Dad Blogger Round-up: Festive hangover edition

A lot of us will be glad to see the back of 2016, and losing George Michael was the icing on the cake. So many bad things happened that I’ve lost track. But luckily there were some great blogs from the dads out there to finish off the year and start off 2017 on an optimistic note.

With positivity being the order of the day, here’s the Dad’s Diary round-up!

Corporate Dad, AKA Phill, has an inspirational guest post written by Emil Levin about his life with spinal muscular atrophy, and how he chose to embrace his disability to achieve great things despite the challenges he faces on a daily basis, like climbing stairs. A great read!

Mark at Best Dad I Can Be tells the story of his teenage son getting his first girlfriend and bringing her home, only Mark is caught short, wasted on red wine, wearing tracksuit bottoms and sprawled on the sofa eating cheese when she arrives unexpectedly. What could possibly go wrong?

Fitness obsessed Matty of Buggies and Barbells writes like you’d expect someone with this blog name. He tells his baby’s birth story in a succession of fitness metaphors, like, “I felt like a relay runner passing the baton to the midwife.” But then out of nowhere he talks about arranging candles in the hallway, “to help with the feng shui.” Matty, I’m confused yet also strangely allured by your heady mixture of gun show, relay running and candle arranging! Talk about a modern man!

In Pints to Prams, Tom tells the amusing tale of finding his other half “sat at the end of the bed silently sobbing into a piss soaked stick.”  From lad to dad, he realises now that rather than thinking about where he will be staying in Ibiza next year, he is now spending his time researching the size of cervixes and contemplating the more serious prospect of parenthood.

Adam at Stories of a Dad tells a story of taking his little boy for a walk in the wilderness. He talks about taking them to explore an ‘uncharted’ park. That bit made me snort-laugh. This is classic dad blog stuff, describing ordinary things in such an over-the-top way. This blog is a lovely reminder that you don’t have to travel hundreds of miles to find true adventure, and I couldn’t agree more.

James of A Life Just Ordinary constructs some major plot twists to popular toddler cartoons, including an X-rated, crime riddled version of Ben and Holly. Check it out!

Daddy Poppins, AKA Finley, tackles the serious issue of how difficult it is to watch TV with your wife, especially with two kids threatening to spoil the party at any moment. He calls his other half a ‘plot questioning fidget monster’, and I’m sure that’s something many can recognise!

Finally, an entry from my very own Dad’s Diary! We recently picked up a hitchhiker. It was a spur of the moment thing, but then my three-year-old son began giving her the Spanish inquisition on the back seat of the car. Awkward!

Lots of great dad blogs out there, and so hard to include them all, but plenty to come in 2017 for sure. Happy new year!

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About Harry Oram

Harry AKA Dad’s Diary lives in the Somerset countryside and has been writing about being a dad since 2013. No matter how hard he tries, he can’t shy away from the important issues in fatherhood, like extreme potty humour, poking a little bit of fun at the expense of toddlers, and being embarrassed in health food shops by his wife and screaming child.

He also does improv comedy in his spare time so you can follow his daily stories and cringe at his attempts to be funny on Instagram – @dadsdiary or Snapchat – @Harrylikesmusic (but you’ll probably be more interested in the cute toddler pictures). He’s on Twitter too – @blogger_dad