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Muddy Meets Man v Baby

Man 'v' Baby aka Matt Coyne kindly shared with us Muddy Mums some of his top parenting tips!

After selling out in both Twickenham and Belfast, we’re SUPER excited that the lovely ‘We got this (sometimes)’ crew are bringing The Unmumsy Mum and Man vs Baby to Norwich.

Social media sensations, they managed to turn the humdrum of parenting life into a witty social journal of highs and lows which millions just happened to agree with! Now both are best selling authors and coming to Norwich on Thurs 5 July to chat about everything – the early days, the toddler days, the school days and how they manage everything (life, work, relationships) in between!

Man ‘v’ Baby otherwise known as Matt Coyne kindly gave us Muddy Mums a sneak preview into his parenting secrets and most embarrassing moments!

matt cone man v baby man holding baby

Most embarrassing/cringe parenting moment?

When Charlie was about 4 months old, I remember one night trying to dress him for bed. After ten minutes of struggling I shouted to Lyns for help. As she peered round the nursery door, I complained that the new sleep-suits/growbag things she’d bought were faulty and would probably need to be returned. It took Lyns about a second to work out that the item of clothing wasn’t faulty at all, and a further second to realise that I’d spent the previous ten minutes trying to dress Charlie in a pillow-case. “You’re a moron” she explained. Charlie raised one eyebrow in agreement.

Cheat dinner for the kids?

McDonalds: The golden arches of parenting shame.

What do you miss most about pre-parenting life?

I thought I had a ‘busy’ life before becoming a parent but in hindsight it consisted primarily of sitting around in my pants, watching shit tv and eating crisps.. I honestly can’t remember what I did with my life before having Charlie. But that’s what I miss.. Doing absolutely nothing. I realise now that the most underrated thing you can do with your time is ..absolutely nothing.

Most useful bit of advice to a new parent?

A friend of ours sent us a note when Charlie was born. It said that our lives were about to change forever and to prepare for a ‘gear change’. And, becoming a parent for the first time is a gear change; a seriously grinding, metal-on-metal, shrieking gear change. And in the beginning it feels less like changing gear and more like the car you are in has plunged off a cliff, rolled several times, and then burst into flames before coming to a stop halfway up a tree. But my friend went on to say that we shouldn’t worry about feeling out of our depth. He said it would be the greatest thing we will ever do.. and he was right.

Fav place in Norfolk?

Norwich. Obviously.

Disclaimer: *Actually, I’ve never been to Norwich but I am really looking forward to it. I was going to say Yarmouth as I once went there as a kid, but I was bitten on the arse by a donkey called ‘Bingo’ so my memories are mixed.

Click HERE to read the Facebook post that gave birth to Man ‘v’ Baby

Unmumsy Mum and Man ‘v’ Baby, Octagon Barn, Little Plumstead, Thurs 5 July

Book tickets £18


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