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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!