Supporting Men to Care

Anna Tarrant | Posted 18.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Anna Tarrant

Assumptions that men are "hard to reach" or that "men don't talk" are unhelpful and present challenges to services that seek to engage with men and encourage their involvement. There is more to do to develop our understandings in terms of research, policy and practice, and recognition of men's roles in families and as carers might be a key signifier for broader change.

Dads Don't Babysit

Mark Robins | Posted 16.11.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Robins

The only things us men can't do is gestate, give birth, and breast feed the child, none of which is really our fault. Our 50% of responsibility can be made up of other things, and we are more than capable parents whose contribution is hugely important to family life.

Fatherhood, Feminism and Family Life

Laura Hicks | Posted 11.11.2015 | UK Parents
Laura Hicks

There has been situations in the past where Mike has been out and hasn't been able to change the boys because the only baby changing facility is in the women's toilet. It's these small things that help make this equality happen but more importantly its the microlevel, social situations described above that can really change societies attitudes to the male/female dynamics in a family.

More Men Are Working High-Earning Part-Time Roles: 'It's Improved The Relationship With My Kids'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Parents

Part-time workers aren't often associated with high-earning roles, but a record-breaking number of men are proving that wrong. The latest figur...

Disposable Dads and the Myth of the Modern Family

Karen Woodall | Posted 06.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karen Woodall

Dads are not welcome in post-separation family life, especially if they are going to cause trouble by wanting to actually parent their children. For those modern men who gave their all to fatherhood, the injustice of such a swift eviction from the lives of their children after separation, is a bewildering attack on their very sense of self.

Why Daddy Pig Is a Role Model for Modern Day Dads

Hamish Nicklin | Posted 04.11.2015 | UK Parents
Hamish Nicklin

Daddy Pig is a legend. So much so that when I find myself in a difficult situation at home, I often think, 'what would Daddy Pig do?'... While I know I shouldn't be seeking parenting and lifestyle inspiration from an overweight, make-believe pig, if my two daughters grow up knowing they're as loved and cared for as Peppa is, then it'll have all been worthwhile.

What It Means To Be A Man In 2015

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Masculinity has seen a huge shift over the past 50 years. Fathers are now staying at home to look after their kids and male feminists are comin...

I Am a Widowed Dad and in Time I Will Learn to Do My Daughter's Hair

Pete Wallroth | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Wallroth

I think society has a strange view on men bringing up children alone. I guess people presume that because women generally take the lead in parenting, another familiar female figures will intervene if the wife or partner is not there. Perhaps people assume that a man is somehow not capable of doing what a woman can... But, do you know what? We aren't inept human beings.

I Guarantee to Make You a Better Dad By the End of This Blog Post

Jeff Brazier | Posted 02.11.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

We are often the father we are because of the father we had. Intergenerational conditioning is one to watch out for because a lot of what you and I experienced is dated and has less relevance in modern fatherhood. Be the father you wish to be instead of what you were raised to be.

26 Lies Tired Parents Tell

Emily-Jane Clark | Posted 22.10.2015 | UK Parents
Emily-Jane Clark

Since having babies I have told a few lies. I am not proud of myself, but sometimes lying (and coffee, so much coffee) is the only way to survive. The truth would simply hurt too much (or make you look like a miserable twat) so telling the odd fib is a necessary evil...

A Strong Start for Every Family

Sir Tony Hawkhead | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Parents
Sir Tony Hawkhead

f you are a parent who is wondering how you can develop or improve the relationship with your young child, don't feel like you have to face this task alone. Children's centres are there to help all parents and their children, and who need anything from a place to meet others, routine advice or more significant help.

Being a Stay at Home Dad Has Changed My Marriage

John L. Adams | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

I'm going to brave and tell you that, as a stay at home dad, I believe I have more responsibilities than a woman in my position. You see I've taken on the role of caregiver and homemaker, but a lot of my old responsibilities, the stereotypical ones you might expect of a man, still remain.

