About The Urban Daddy

My online name is “The Urban Daddy” because my wife of 13 years, who got me into blogging in 2004 was calling herself The Urban Mummy. It only made sense.

What makes me “The Urban Daddy” is that I am a father of three children, two boys and a girl. My oldest I refer to as “Linus” on my blog (because he used to carry around a security blanket and a white stuffed cat) is 9-years-old. My middle child is named “Stewie” on my blog (because we feel he’s trying to kill us – like the character from Family Guy) is 7-years-old.  Our third (and last child) is a 4-year-old girl whom I call “Boo”, the character from Disney’s Monsters Inc.

We live in mid-town Urban Toronto.  We eat very healthy (my wife was a vegetarian for 12 years when I met and converted her – but she has gone back to the land of veggies).  She is studying to be a holistic nutritionist. We drive a hybrid vehicle and we recycle all the time / every time.

Both my wife and I have Master’s degrees, her’s in education, mine a MBA, which we both completed with newborns in our house.  Crazy, eh?

I love politics, especially Canadian, and have fundraised for Councillor Karen Stintz.

I’m also a sports junkie, love playing ball hockey (22 years in organized league play), and watching it on TV.

I started blogging as a way to keep an online journal of my children’s progress and to have discussions with myself around issues of interest. I have been paid for blog posts and I have tried to keep my brand, “The Urban Daddy” apart from my professional life, in the taxation industry. It has been challenging to keep the two apart after being mentioned by CBS news as a prominent “Daddy blogger”, featured in the Globe and Mail as one of the top 5 must read Daddy blogs and recently featured in the CBC Writer’s Series.  My views on The Urban Daddy are my personal views and reflect me only. They are not intended to reflect the views of my employer or be used to draw conclusions about my employer or my employment.

When I am not The Urban Daddy, I am a tax consultant, who after almost 11-years working in the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), have run my own business helping individuals and corporations navigate the CRA.  My expertise lies in Collections and enforcement, where I use my many years of training staff at the CRA, and leading teams there, to negotiate arrangements, and help remove liens, assessments and director’s liabilities.  Thus far I have saved clients upwards of $10 million dollars through my skills.

My blog for my company is here, Intaxicating, which I use to address taxation, management and Social Media matters, and my website is http://www.intaxicating.ca.  I can be reached via my Facebook page, on Twitter, or through either page.  intaxicatingtaxservices@gmail.com

Everything here comes out of my head and this blog is meant to allow me to empty my head of thoughts and opinions and if you choose to read and like it or get offended let me know.  Just nothing personal, racist or rude.  I can and will delete them.

If you want an expert opinion, or a family opinion drop me an email at realurbandaddy@gmail.com I have a wide range of contacts who can assist too.  I’m on twitter @urbandaddyblog and on Facebook.  Find me!  Subscribe.

Read on… You might actually like something here…

17 responses

  1. Cool! I was born in Toronto, and moved to Midland when I was about 7 years old. I moved back to Toronto when I was about 19, and left for the West Coast when I was about 21. I am a West Coast girl now, and love living on Vancouver Island.

    I am glad to hear that you keep a healthy life-style, and sorry to hear that it has not helped you obtain a healthier weight. Please check out this website:

    http://www.purejeevan.com/

    There you can learn about Wendi who also used to eat healthy but could never lose weight. Her story is on the above PureJeevan website. Wendi is also a member of the RawFoodRehab site. You and your wife could have so much fun with the projects offered on the RawFoodRehab site. I hope that you check it out.

  2. Hello,

    My name is Steven Gordon and I am a teen entrepreneur. I came across your twitter page which led me to your website.

    I founded a company called TattooID which provides temporary safety tattoos for children (www.thetattooid.com). I really care about saving kids and I want to make it fun for them. I saw that your site is a great resource for parents and it is great that you are a parent yourself.

    I was wondering if we could work together in some type of partnership or site feature. The simplest would be a review, and I would be more than glad to send you some customized tattoos.

    Please let me know if you are interested or have any feedback at all. It would really help me improve TattooID. If you would like to purchase some temporary safety tattoos please visit http://www.thetattooid.com/shop/

    Thank you,
    Steven Gordon

  3. Hey Warren! First off I want to say great blog! You’ve got some engaging posts here, my favourite being The first day of summer, what does it mean to you? I would love to feature your posts on our new parenting blog community:

    http://www.atomicreach.com/microsite/sillylittleones

    We’re looking for media contributors and/or writers, videographers and photographers who would be interested in contributing great content to the site, like you have here on your website.

