Fatherhood

The Awesomeness of Being a Dad

Ashley Beolens | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashley Beolens

I'll let you in on a secret I LOVE being a dad, it is the single greatest thing in my life. My partner, other family, friends, hobbies and other loves (reading, music, photography etc.) you are all great (don't be jealous now) but nothing, and I do mean nothing, quite compares to the awesomeness of being a dad.

Why Patricia Arquette's Motherhood Is a Small Victory for Feminism in Hollywood (Spoiler Alert)

Hanna Gunnarsson | Posted 27.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Hanna Gunnarsson

Arquette confirms my fear of becoming a mother. A fear that has led to my non-normative decision in not having children; a decision that is constantly contested by society, my mother every time we Skype, and none the least by myself.

What's It Like Being a Stay at Home Dad?

John L. Adams | Posted 23.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

If you think of all the social networks that exist for parents, they almost exclusively exist for the benefit of mums. Whether formal or informal, mums, especially if they have young children, have much greater opportunities to meet, mix and make friends.

How to Have Sex When You Have Babies

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 22.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emily-Jane Clark

You and your partner agree to have an 'early' night. Search the underwear drawer for something other than pyjamas. Options are; nighties (baggy tee shirts), comfortable knickers, two old maternity bras, three used breast pads or a random thong that must have escaped the Great Thong Purge of 2010.

You Can't Babysit Your Own Kids

Ashley Beolens | Posted 17.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashley Beolens

You cannot babysit your own kids, what you are doing is being a responsible adult or parent and looking after the produce of your (probably) misguided fumblings (anyone who claims this clearly has no wish to be a dad so it must have been a mistake, am I right?).

A Guide to Parenting - According to My Husband!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

Wife goes on a rare night out and you have strict instructions regarding kids bed time - ignore all said instructions, give them all the forbidden snacks they want in front of a movie and let them fall asleep on the sofa without brushing their teeth. Maximum points for dad!

Are Men Shifting From Lad Culture to Dad Culture?

Glen Poole | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Glen Poole

The media is certainly giving the impression that something is afoot in the hood we call father. Just two years ago, Netmums revealed that nine out of ten parents felt TV dads do not reflect the contribution that fathers actually make to family life.

Having it All as a Man

Jayne Morris | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

For both men and women to truly 'have it all' we need flexibility in the way we work so that we can take better care of our own needs and those of our children. This is vital not only to help prevent burnout of the workforce but also to prevent the burnout of our children.

Why Stay-At-Home Dads Need Companionship and Not 'Fathers For Justice'

David Ready | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Dads often suffer a crisis of masculinity, particularly stay-at-home dads who rely on their partner as the breadwinner, finding themselves reluctant to ask for money from the partner, which goes against their natural instinct as a male, to be able to provide, to be self-sufficient and a role model to their child.

Father Refuses To Give His Baby With Down's Syndrome Up For Adoption

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Like most new fathers, Samuel Forrest was beyond excited meet his son, but he had no idea just how much that first encounter would change his life. ...

The Seven Stages of Toddler Tantrums

Jess Paterson | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jess Paterson

Maternal amnesia is a wonderful thing. I'd forgotten all about tantrums. Even convinced myself that my first two children had sailed peacefully through their twos. Until this morning, when my third baby had his first proper tantrum. And it all came flooding back.

Divorced Fathers and Their Children

Soila Sindiyo | Posted 05.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Soila Sindiyo

I'm annoyed that in this day and age, there are still children out there that have to watch helplessly as their relationship with their father is disrupted, interfered with or even permanently severed just because someone is angry, resentful and vengeful.

Five Ways to Ditch Your Boy Persona and Step into Manhood with Pride

Michael Carthy | Posted 04.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Michael Carthy

Witnessing the lives of men in London, it seems to me that many of them (many of us) are holding onto a destructive, warped and conditioned view of what happiness really is. A view that being masculine means you have to act, speak and behave in a certain way.

Daddy Daycare?

Dalia Ben-Galim | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Politics
Dalia Ben-Galim

In just a few months from now some new dads will have more options in how they use their parental leave. The new scheme will allow parents to share leave after their child is born, allowing more mothers to return to work - but the question is how many dads will take this leave?

Nine Tips for Parents of Babies in a Neonatal Unit

Leigh Kendall | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Leigh Kendall

These tips include advice I was given, and things I learned the hard way while my son Hugo was being cared for. Having a baby in a neonatal unit is so stressful - I hope this helps other mummies and daddies.

This Dad Is Selling A Buggy On eBay And The Item Description Is Absolutely Epic

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.01.2015 | UK Comedy

"Here we have for sale the green monster that can only be Phil and Teds. I shall be glad to see it leave my premises and never return." So begins p...

You Are Going to be a Daddy!

Kerry Gibb | Posted 30.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kerry Gibb

I remember the excitement I felt seeing that little blue cross in the small square window of my pregnancy test. It seemed surreal. I was 27 years old and pregnant with my first son. I couldn't wait to share the news with my husband but I wanted to find the perfect way to tell him. We both wanted a baby but I sensed that, like many men, he still didn't feel 'ready'.

My Dad, the Feminist

Nathalie Gordon | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nathalie Gordon

You actually called yourself a Feminist the other day and I couldn't have been more surprised or prouder. I asked you if you'd refer to yourself as a Feminist and you said "Yes I'm a Feminist- unreservedly. As a proselytising libertarian, I believe in freedom, equality and the rights of all men, which includes women". I thought- wow, that's my dad. The Feminist. My hero.

Dad Becomes Internet Hit After Mum Catches Him Singing To His Baby At Bathtime

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Thank you, Tristen Combs, for caputuring this moment on camera. Her other half didn't realise his bathtime song for his baby was being filmed - and...

Postnatal Depression in Fathers - What are we Going to do About it?

Olivia Spencer | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Olivia Spencer

Postnatal depression affects fathers too. It's a fact, it's been researched, professionals working in mental health and in medicine agree that it exists, and I've spoken to many sufferers over the past year...but what are we going to do about it?

The Mum-Hub: An Exclusive Parental Social Club

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Ragoonanan

I have never seen any dads in the hub. Not even partners. The hub is usually a child-free zone too, a place of mothers in conversation while their children fend for themselves. This day there were lots of crying and distressed pre-school children who needed the attention of scattered lone parents, before their actual parent in the hub noticed.

Treat Fathers Like Idiots...

Soozi Baggs | Posted 08.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Soozi Baggs

There has been a lot of speculation about how men won't take up the opportunity of shared parental leave because the money is not enough for them or because childcare is not seen as a man's job. These are valid concerns but I think it goes even deeper than that.

New Fathers, Time to Step-Up!

Lorna Balfour | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Lorna Balfour

If you are thinking about having a baby, or expecting one, I would suggest discussing with your partner how you are going to share responsibility for bringing up your baby, before the wee one arrives. It would be much less stressful. We all have different expectations of parenthood, and it is important to explore your expectations, and how they compare to your partner's.

Baby Has A Muscle Flex-Off With His Dad, And It's Adorable

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK Comedy

Who's the greatest muscle man in this family: Hadley (age: eight months) or his dad (age: considerably older than eight months)? There's only one w...

I Abandoned My Daughter Today... (at Preschool)

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Ragoonanan

My daughter is now over two and a half, and is ready - needing - to learn to interact with new children on her own. Playgroups are fine, but I'm always there. Same goes for playdates, and our frequent playground visits. It's time to play away from daddy.