The Urban Daddy

http://www.urbandaddy.wordpress.com

What started as a parenting blog in 2004 has grown into so much more. We now have three amazing children; Linus is 8, Stewie is 6 and Boo is 3. Known to address many different topics of interest to parents and the casual reader.

What inspired you to start blogging?

My wife inspired me to start blogging. She's an incredible writer and she was The Urban Mummy. After she sold her URL and stopped blogging there, we had a bet as to how much longer I would last. I won!

What makes your blog stand out?

Longevity.

I've been blogging since 2004 and with 3 kids, if that doesn't make me a Daddy blogging / Parenting expert, I don't know what does!

What are three adjectives that describe your blog?

Clever. Bitchy. Angry.

What are you doing when you're not blogging?

Ummm. Looking after 3 children, working, and stuff along that ilk.

Do you have suggestions to help dads more comfortably participate in "mommy and me" events?

The Urban Daddy

I think the first thing organizers need to understand is that "Mommy and Me" events are named as such because traditionally it is the mommy who takes the kid(s) to these events and we dads know this. So in my opinion, there is no need to change the name. I've gone to mommy and me events and I'vew gone to daddy and me events and to be honest I find I spend more time chatting at the mommy events because whenever a daddy goes we're the odd man out. Going back 3 children to the many mommy and me events that I have gone to, the ones that made me feel the most comfortable were the ones where there was an opportunity to play with my child, and slowly interact with whomever came over to play too. These events also had coffee, or some other form of food which gave me an opportunity to make small talk with the regulars and set the tone for the next event. I think part of the responsibility to keep the dads engaged falls on the organizer of the event and once the moms see the outnumbered dads, it's up to them to mingle and chat too. Just my thoughts.
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What is a fun and creative way to preserve baby memories?

The Urban Daddy

I gave this question a lot of thought and looked back at the way we preserved memories of our three babies and to be honest the best ways that come to mind are not fun, nor creative, but they preserved the memories for me. 1) Doing stuff with them and talking about it with each of the other kids as they get older. Blogging is one way that has helped me remember funny situations or unique milestones. On the weekends when I spend the majority of my time with the kids we chat a lot over meals and around fun and games and I tell them stories about how they were as kids, or funny things they did too at that age. It's one of the main reasons I'm continued to blog - my blog started around the birth of child #1 in 2004. Now that my oldest 2 are reading I let them read the posts that relate to them and it makes them excited to read about themselves while working on their reading. It's funny because when we first started this, my middle child - then 4 - asked me why do they call me the "Urban Daddy". So I told him. I'm a daddy and we live in urban-Toronto. "Oh" was his response. Obviously not what he was looking for. The other thing that we did not do enough of was to take video! We've been watching it as a family recently on our TV and it's amazing how alike they were at the same age and their progress they made walking, talking and clothes they wore when they were all, say 18 month. It's cool and makes me kind of sad that I don't have much from when I was that age... Well I do, but it's on reel to reel (Yes, I'm old!).
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