5 Minutes with … Daddy and Dad

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daddy and dadIt’s time to meet another of the fantastic UK parent bloggers from the Tots100 community. Today it’s your chance to spend five minutes with Jamie from the Daddy and Dad blog. 

So here we go – let’s delve into the behind-the-scenes story of two dads, two boys, and one blog: 

How/When did you start blogging?

My fiance Tom and I launched the Daddy & Dad blog back in 2014, shortly after adopting our sons, Lyall and Rich.

To begin with, the blog was a basic account of our experiences as new dads, mainly for our friends and family. But the blog became a handy resource for prospective adopters at a time when first-hand information about adoption was scarce.

In 2017 we were awarded Adoption Blog of the Year (National Adoption Awards). This year we’ve worked with some of the UK’s biggest family brands on collaborations, travel features and commercial TV.

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What’s your favourite thing about your day job?

The best thing about full-time blogging is the flexibility. As a dad, I look after the school runs, grocery shopping and after-school activities. Blogging enables me to do all the dadding stuff, earn money and provides extraordinary experiences for our family.

The last thing I ate was…

Chicken and vegetable soup – boring, sorry!

My Dream Travel Destination would be…

Orlando. I’d love to take the boys to the big theme parks and see the crocodiles.

My favourite place on earth is…

My favourite place is my Grandma Pam’s house in Switzerland. She lives in a big Swiss townhouse in a spa town, just across the Rhine river from the Black Forest. It’s beautiful.

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My personal style is best described as…

My written style has been compared with Helen Fielding and Dawn French. I’ll happily take that as a compliment!

I can’t wake up without…

Checking our Instagram, much to my fiance’s irritation!!

The place I feel happiest is…

At home with my boys, when Tom’s here – Tom works in America two weeks of every month. When we’re all together at home we spend as much family time as possible.

One thing not many people know about me is…

I’m a MASSIVE original Sugababes fan.

My Friends Would Describe me As…

My friends would probably describe me as good fun, edgy, elusive! As a full time Dad/Blogger I don’t get to see my friends nearly as often as I’d like to.

My party trick is…

Naming 90s dance music tracks after listening to the first second of each song.

What motivates me is…

Young gay people often get in touch to tell us we’ve inspired them to become parents when they’re grown up – it’s such a wonderful feeling to be role models for future gay dads.

In 5 Years Time you’ll find me…

I expect I’ll be sat at my laptop at the dining table writing a blog post for Daddy & Dad! The boys will be 14 and 15 – that’s a pretty scary thought. I’m also a budding TV presenter so perhaps I’ll be in a studio somewhere, reading from an autocue!

Sally Whittle is founder of the Tots100, Foodies100, Trips100 and the Flea Retreat. When she's not working, she can be found blogging at Who's the Mummy, or having fun with her 13 year old daughter, Flea.

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