    If you’re interested in learning more about this opportunity, send me an email at annettewong[at]atomicreach.com
    Looking forward to hearing from you soon,
    Annette

  4. Hey There Warren,

    So your blog is amazing:) The nicknames you’ve developed protect your innocents are hilarious. And congratulations on all of the media love as of late – it’s well deserved!
    I work with a PR firm and am hoping to get your help with some writing for a campaign I’m working on related to the ongoing Ontario provincial election. I didn’t see your email address anywhere so I’m hoping this is a good way to contact you.
    If you’re interested please email me and we can discuss the details further.
    Hope to hear from you soon and have a great weekend!

    Shawna

  5. Hey there. I am Tami, the co-founder/mom of Lilah’s Fund, and I wanted to thank you for the amazing shout out for event last year. This year’s event is scheduled for November 11th and will feature another amazing talent, Splash ‘N Boots. I hope that you are able to join us again and really appreciate the support.

  6. We will be there on November 11th! Happy to support Lilah’s fund, a wonderful cause and she’s a remarkable child.

  7. Hello,
    I enjoy your blog so I have given you the One Lovely Blog Award (http://danbohmer.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/wow-i-found-another)
    Dan

  8. Hi there I am so happy I found your website. I really found you by mistake, while I was searching on Digg for something else. Anyways I am here now and would just like to say thank you for a tremendous post on our industry – Introducing Wine Wire.ca, and for the all round right-wing content on your blog. It’s rare to find someone who is fiscally conservative yet, socially conservative at the same time.

    I don’t have the time to read through all 950 posts (yikes!) but I have saved your URL, added your RSS feed, you on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, so when I have time I will be back to read much more.

    Keep up the good work, and do you write stories on local companies, or do you generally stick to parenting / politics?

    Thanks!

  9. I had a little chuckle when I read about your background; lots of parallels here :) Same here with 2 Master’s, one of which (MBA) was pursued with a 3 year old plus one in the oven. Though I already had my Master’s in Science ages ago, I thought it would be neat to do an MBA at the same time as my husband….while being pregnant with #2. Well, even my doctor warned me about the insanity of such decision and I listened :) my husband worked on the hill during and in his first years after his university….perhaps you would enjoy some lively convos with him mixing parenting and politics. I must go catch up with reading your posts now….happy Friday,lovely TO weather today! (Oh, fell free to connect with me on LI)

  10. Hi Evelyn,

    That’s great! I’d love to hear more about your story. You and my wife have a lot of similarities as well.

    I’ll check up with you on LinkedIn and maybe we can all meet up this summer over a drink and chat.

    Thanks again for the comment. I’m on to read the next one. :)

  11. Would also love to chat with your husband about parenting and politics!

  12. Hi

    My name is Kevin Gillespie. but I do, MUCH prefer being called Kev. :). Pleased to meet you. :).

    I live in Wales, & I am now Following your Blog. :).

    Best Wishes. :)
    Kev. :)

  13. We are a group of volunteers and starting a new scheme in our community.
    Your website offered us with helpful information to work on.

    You have performed a formidable process and our whole group will probably be thankful to you.

  14. What a wonderful blog you have! I also believe that establishing healthy habits from a young age is important. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Cheers, Mom of Dragon Boy

  15. So you decided to join the small clan of Uncle Spike followers, sometimes known as The Spikey’s…. That makes me a happy blogger now – I really appreciate you making that special mouse click.

    Hope you like my upcoming posts and if you get bored one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too.

    If you have any likes, dislikes or suggestions about my blog, just let me know, either through ‘comments’ or via email. Always welcome reader input :)

    Have a great old day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

  16. Hi Warren,

    I was reading your blog and enjoyed some of your posts- I’m a fellow coffee lover (going to try the Roasted Chestnut Frapp) and Torontonian. Also, I laughed when you mentioned your kids wouldn’t understand what a dial-up modem is…I’ve been quizzed on that one before.

    I thought you might be interested in a campaign I’m working on with a P&G brand. If you’d like to learn more, please go to the following link to opt-in and contact me.

    https://www.pg.com/onlineinfluencer/pg_online_influencers.jsp

    Hope to hear from you!

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