The Perfect Dad Doesn't Exist: Good Enough Will Be Just Fine

Marc Smith | Posted 12.10.2015 | UK Parents
Marc Smith

Striving for perfection is exhausting. I found myself trying to be everything at once: the strict dad, the caring dad, the helper of homework and fixer of bikes. You can only keep that up for so long before you make yourself ill, before becoming enveloped in an emotional sandstorm.

This Is My Truth

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 09.10.2015 | UK Parents
Zoe Clark-Coates

If you have lost a baby can I encourage you to share your story and speak your truth....Every person who joins us, is publically stating I want to help break the silence and my story matters and my babies life mattered however short it may have been.

Kids Are Hard - Marriage After Kids Is Harder

Nicole Thomas | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK Parents
Nicole Thomas

Baby arrived and our expert exchanges rapidly turned to shit. It was frightening how quickly it deteriorated into utter chaos. You're pre-warned about how it changes everything - the usual guff about no sleep, no social life, etc. However, we just weren't prepared for how it fundamentally changed us as people.

What My Son's Dyspraxia Taught Me About His Autism

Matt Davis | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Parents
Matt Davis

The impacts on everyday tasks are huge. Picking up cutlery on a laid, full table and eating a meal is terrifically tortuous for him such are the fine spatial and visual skills needed. He sees everything, all seemingly separate unconnected objects; this photographic memory is a handicap as well as something incredible.

Zygote Poems - A Journey of New Fatherhood

Richard Thomas | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Parents
Richard Thomas

Zygote Poems is in-scripted to my daughter Emmeline, and one day, if she chooses to, she can read it. If and when she does, I will be there to guide her through the poems, just as I guided myself through writing them, and just as we all guided each other through the first year of her life.

10 Things You Need to Know Before You Become a Father

Suzi Godson | Posted 16.08.2015 | UK Parents
Suzi Godson

Throughout this month, BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour is broadcasting my interviews with men aged from twenty to eighty. The first week focussed on young men, role models and the way in which parental behaviour influences attitudes towards relationships. Last week we spoke to young men about their experiences of pregnancy, birth and fatherhood...

Perk After Perk After Perk

Daniel Rourke | Posted 03.08.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Rourke

There are so many perks to this fathering gig. I just cannot believe the benefits of having a small child with you, wherever you go. I'm pretty sure that I outrank old age pensioners, the disabled, war veterans, sick animals and even other children. The list is endless and I take full advantage of it at every opportunity.

Nappies, Nappies Everywhere

Daniel Rourke | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Rourke

They say that there are two things you can be sure of in life, and that is death and taxes. Well I disagree. I believe there are three things you can be absolutely, completely sure of. Death, taxes and that your children will produce mountains and mountains of poo.

My Husband; Five Reasons I Am Not Lucky to Have Him

Abi Oborne | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Abi Oborne

Am I lucky to have a husband like mine? Well, I guess in some ways, yes. I am lucky that he is healthy. I am lucky that he is here. I was lucky that I met him in the first place, but really, that is where the luck part of it ends. The rest is about choice.

You Know You're a Dad When... - 10 Unconventional Signs

Sumbel Gilani | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Parents
Sumbel Gilani

Here are 10 of the not so well known signs that you are a dad. These show how even the minor things in your life have truly evolved and highlight the varying sacrifices you have made upon being appointed to this honourable role.

Introducing the 'Buggy Face Off'

Daniel Rourke | Posted 15.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Daniel Rourke

We've all been there, waiting to get through a door whilst streams of people walk through it. Hardly anyone lets anyone through, and the term "ladies...

Alpha Dad Is Making Me Look Bad

Daniel Rourke | Posted 13.07.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Rourke

Normally when you see another dad out and about you share a sense of fellowship. You're on the same team, fighting the tiredness and the tantrums together. Nappy after nappy, spillage after spillage, grazed knee after grazed knee.

Dad Terms and Conditions

Al Ferguson | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Al Ferguson

No-one ever reads the terms and conditions of anything anymore... And we have no idea what we're signing up to... Being a dad is no different!!! It's just like reading all those other Terms and Conditions, you have no idea what you're signing up to but you still just click "I Agree" ... or as I like to put it, you just click "Aaahh, I wish I'd never..."