DADS CHANGE NAPPIES TOO - SUDOCREM AWARDS

DADS CHANGE NAPPIES TOO - SUDOCREM AWARDS

The world is changing. Parenting is changing, and that means, importantly dads are changing too. So why are so many places such as restaurants, pubs and shopping centres so slow when it comes to keeping up the basic needs of dads, and more importantly our children? This might come as a shock to some establishments, but dads change nappies too…

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HAVE A SECOND BABY THEY SAID. IT'LL BE EASY THEY SAID...

HAVE A SECOND BABY THEY SAID. IT'LL BE EASY THEY SAID...

So, amazingly we’ve recently become a family of four with the arrival a wonderful, beautiful little boy called Arlo. He is bloomin’ marvellous and from the moment he squeezed out, our hearts instantly swelled. We obviously expected such instant love and happiness, but perhaps what we naively didn’t expect, having already had a child and after so many words of parental wisdom from people we know, is just how different and sometimes difficult it is with a second baby...

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IT'S CHRIIIIISTMAS!

IT'S CHRIIIIISTMAS!

I’m a sucker for Christmas, I ruddy love it! It’s the one time of year when everyone does their best to be jolly, see friends that haven’t been seen for donkeys and merriment radiates everywhere. Wizard and Slade soundtrack every shop, gloves and scarves are worn despite balmy days and food we wouldn't dare touch any other time of year is stuffed into our rosy cheeks - mince pie with your July picnic madam? To me, and many, such tradition and festivities offer a familiarity that is heart-warming and cosy.

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ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY (OR NOT)

ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY (OR NOT)

We live in a time when city house prices are unaffordable to many and space is of a premium. The norm, especially when babies are on the horizon now seems to be don a pair of Hunters, stick on a Barbour and escape to the country or the suburbs in search of space and a better bank balance. But if money’s no object, where’s best to bring up a child - the urban jungle or the hush of the countryside?

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HELLO NOVEMBER

HELLO NOVEMBER

Unless November is a birthday or anniversary month, then like me, you might see November as bit of a nothing month.  For me, November conjures up feelings of short dark days that just need to be hurried through so we can get to the merry festivities of December. The golden autumnal glow of October quickly fades into a lingering damp fog as our excitement this month peaks with a couple of Bonfire Night sparklers and checking the TV guide for the first sign of Elf...

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WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING

WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT EXPECT WHEN YOU'RE EXPECTING

Before Edie was born I watched a few episodes of One Born Every Minute – for any dads who don’t know, we see soon-to-be parents and midwives during the birthing process, Big Brother-style (but with surprisingly less screaming than that fame-hungry show). By watching One Born I thought I’d get a realistic idea of what a dad can expect from childbirth, as my only previous experience had been movie scenes (where the acting was as painful as genuine labour) or the crumbling old flip-chart at our NCT classes. With our second baby due any minute now, I’ve been reminiscing about the show and our own experience and just how different they were. Here are my findings…

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HELLO OCTOBER

HELLO OCTOBER

Pinch, punch and all that… it’s October. How the hell did that happen? Feels like September was only yesterday…

Behind December (ooh Santa/beer!), October is possibly my favourite month of the year for a number of reasons. It’s Edie’s birthday month (woo hoo – bouncy castle!), we get those beautifully crisp days when the sun is low and trees are illuminated with a glow that calls for countless #nofilter photographs, there’s the spook of Halloween and it’s that in-between month when we can reintroduce scarves and our favourite coat back into the mix... dreams.

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NEVER ENDING STORIES

NEVER ENDING STORIES

Bedtime stories are such a precious ritual for children and parents everywhere. After a day of noisy chaos, quiet dimly lit rooms around the world offer a peaceful backdrop as children have their imaginations pushed one last time before drifting off to sleep. This nightly tradition offers parents (especially those who work), a crucial opportunity to bond whilst offering the child a valuable and fun lesson in development and language. Story time is also to us and so many parents we know, an integral part of a routine – Edie knows she has a bath, then stories and then goes to sleep. It’s been like this as long as I can remember and such a tradition will be repeated all over the world...

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NOT GUILTY

NOT GUILTY

For the nine months George was pregnant with Edie I was wired with nerves and excitement. I would often lie awake with a beaming smile as I considered the joy that was on the horizon but also worrying about everything that entered my head concerning a newborn. Whether it was finances or storage space (but mainly, just how the hell do you bring up a baby?), our bedroom was often illuminated by a 2am Google search to settle my concerns and persistent insomnia. I spent my time researching the logistics and what we should be buying, plus exhausting every baby name book under the sun. I even read bits and bobs from ‘What To Expect When You’re Expecting’. But was it missing a chapter?

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DADDY COOL

DADDY COOL

Being a dad might mean a lot of lifestyle choices are now limited but it doesn't have to mean an end to the choices you make for your wardrobe.  There's no need to fall into that lazy, middle-aged dad zone where you lose your swagger just because you believe it’s practical. Your 21-year-old self would be mocking you now. What happened to that young whippersnapper dressed in the threads fit for a rock n roll band or some chic fashion show? There’s no need to lose your cool just because the apparent rules of middle-aged dad life seem to call for it…

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