Fatherhood

Good Grief! How I Used Dad's Death to Get What I Want

Jack Rooke | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK Comedy
Jack Rooke

Back at school I was given a small yellow card that meant I could get out of class if I felt I was struggling emotionally in a lesson. Soon enough I was walking in and out of classrooms whenever I liked, whether I was sad or not.

Year of the Dad - Belts and Breeks

Thomas Lynch | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

My son is seven years old and I still do it. Not every night, but sometimes I'll sneak in late at night and just marvel at him. It's a precious time, he doesn't know he's brilliant and funny though I do tell him, but well sometimes kids hear what they want to hear.

Adaptable Toddlers Remind Us Adults on How to Improve Ourselves

Andrew Robinson | Posted 04.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

When observing my daughter from a distance I learn so much about our species in its raw, untouched state. I admire our ability as toddlers to act, react and adapt to specific situations when they are thrust upon us without our say so.

Don't Ignore the Lonely Dad

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 31.01.2016 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

You try making conversation, but none develops. Your hopes of meeting new people, making new friends, forming bonds with other parents for the sake of your child are dwindling. You end up sitting alone in a corner, watching your child play alone while all around a community you long to be a part of continues on oblivious.

Going to DadsHouse

Karen Woodall | Posted 26.01.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Woodall

DadsHouse runs many projects but the most recent is particularly special because it helps dads who are homeless with temporary accommodation, which in turn gives them a chance to build relationships with their children.

A Memo for Dad: Your Baby and Your Relationship

Olga Levancuka | Posted 14.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

As adolescent boys (and girls) become overly preoccupied with sex and understanding everything about sex, thanks to raging hormones, in much the same way most women, whose 'biological clock' has got activated, are becoming overly preoccupied with the idea of having a baby and understanding everything about being... a mother.

11 Weeks Left Until the Arrival of Baby View From a Daddy

John Hibbs | Posted 04.01.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

With only 11 weeks left until the arrival of baby View From a Daddy, the preparations better start with vigour now the tree is down!

Satiating the Ever Inquisitive Mind of a Two-Year-Old...

John Hibbs | Posted 29.12.2015 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

What never ceases to amaze me is how she acquires words. I've heard her repeating words I didn't even realise I used myself but I must and she absorbs them, digests them and uses them to melt my heart, stop me in my tracks and make me down right laugh out loud.

Festively Plump

Neil Ransome | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK Parents
Neil Ransome

To maintain my cuddly physique and stop myself edging towards the chubby abyss / heart failure I found eating when hungry rather than the set three meals a day kept me in check.

A Dose of Hindsight and Being 'That' Football Dad

Ben Black | Posted 14.12.2015 | UK Parents
Ben Black

My 10 year old son is a good and keen footballer. He plays for a team and it's getting quite competitive. He was playing an away cup match a couple of weeks ago, the usual Sunday morning stuff. The referee didn't turn up and so one of the dads from the home team stepped in. You can see where this is going...

My Husband Does Everything!

Annie Vasconcelos | Posted 08.12.2015 | UK Parents
Annie Vasconcelos

It's not fair that he gets branded as being lazy, messy and childish just because he has dangly bits, when he is none of these things. In fact he is the complete opposite. Without him being the cleaner, the caregiver, the accountant, the shopper, the handyman, the daddy or the lover our household would fall down in a crumbling mess.

Dads, Where's the Love?

Thomas Lynch | Posted 07.12.2015 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

My dad died three years ago, and for the last year of his life I was unable to have decent heartfelt conversations with him. I was robbed then and of course still robbed now of the ability to speak with him. To ask him the questions, did he love me? And what did he think of me?

The Loneliness of the Stay-at-Home-Dad

Daniel Powell | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Powell

A few fast-moving years ago, through an unplanned set of circumstances, I became a stay-at-home Dad with a four month old baby and a two year old - both boys. I was plunged into the all-consuming microcosm that is looking after small children full-time.

Piano Lessons for My Son - Finding Ms Piano Lady Four

Daniel Powell | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Powell

I don't want to be the kind of father that seeks to make up for his own shortcomings by hot-housing his kids, except that's exactly what I want to do when it comes to my sons learning music.

A Dad's Guide to the Playgroup

Daniel Powell | Posted 02.12.2015 | UK Parents
Daniel Powell

As a stay-at-home Dad, I went into the curious world of the playgroup hoping that my boys could develop their social skills and learn to interact with their peers. I swiftly learnt that I needed to develop my social skills and learn to interact with my peers.

Why Becoming a Stay-At-Home Dad Was a No-Brainer

Jamie Last | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Parents
Jamie Last

Traditionally, it has been the mother who has given up a career to look after a child. But times are changing. As a consequence of more and more women having babies later in their lives, women are spending more time forging established careers, just like men have always done. At least that's what I'm experiencing in my neck of the woods.

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.