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. email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org I have a wide range of contacts who can assist too. I’m on twitter @urbandaddyblog and on Facebook. Find me! Subscribe.
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