Fatherhood

Not Many Six-Year-Olds Would Do This On Their Birthday

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Parents

What would a six-year-old girl most like on her birthday? Lego? A new Frozen Elsa doll? A brand new notepad and pens to do some drawing? Not thi...

Dad Brings Toddler's Imaginary Super Mario Game To Life... And It's Incredible

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents

Have you ever wondered what was going through your child's mind when they're playing an imaginary game? This father did, and decided to use his to...

Why Dads Should Stop The Baby Talk

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK Parents

Do dads spending time with their babies and toddlers use baby talk? The sort of coo-ing, sing-song, high-pitched voices that mothers put on? You mi...

These #DadWin Photos Will Have You In Stitches

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Parents

Sometimes dads just don't get enough credit. They've got this parenting lark down and to prove it they have taken to Instagram to share snapshots o...

(Coconut) Smells Like Victory

Tim Lyddiatt | Posted 23.04.2015 | UK Parents
Tim Lyddiatt

It's probably nothing, probably just some tick of genetics she will grow out of as she settles into her new world. But Dr Internet tells us that it might be something, might mean too that we're wrong to think that the orphanage treated her well.

Too Much Going On!

Tim Lyddiatt | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Parents
Tim Lyddiatt

The adoption process itself is long and arduous, and it must be adhered to precisely at all times. That means bureaucratic hoops and jumping through them, many hoops and near constant jumping. It took us just over a natural gestation to navigate the maze.

Is It Time to Talk

Ashley Beolens | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ashley Beolens

We need to be having the type of conversation that we are happy to have on our blogs and in forums and Facebook groups in the big wide world face to face with people. More than that though do we need to talk to people who are not already on our wave length, we need to stop preaching to the converted and start preaching to the masses.

The Best Mum in the World - Really?

Judy Reith | Posted 09.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Judy Reith

You would think I had asked them to tell the person next to them how often they have sex. Speaking up about your parenting ability is just not something parents find easy. Had I asked them to talk about what they get wrong as a parent, they would never shut up.

11 Things They Don't Tell You About Becoming a Parent for the First Time

Rose Carraig | Posted 06.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rose Carraig

There is a vast canon of literature on new-parenthood, child-rearing, baby nurturing, what to expect and what not to expect once you've had a baby. You could thatch houses with the amount written about this most wondrous time of any person's life.

The Incredible Moment When A Father Of Four Hears Silence For The First Time

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.03.2015 | UK Comedy

This really is incredibly moving... Thank you, SomeWhen Productions, for filming this amazing moment. (Warning: includes a swear word. Well, i...

The Awesomeness of Being a Dad

Ashley Beolens | Posted 28.04.2015 | 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 27.04.2015 | 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 24.04.2015 | 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 24.04.2015 | 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 19.04.2015 | 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 18.04.2015 | 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 11.04.2015 | 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 09.04.2015 | 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 10.04.2015 | 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 07.04.2015 | 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 06.04.2015 | 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 05.04.2015 | 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 04.04.2015 | 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 24.03.2015 | 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.