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What Does it Mean to be an Accomplished Man?

Last year we conducted research into what makes a modern accomplished woman and whether the nation’s opinion has changed throughout the generations. We found that over 60 percent of the 2,500 women surveyed felt they were accomplished, despite the skill set of a modern woman being vastly different to previous generations. For example, over 28 percent said they did not have time to learn how to sew in name labels, which was previously considered to be an essential skill. Instead, modern women value being financially secure, being happy and having a well-paid job.

Over the years we have seen an increase in the number of men ordering our name labels for their children. This got us thinking about whether the view of what makes a man ‘accomplished’ has also changed throughout the generations. Keen to find out more, we conducted research into the idea of the modern ‘accomplished man’.

 

The Demise of Traditional Skills

Our research revealed that attributes traditionally seen as ‘male’, such as being good at DIY and being the breadwinner of the family, have declined. Over half of the men surveyed admitted to relying on their fathers to assist them with practical tasks, such as putting up shelves or changing a car tyre. The research also revealed that men are less chivalrous and well-groomed when compared to previous generations.

 

The Modern-Day Accomplished Man

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Despite the decline of seemingly ‘male’ attributes the majority of men surveyed felt that they were accomplished, and 69 percent agreed that the definition of an accomplished man has changed since their father’s generation. Instead, attributes such as being a good father, being open about mental health issues, being happy, having great manners and confidence were all revealed as being crucial characteristics in order to be considered an accomplished man in today’s society.

Our research also revealed how men’s attitudes to parenting have changed across the generations, with almost three quarters of dads believing they do things with their children that their own father didn’t do with them. These include, cooking for their children, taking them to school and helping them with their homework. Insights also show that modern dads take a more hands-on approach to parenting, with changing nappies, playing with their children and labelling school uniform all cited as key tasks of the modern father.

 

Qualities That Make Men Less Accomplished

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Whilst our research demonstrated how men’s attitudes towards parenting have transformed, it also revealed the traits most likely to ruin their chances of being seen as accomplished. It seems that some traditional stereotypes do still exist, with not being able to drive, struggling to fix things and showing emotions in public, all being flagged as faux pas. Having a rigorous grooming routine, including waxing eyebrows and wearing fake tan, was also shown to make a man less appealing.

 

Who is Considered Accomplished?

As part of our research we asked 2,000 UK adults who they consider to be the most accomplished man in today’s society. The results were interesting. David Attenborough was voted as the most accomplished, with Barak Obama and Prince Harry following closely behind. The list also included some surprise entries in the form of Philip Schofield, Tyson Fury and Drake. Interestingly though, less than one percent of those surveyed considered Boris Johnson, the UK’s new Prime Minister, as the most accomplished.

 

TOP 10 TRAITS THAT MAKE AN ACCOMPLISHED MAN

  1. Being a good father – 36 percent
  2. Being able to talk openly about feelings – 35 percent
  3. Being happy – 35 percent
  4. Being able to cook – 34 percent
  5. Having great manners – 33 percent
  6. Confidence – 33 percent
  7. Learning from failure – 31 percent
  8. Being good with technology – 31 percent
  9. Having a loving family – 31 percent
  10. Being good at DIY – 31 percent

 

TOP 10 TRAITS THAT MAKE LESS OF AN ACCOMPLISHED MAN

  1. Having no ambition – 21 percent
  2. Being bad with money – 17 percent
  3. Being out of work – 14 percent
  4. Wearing fake tan – 14 percent
  5. Waxing eyebrows – 12 percent
  6. Not being able to fix things – 10 percent
  7. Having no hobbies – 9 percent
  8. Not being able to drive – 9 percent
  9. Having manicures/pedicures – 8 percent
  10. Playing with Barbies/dolls – 8 percent
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Ministickers are here!

Our brand new Ministickers are perfect for labelling large amounts of equipment quickly. With 175 nametags in each set, every book, pen or pencil can be labelled ready for school. Just like our colour sticker nametags, Ministickers are 100% waterproof, rub-resistant and designed to withstand the rigours of daily school life.

Stylish and discreet, they are also a great option for older children or adults. It is possible to choose from 4 different colour palettes: Lollipop, Mint, Cupcake, and Plain. Click here to order your set now!

We think they are great, and for this reason we want to offer a free set of Ministickers to 5 of our lucky customers! To be in with a chance of winning your set, simply follow us on Instagram and complete this form – full T&Cs below.

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Terms & Conditions:

UK entries only.

Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

Competition closes at midnight on 08/08/2019.

Winners will be notified either by email or social media within a week of the closing date.

The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.

There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part.

The entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.

Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.

Data is being held under the terms of our privacy policy and our terms and conditions.

Entry into the competition authorises My Nametags to contact you.

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Keep cool with our rainbow ice lollies recipe!

