A Stay-At-Home Dad Is Not A Kept Man

John L. Adams | Posted 19.10.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

I admit, I miss the income I once had. I would like to make a greater contribution to the household budget. This, however, is partly down to the age of our children. Our youngest daughter starts school next year and I see light at the end of the tunnel. Until that time, I am quite happy with how things are. My wife is free to concentrate on her career while I have taken on the main responsibility for looking after the children.

Why Are Fathers 'Shunning' Shared Parental Leave?

Ben Black | Posted 09.08.2016 | UK Parents
Ben Black

thriving families.jpg So SPL has failed? Absolutely not. It was always going to take time. Getting the legislation through was a massive achievement. And even a few fathers successfully taking it up is a success. What happens next is the important bit.

Fitting Work Around Fatherhood

Oli Reed | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

thriving families.jpg I've never enjoyed two weeks of my life more than the fortnight of my paternity leave. The immediate love I had for my little boy Sonny, the closeness we felt as a family and the sheer joy of watching that tiny baby turn into a little boy full of personality was the greatest feeling I could ever imagine. And then I went back to work...

Parent or Not, No Single Role Determines Our Value or Future

Karin Sieger | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

here is nothing wrong in having a preference for how we would like our life to be. But rigid single mindedness can lead to vulnerability, when life and those around us do not deliver. We may not have the necessary mental and emotional resilience and agility to bounce back and adjust accordingly. If we are less accepting of the value of others' difference, then we may find it hard, if others struggle with our own difference.

Fatherhood: A Generational Shift

Clair Rees | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Parents
Clair Rees

Understanding Father's mental health and wellbeing during their transition to fatherhood is an area where significant difference can be made for the wellbeing of the whole family.

Parent-In or Out? Brexit Time Is Here...

Sophia Walker | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

As a working mum, the things that important to me are the things that are also important to you. Free healthcare, good education, job prospects and opportunity for our children - the rich, and the poor.

Bonding With Dad

John Hibbs | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

As a new dad, with no experience of a baby before apart from whanging my sister's dolls out of the way by their arms when we were much much younger, knowing that a baby was arriving imminently was quite scary and no amount of antenatal classes, even with life like dolls, could really offer the reassurance that I was looking for.

Father's Day? Wake Me Up on Monday

Emily Cleary | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Emily Cleary

When it comes to significant occasions, it'd be fair to say Father's Day has often been near the bottom of my list. My Dad left before I was a year old, I always called him by his first name, we were never the stereotypical father and daughter unit. But we loved each other and, over time, it worked.

Shame and Stigma Led to My Father's Breakdown

Emma Kenny | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Kenny

During my father's sectioning, my uncle, brother and I went into his employers and managed to get him retired - a decision that was very difficult for us. This was made even more challenging when our motives were questioned and we ended up being made to feel as if we were trying to squeeze money out of his employers.

Top Five Tips by Dads, for Dads, on Looking After Mental Health This Father's Day

Cal Strode | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Cal Strode

With Father's day ahead of us, I got in touch with dads working at the Mental Health Foundation to see what tips they would give to other / prospective dads for looking after their mental health. Here's what they said...

Dear Dad

Judy Reith | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Judy Reith

I remember the sound of the tea in your throat as you swallowed it, and you said you remember that of Grandpa too. I remember wanting to be able to make tea for you, and wanting to learn to like tea so I could drink it with my daddy.

A Father's Day Note

Liz Lowe | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Parents
Liz Lowe

The urgent need for a gift for my husband has found me in a pottery cafe, yet again, ruining perfectly good mugs with our children's painted footprints. The irony is not lost on the toddler, who notes that I am less enthused about her handprints when they adorn the TV screen, the folding doors and my white shorts.

Desperate to Be a Dad? Read On...

Veronica Montgomery | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Veronica Montgomery

Male factor affects one in twenty men, so is actually very common, around 90% of cases that we treat will require intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). This procedure requires fewer normal sperm than nature and the sperm is injected directly in to the egg to fertilize.

Why Are British Mums and Dads the Worst in the Developed World at Sharing Childcare?

Jeremy Davies | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Parents
Jeremy Davies

Our gender pay gap - which leaves British women earning an average of 17.4% less than men in similar full-time jobs - places us 15th out of the 22 countries measured. In first-placed New Zealand, the gap is 5.6%.

Shall I Join the 1%?

Robin Sherwood | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents
Robin Sherwood

Having a full blown row with your partner in front of your baby is reprehensible but sadly sometimes inevitable. And in the heat of a particularly vir...

Fathers, Like Mothers, Are Critical to Infants' Mental Health

Tessa Baradon | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Parents
Tessa Baradon

Becoming a father is a life changing event, yet it is mothers who receive the most parental support and attention in society. This attention may be related to the still prevalent idea that babies need their mothers when small, and that fathers become important only 'later on'.

Things That Daddy Is Better at Than Me

Frances Taylor | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Parents
Frances Taylor

I'll say now that my husband is a wonderful daddy. Perhaps even the best they'll ever have. But it's flipping ungrateful of them to overlook the fact that he might well forget to feed them anything but biscuits.

Photophillia: What Our Reactions to a Family Photograph Say About Men and Care

Esmée Hanna | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Parents
Esmée Hanna

Men care, and cherish and nurture, just as women do. This is what Heather Whitten's photo of her husband shows; a man caring for an ill small child. The fact that his child was unwell does not make this exceptional; caring happens in big and small ways each and every day, because loving others means wanting and doing the best for them.

A Mobile App to Prevent Postnatal Depression?

Judy Bretschneider | Posted 23.05.2016 | UK Tech
Judy Bretschneider

The changes to lifestyle, financial worries, constant sleep deprivation and the pressure of being responsible for a tiny, demanding little person often mean that parents - couples, single parents, mums and dads - can feel socially isolated.

Toddler Tantrums: Dealing With Early Onset Terrible Twos

Annie Ridout | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Parents
Annie Ridout

It's always a huge relief when a friend with a similar-aged child visits and the two of them tantrum together, as I realise that it's totally normal. It's their own, unique way of communicating with us. But it really does tire me out some days.

The Perceived Emasculation of Stay at Home Dads

John L. Adams | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

The parenting world, especially the early years environment, is very heavily biased towards mums. If you are male and going to enter that world and thrive, you have to be a thick skinned, confident individual. Far from being emasculated, you have to be tough and very sure of your masculinity.

I'm A Dad, Not A Babysitter

Eddie Lewis | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Parents
Eddie Lewis

Seriously, how in the name of all that is holy does a father babysit their own child!? I bet no one has ever walked up to my wife and gone 'Eddie at work? Are you babysitting all day?'.

Dads Don't Babysit (Apart From When We Do)

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

Expectations for dads are so low, that fathers get plaudits for simply doing what mothers do as standard. I think we're rewarded for showing just a little engagement, because our role has become so emotionally removed from the nurturing aspect of parenting.

I Thought Cancer In My 20s Had Left Me Infertile - Now I Can't Wait to Become a Dad

Paul Simms | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Paul Simms

My wife's expecting our first daughter in August this year, and I can't wait. I'm so excited about being a dad. But rewind just a few short years, and I could never have imagined this would be happening to me. Because my cancer surgeon had just uttered the words "the treatment will almost certainly leave you infertile".

This Moving Short Shows The Unbreakable Bond Between A Father, Son And Their Xbox

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Tech

The best advert ever made for the Xbox is here, and it has absolutely nothing to do with Microsoft. It's a beautifully moving 2min short by aspiring f...