked me some questions about what it means to me to be a father.

Head over to his blog here to read it! Click here!

DIY Daddy Blog

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Three parenting tips that can help persuade your toddler to do stuff

My toddler is the fiercest CEO I’ve ever pitched to. He can cut through the clutter faster than a well maintained chainsaw in the hands of a zombie apocalypse survivor.

If I’m trying to cajole him into doing something, he doesn’t want to hear a weak sales pitch. There has to be a detailed walkthrough of my grand plans, and objection handling throughout, just like a cold call to someone who hates your guts the moment you’ve opened your mouth.

I’ve started to take some of the tactics I’ve learnt in a decade of working in sales, and applying them at home. Who knows, maybe you’ll find them helpful too...

...Read the full article here, on the Huffington Post!

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Positive Ways to Get Rid of Bad Behavior in Toddlers, by Emma Lawson

Every toddler misbehaves and every parent knows how hard it can be to stop them without losing patience, raising their voice and punishing them, with little effect. However, there are positive ways in which you can limit bad behavior, it just takes some learning and practice on both sides, writes Emma Lawson.


The most important thing is to remember that there are no bad kids, only bad behaviors. Kids need a loving connection, not threats, as it is well explained in the wonderful book by Dr. Laura Markham “Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids”. Keeping this fact in mind, if you learn and apply some techniques, you will see quick progress. Here is what you can do.

1. Cover the basics

Toddlers tend to show negative behavior when their physical needs are not satisfied. They may simply be hungry or thirsty or tired. The first thing to do is to make sure these needs are met. Giving them a snack, a drink and letting them have a nap might solve all the problems. They might also need physical movement, fresh air or a bath. When we don’t feel comfortable in our body, we get nervous and so do our toddlers, only they act out expressing their discomfort, while we suppress.

2. Take them out into nature

Toddlers need to be physically active much more than we do, so providing them with a space to be free to run and jump is crucial. There is no better place for this than out in the open, in healthy natural surroundings. They connect with the environment in a natural way and there are many things they can explore and play with. They learn how real life works and it keeps them engaged and occupied. Man was not made to sit inside in front of TV, we are creatures of nature, and kids need their outside play time. They will also expend extra energy and release any stress and negative emotions.


3. Give them things to do

Children under five have a short attention span and can focus on something for up to 15 minutes. That means they need many more activities than we do in order not to get bored. We have to keep up with their pace the best we can. There is a wonderful educational method of Montessori which adjusts games and learning to the kids’ own pace of cognitive development without our interference. We just have to provide the correct learning tools, materials and games and they will pick them up when they are ready and move on to something else when they feel like it. Your job is to let them learn how to be independent learners and entertain themselves.

4. Set firm rules and be consistent

Our little troublemakers need to know what the rules are, so we should set simple but firm rules and stick to them. We should introduce appropriate punishments for breaking the rules, and apply them immediately after bad behavior happened. The kids will connect their behavior with unpleasant consequences and adjust their behavior. The trick is to be consistent and give them a lot of single word reminders and ask them questions instead of giving orders and making threats.

Bad behavior is stressful and draining both for parents and for kids, and making a bigger problem out of it than it initially was by adding our negative feelings into the mix will only make things worse. We should first check if their basic needs are covered, and if they are, we need to look for the underlying cause of bad behavior. The parents’ role in this is bigger than we think. What if the kid is only picking up on the negative vibe in the house? What if they are only absorbing our stress? What if we are not showing them enough love?

Thanks so much to Emma for reaching out and asking to write this for Dad's Diary! Really useful ideas here for parents like me! I especially support the idea that it's worth taking your children out into nature as my own son responds very well to this and often displays classic signs of cabin fever.

Emma is a teacher, a mum to two boys, and a regular contributor to High Style Life. She is passionate about writing and learning new things that can help you to lead a quality life. You can follow Emma on Twitter here!