Cooking can be an educational and fun activity to carry out with your child, but with the summer’s heat, it’s better to choose to prepare something fresh. We think that ice lollies are the perfect summer treat! Easy to make, healthy and perfect to fight the high temperatures.

Download our recipe for the perfect cool-down ice lollies and let us know what you think!

Click here to download.

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How to prepare for a beach day, plus win an amazing prize!

We all love relaxing in the sunshine, but when it comes to going to the beach, a little preparation can really make a difference. Read on our simple tricks on how to make the day more enjoyable and leave all the sunburn and the sand behind!

  • Always apply sunscreen: we keep hearing this from doctors, dermatologists, and even our own parents, but somehow sunblock keeps being forgotten in the house. Sunburn can be really painful and dangerous, particularly on children’s sensitive skin, so the rule here is always better safe than sorry. Choose one that is fast absorbing, and apply it half an hour before sun exposure if possible, so the kids will be free to run towards the water as soon as they set foot on the sand. Reapply frequently, especially after any bathing.
  • Keep hydrated: with all the heat and the swimming, children (and adults) will need to keep hydrated during the day. You can invest in a stainless steel reusable water bottle that will keep the water cool throughout the day, avoiding spending extra money on overpriced water bottles at the seaside cafes.
  • Removing sand: no one likes to take the sand home, so better wash it off before getting to the car! Sand is so much easier to wipe off when the skin is dry, so it’s useful to ask the kids to come out of the water around half an hour before departure. If there’s no time, baby powder can help dry the skin faster making it easy to remove all the sand.
  • Zip lock bags: one of the main challenges of being at the beach is keeping objects dry and sand free. Ziplock bags can work miracles for this! Plus, keeping your mobile phone inside a zip bag will also make you less likely to look at it constantly, making it easier to relax and enjoy the day.
  • Never run out of snacks: whether you are sunbathing, swimming or building sand castles, being at the beach will make everyone hungry. Snacks are essentials, especially if you are spending the whole day out. Fruit is always a great option, not only it is healthy and hydrating, but it’s easy to pack and can be easily washed or peeled should it fall on the sand. Small sandwiches are also another great option, as they don’t require any cutlery and can be packed individually… and remember, it’s always safer to pack a couple extra!

Always remember that the most important rule is to have fun! And because we want to help you with this, we have decided to offer one lucky customer an amazing inflatable donut to bring along in your beach holidays! To be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize, simply follow us on Instagram and complete this form – full T&Cs below.

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Terms & Conditions:

UK entries only.

Entrants must be aged 18 or over.

Competition closes at midnight on 08/08/2019.

Winners will be notified either by email or social media within a week of the closing date.

The winner will have 7 days to respond after which time we reserve the right to select an alternative winner.

There are no cash or other prize alternatives available in whole or in part.

The entries that are incomplete, illegible or fraudulent will be deemed invalid. No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, corrupted or delayed in transmission.

Bulk entries made from trade, consumer groups or third parties will not be accepted.

Data is being held under the terms of our privacy policy and our terms and conditions.

Entry into the competition authorises My Nametags to contact you.

Prize must be used with caution. We do not take any responsibility and we are not liable for any damage caused through use of the prize, be it indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages.

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Our research reveals what makes UK office workers tick

Our name labels are used by people of all ages, for a huge range of purposes. In recent years we have noticed a rising trend for customers using our name tags to keep their possessions safe at work. This got us thinking, why are so many office workers keen to keep tabs of their prized items in the workplace, and why are they having to go to such lengths to do so? Keen to find out more, we conducted research amongst UK office workers into the psychology behind our behaviour at work, and the rituals that become so important to us.

 

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Forming Bonds

In true British fashion, making a cuppa, cracking a joke and lending a pen were found as the fastest ways to form bonds with colleagues. In fact, as many as 65 percent of office workers believe that the social aspect of making a brew brings them closer to their co-workers.

We also looked into the actions that are most likely to boost popularity in the office, and found that helping a colleague with their workload, assisting with technical issues and saving a colleague from a challenging customer call were the top ways to win-over teammates. Taking charge of the office tea round also scored highly, with 77 percent of people agreeing that this is very valuable during the working day.

Unsurprisingly, the teammate who makes other colleagues laugh was voted the most popular in the office, whilst 70 percent said that sharing stationery also goes a long way in winning over co-workers.

The research also found that social interactions form a key part of our working life, with over half of those researched admitting that they would prefer office perks, including a happy working environment or never having to interact with annoying colleagues again, over a pay rise.

