Fatherhood

Attachment Parenting IS Feminist

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

Attachment parenting doesn't acknowledge capitalism or patriarchy as deities the way mainstream parenting does. Attachment parenting (the practices involved in) supports a woman's right to understand how her body works, how powerful she is in the life of her child and in wider society and how awesome her biology is.

Are You Suffering From Toddler's Back?

Nick Jones | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Jones

Sleep deprivation is a key cause of Toddler's Back, when you have kids you just don't get to rest like you used to - fact. Our daughter is no fan of sleeping, and despite being a perfect little angel (well almost) during daylight hours, she turns into something of a diva at night. It was during a particularly difficult night time shift this week, when my Toddler's Back really struck.

The Lilly Ann Workout - Dad Does Adorable Exercise Routine Inspired By His Baby Daughter

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Meet Michael Stansbury. The father of Lilly Ann, who has started working out with his baby daughter. Sure, The Lilly Ann Workout may involve spend...

Breastfeeding Advocacy Isn't Anti-Formula Feeders

Chrissy Chittenden | Posted 26.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chrissy Chittenden

So, here's what breastfeeding-advocacy isn't: It isn't anti-formula users. Breastfeeding advocacy is about wanting new parents to have access to ALL the facts about how they feed their babies. This includes the risks of using formula milk as a breastmilk substitute...

What Do Atheists Tell Their Children?

James Conmy | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Conmy

That night, I spend some time thinking about what we tell our children, about Heaven and God, about what happens when we die - and although I don't believe in any of it, I tell myself that, right now, it's ok for him to believe. After all, as a five-year-old, there are plenty of things that he believes in that I know aren't true.

How Not to Bring Up Independent Thinkers

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 01.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

I want them to grow up to be able to make up their own minds about things and not be easily led. I want them to think things through and make sensible, rational decisions that are fair and just. But I want them to make the same sensible, rational decisions that I make. Otherwise their decisions would be wrong and that would annoy me...

Kids Say the Freakiest Things

Joe Ellis-Gage | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joe Ellis-Gage

Anna first freaked us out when she was about 20 months old. We had been staying with friends in London for a couple of days during the Olympics. As we were leaving we were all stood in own friends bedroom collecting up our stuff...

The Day I Found My Voice: Becoming the Father My Family Needed

Steve Edwards | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Steve Edwards

There were nights the crying got so bad, I hoped my son would stop breathing altogether. There were worse nights than that. And the guilt I felt- for those thoughts, and for my inability to help my son- further fuelled my suffering. I felt as though I deserved to hurt. Then one day in our son's second year, my wife convinced me that we should take him to the clinic...

PIC: The Parenting Magazine We've Been Waiting For

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.01.2014 | UK Comedy

With thanks to @Kittus for making it happen: ...

Dads! Love Your Kids AND Heavy Metal?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Comedy

A tip of the hat to Spencer Riviera for this amazing-looking album, which features such heavy metal classics as 'If I Step On One More Toy' and 'Who L...

Couvade, The Right of Passage for Fathers

Nick Clements | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

As someone who works with men and boys, these two descriptions of couvade, inspire and excite me. Our ancestors knew the importance of having the father bond with the baby as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. The reduction in testosterone shows how this is a biological and evolutionary imperative.

The Power of Vulnerability

Emily Kasriel | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Emily Kasriel

This dynamic between the vulnerable and the powerful brings a relevancy to the image of the Datura and other flowers by the New York-based photographer Andrew Zuckerman. The juxtaposition of rigidity and rigour and a fragile, almost feminine form gives these images their distinctive beauty.

Weekend Dad Notes Part One: Why Festivals Make the Best Crèches

Shihab S Joi | Posted 15.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shihab S Joi

In a world where helicopter parenting is on the rise and cotton-wool wrapped kids are warned strangers spell terrible danger, taking them to festivals not only gives them the space they need for their crazy little minds to roam free, I actually think it should be mandatory.

I Hate Dogs Too, Giles Coren, So Am I Barking?

Grant Feller | Posted 11.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

I hate dogs. I mean I don't just hate them, in a 'shoo, leave me alone' way. I really genuinely hate them. Not their owners - not all of them anyway - just their smelly, waste-producing, noisy, over-enthusiastic, straining-at-the-chains, handbag-sized, fluffy, doe-eyed, saliva-sharing, wet-nosed pets.

Facing the Facts About Fathers and Childcare

Gideon Burrows | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

UK government policy on parental leave, for example, has been set according to a generalised assumption that men want to take more time off, and work more flexibly, to be with their children. Yet the simple, statistic-backed facts support the opposite conclusion: men aren't yet using even close to the wiggle room they already have.

William, the Most Famous Father in the World

Andrew Watson | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Watson

As the most famous father in the world, he'll have the power to influence thousands - if not millions - of families for the better. You don't need to be a flag-waving Royalist to get excited about an opportunity like that.

I'm Not Just a Dad, I'm a Dad

Adrian Millar | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

I'm not just a dad. I'm a dad. I change the world, like all dads and mums. The Obamas know that. And so does Neven. Do you? I hope so.

Breastfeeding Is More Successful When Dads Are Involved Too

Gideon Burrows | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

It is worth us all remembering that mums are more likely to pursue and succeed with breastfeeding if the father is actively involved right from day one, and that baby-father bonds are stronger when dad plays a role.

15 Funny Quotes For Father's Day

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. In honour of the daily sacrifices that you make and hard work you put in, we've gathered together som...

Make This Sunday a Special Father's Day - Not a Farther Away Day

Peter Ryding | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Peter Ryding

You see time is the single biggest gift parents can give their children. As a business coach and mentor, I have seen how lack of time from their parents during childhood has caused major issues in the minds and behaviours of some of the most successful CEOs.

WATCH: Louis C.K. On Fatherhood

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Like Louis C.K.? Like being a dad? Well, even if your answer to the second question is "No" or "I'm not a dad" or "I can't be a dad because I'm a woma...

Don't Pity Me Netmums, I Like Being Feckless!

Grant Feller | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Grant Feller

I looked up the word 'feckless' in the dictionary this morning because, according to those helpful people at Netmums, us dads are too often unfairly labelled as such. Think peanut-brained Homer Simpson, any hopeless lead character in a soap opera and, my favourite, the wonderfully bemused and put-upon dad in Outnumbered.

This Father's Day Let's Redefine the Meaning of 'Good Dad'

Gideon Burrows | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

Given that couples who share childcare more equally are actually more likely to have happier relationships and are more likely to stay together. We need a broader manifesto about what it ought to mean to be a dad in 21st Century Britain. This would complement - not contradict - the father's rights movement's aims.

Time to Admit That Modern Fatherhood Is a Myth

Gideon Burrows | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

As an equal parent in and out of working hours for over five years now, I've realised there's no fairytale quite so engaging, but quite so without actual substance, as the modern fatherhood myth. There's a convincing but untrue story about a huge army of fathers out there across the UK, all merrily doing their fair share of childcare, or maybe even more than their female partners. Just take a look outside. Where are the groups of dads sitting in coffee shops, or joining sing-along at the local library?

Both Sexes Are to Blame for Unequal Parenting

Gideon Burrows | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

I hear all the time that the woman has chosen to stay at home and look after the children, while the man has chosen to go to work. Given all these overt and subtle pressures, I wonder whether these are really free choices at all. The only solution is for men to actively take up the mantle of childcare, right from the very earliest days of our children's life.