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What the Experts Say

Beverley Stone, Charted Psychologist, explains why social interactions are so important to our overall experience at work: “From my perspective, the most significant finding from the research is the large extent that people are motivated by small gestures. These are often overlooked by organisations, or even considered not important.  The environment we work in has a huge impact on our self-image and we need to feel valued and respected in order to thrive. Positive interactions with colleagues are so vital, as they reinforce feelings of belonging and being appreciated. Not feeling supported or believing that their colleagues lack integrity can lead talented people to look elsewhere for work, which will have a big impact on a business. This is why social rituals, however small, are an important part of UK office culture.”

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Office Bugbears

Our research also investigated the habits that are likely to cause friction in an office environment, finding that colleagues not pulling their weight, (56 percent), taking credit for someone else’s work (45 percent) and repeatedly coming in late (37 percent), were the top faux pas. People spending too much time on social media (33 percent), leaving washing up in the sink (32 percent) and confrontational colleagues (31 percent) were also listed as gripes.

When it comes to conflict, agreeing on the thermostat temperature was cited as a major issue amongst office workers. Eating smelly food or chewing loudly, stealing stationery and food thieves were also found to be causes of irritation.

We were shocked to find that 35 percent of those researched have had their food stolen from the office. While one third of people said they use name tags to prevent food theft, some admitted to going to extreme measures to prevent further incidents, including licking food or even putting laxatives in their meals to catch the culprit.

And it’s not just food that goes missing in the office. Over one third of workers have also lost stationery, with the majority (87 percent) revealing items have been taken from their own desk. This can also be a cause of tension, with a whopping 72 percent of office workers claiming they would be upset to lose certain items of stationery. Over half of workers also admitted being irrationally protective over their favourite item, such as their best pen.

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With this in mind, it came as no surprise that many feel compelled to take action if they have such items taken from their desk. Workers confessed to shouting across the office or sticking name labels on all their stationery as a reaction to having prized items stolen. Some even admitted to hiding or locking away their favourite items, while others said stealing from co-workers was the way they re-gained missing stationery.

Our new, smaller set of labels is perfect for sticking on office stationery, lunch boxes and snacks, helping to prevent the causes of tension in the workplace. To find out more click here.

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Celebrating the new royal baby Archie!

Have you joined the celebration for the new royal baby Archie? At My Nametags we are very excited for the latest addition to the royal family, and we want to celebrate it with you. We have decided to offer anyone called ‘Archie’ a free set of name labels featuring a special prince design.

Want to receive yours? Just follow this link and fill in the redemption form.
The first one hundred people who fill in this form will receive one set of 56 sticker nametags. The nametags will be sent by post on the 31st of May.

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Help your child sleep better with our Printable Bedtime Checklist

We all love a good night’s sleep. Especially after having children, once a parent’s life suddenly becomes so much busier and tiring. But we are not the only ones who can experience difficulties sleeping.

As the National Sleep Foundation states, sleep is even more important for small children, as it has a strong impact on their mental and physical development.

While children are growing up, the development of imagination can translate into nightmares, which can make waking up during the night very common.

The increased demand in terms of time and attention that comes from school and homework, added to the growing interest in TV, computers, and the Internet can also lead to difficulty falling asleep.

Maintaining a regular and consistent sleep schedule is one of the recommended methods to increase the sleep quality of children (and their parents as well!).

We have created a printable bedtime checklist for you and your child to go through, to make bedtime a more relaxing and fun routine! Print this and stick it to your child’s bedroom wall where it is well visible, and go through it together every evening around half an hour before bedtime.

We hope better sleep is coming for all of you!

 

Click here to download

 

 

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Guess the flower and win a set of nametags!

The weather is getting warmer, and trees are filling with flowers. We think this is one of the best times for a walk in the nature with the kids! Work and school can make it difficult to be around plants and animals, so why not bring them along on your nametags? We have an extended line of flower designs, and we bet we have your favourite one too!

Why not have a little treasure hunt with your child? Find out the names of these flowers to win a set of nametags. Little hint: you can find clues on our website 😉

Follow this link to play!

 

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Good luck and happy flower hunting!

 

 

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My Nametags turns 15!

Our company started in our founder’s living room fifteen years ago, with a single product and a simple website. Over the years we have grown as a company and have constantly improved our product, while always striving for quality and simplicity, choosing the best and most resistant materials.

Today, we have different teams working in production, customer service, marketing and more. We offer a range of colourful designs, all made to last throughout your child’s adventures.

 

“We have always focused on making the absolute best nametags as possible. Over the last fifteen years we’ve sold millions of labels across the world, and have hopefully helped to make it a slightly better-organised place!” Lars B. Andersen, Founder and CEO of My Nametags

 

Our product was created with parent’s needs in mind, and this is how we have supplied with nametags a whole generation of children from kindergarten to high school, always making sure every lost item would find its way back. In 15 years, we have produced an astonishing 136 million single nametags all around the world! Not bad right?

We thought celebrating this milestone was necessary.

Take a look at the pictures below to see how we started, and how we are celebrating today!

 

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Prince ‘Hairy’: Our research reveals how parents across the world feel about names and our advice if you’re planning to place a bet on the Royal baby name.

At My Nametags we come across lots of baby names, from the unusual, to the traditional and everything in between. Naming a new addition to the family can be a daunting task, after all, there are many factors to consider including other people’s opinions on the final choice, through to whether it ‘suits’ them. We imagine that naming a child who will be internationally recognised from birth is an especially difficult task. So, whilst the nation, and indeed the world, is trying to predict what the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will name their first child, we gathered insights from thousands of parents to find out why the bookies favourites may not be their final choice.

The favourites

The bookies have been taking bets on what the Royal baby will be named since it was officially announced in October last year that the House of Sussex would be expanding. Currently the names with the shortest odds are:

  • Victoria
  • Alice
  • Grace
  • James
  • Arthur

What needs to be considered?

We discovered that critical cultural differences and the different perceptions of names between Britain and America are key to why certain names won’t be chosen by the Royal couple. With the new addition to the Royal family being the first to hold both British and American lineage, and with Meghan being known for not always following protocol, we think that an American influence will appear in the final name choice.

Key findings

Our research revealed how accents have a major influence on whether parents have a positive or a negative perception of a name. For example, for boys:

  • ‘Harry’, a British favourite, is pronounced ‘hairy’ in the US, which might explain why it doesn’t make it into the top 50 most popular names across the pond
  • ‘Oliver’, the number one baby name in the UK last year, is pronounced as ‘Aw-Liverrr’ in the US, which many parents agreed put them off when it was compared to the British pronunciation of ‘Aw-Livah’. Although it did remind one American parent of a ‘cute British boy in knee socks and a hat’

Alongside accents, we found that the associations parents have with names can also greatly impact their popularity. For example, for girls:

  • ‘Victoria’ was branded as ‘pretentious’ by some parents and we found that there was an almost universal dislike for the nickname ‘Vicky’. Despite this though, the name still remains in the top 100 of the most popular baby names on both sides of the Atlantic
  • ‘Diana’ was branded as ‘dated’ by many. This is not surprising though as the name hasn’t ranked in the top 100 in the UK since 1964, but we agree with the bookies that it would make a fitting tribute to Harry’s mother

We also found that American parents are more likely to be influenced by trends and popular culture. For example:

  • ‘Arya’ reached new heights of popularity following the premiere of the internationally acclaimed HBO television series, Game of Thrones, in 2011
  • ‘Charlotte’ was the most popular girls name in the US in 2015, the same year that Princess Charlotte was born

Finally, we found that British parents don’t agree with their transatlantic counterparts when it comes to their overall top choices for names. For example:

  • ‘Jackson’ tops the charts for boy’s names in the US, but Brits think it’s ‘too Americanised’ and ‘more suited to a surname’. Instead they much prefer the shortened version of ‘Jack’, which has been in the top charts for decades
  • ‘Sophia’ is the most popular girls name in the US, but Brits prefer ‘Sophie’. However, ‘Sophia’ is the top-ranking name in nine countries, so America isn’t the only country which sees its charm
  • The only names which both UK and US parents agree on are ‘Noah’, ‘Olivia’ and ‘Ava’, all of which appear as top 5 favourites in both countries

What the experts say

Dr Jane Pilcher, an Associate Professor of Sociology and leading authority on the sociology of names, explains: “Culture plays a vital role in the perception of certain names, the names that are popular or unpopular in different countries and, ultimately, what we chose to name our children. As this will be the first Royal baby to have both British and American parentage, I would be surprised if Harry and Meghan agree on a name that we would expect, or that’s quintessentially British. They will need to choose a name that is suitable for Royalty, but they also have the added challenge of it being accepted and correctly pronounced among both the UK and US public.”

What this means

Obviously, we won’t know what Harry and Meghan will choose to name their child until after the birth of the new Royal addition is announced. However, we predict the chosen name will defy Royal tradition and include some American influence, but it most likely won’t be baby ‘Jackson’.

What is your Royal baby name prediction? We’d love to hear from you! Tweet us @MyNametags or join the conversation on our Facebook page.

 

Sources:

  1. https://www.behindthename.com/name/harry/comments
  2. https://nameberry.com/babyname/Oliver
  3. https://www.behindthename.com/name/oliver/comments
  4. https://nameberry.com/babyname/Arthur
  5. https://www.behindthename.com/name/james/comments
  6. https://community.babycenter.com/post/a32528011/what_do_you_think_of_victoria_be_honest_please?cpg=3
  7. https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/baby_names/1008601-What-do-you-think-of-the-name-Jackson
  8. https://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/baby_names/3393931-Thoughts-on-Sophie
  9. https://www.ons.gov.uk/visualisations/dvc363/babyindex.html