Fathers

Dear Father-to-be...

Torsten Klaus | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

I remember being very excited during my wife's first pregnancy. I couldn't wait for the due date to come nearer. I also felt a little nervous and unsure, but hey, I read books, my wife and I talked a lot and I thought we will be fine.

So, Who Is Doing the Washing Up Tonight?

Torsten Klaus | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Anyway, I believe we (men, dads, uncles, grandads) should get more pro-active at this matter. Let's bring some genuine equality into our homes and show that fathers of the new generation are just awesome. So gents, it's about time to pull up our sleeves and to get busy there.

Fathers Need Longer Paternity Leave

Torsten Klaus | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Torsten Klaus

Here is the contradiction: Society wants men to spend more time with their kids and families (believe me, at least once a week I get a comment like "Oh it's good to see daddy being in charge" when in public), but employers and government do next to nothing to support them. I believe we need some fundamental changes here...

Fathers and Nappies

Nick Clements | Posted 13.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

There are three types of fathers when it comes to nappy changing. Those who don't and won't, those who will, and those who are excluded.

Blue Is the Colour

Nick Clements | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

I recently heard a good story from someone about becoming a dad. After his child was delivered the man was handed the tiny baby, as the midwife did so she quickly checked the sex, and proudly said 'here's your big strong boy.' The father wondered if the midwife had delivered a girl whether she would have said 'here's your big strong girl.' Right from the first seconds of being born we are judged and compartmentalized.

WTF Is School Doing to Your Children?

Chris Ward | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Chris Ward

How many of these questions about your children's schooling can you actually answer positively to? Is the current education system robbing you, your children and the world, of a generation of rounded, sociable, caring, intelligent, grown-ups?

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...

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.

You'll Miss Me When I'm Gone

Mark Oborn | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Oborn

And as I reflect now it seems so obvious that these are the things that we would miss without her here, and yet when she was here those things went unsaid, all we did as a family was recognised her for her practical input. But she was so much more than that.

What Is the Actual Definition of a Bad Father?

Louise Pennington | Posted 14.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Louise Pennington

When did we change the definition of 'good father" to include men who murder the mother of their children? When did it begin to include men who commit murder in front of their children? When did it begin to include men who are convicted of child sexual abuse? When did we extend the term "good" to fathers who have no contact with their children?

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.

Berating Men and Fathers Is a Waste of Time

John L. Adams | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

Speaking for myself, I see women, mothers and feminists as colleagues and friends. We can and should all work together to help dads become better parents and raise the profile of fatherhood. Anti-male blog-posts such as the one written by Louise Pennington create a wedge between the genders.

My Dad and Roy Kinnear: When Anoraks Collide

Catherine Lawson | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Lawson

A man came over to the bench and sighed deeply as he sat down next to us. Dad nudged me."He's wearing my anorak." Sure enough, he was wearing the same anorak as Dad, albeit a slightly less battered version. He nudged the man: "Nice anorak," he said. The man looked up and it was Roy Kinnear.

One Million Children in the UK are Denied the Right of a Father - Are we Going to Question, Why?

Shohana Khan | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Shohana Khan

One million children going without an adequate education would be unacceptable and a cause for considerable public anger to be directed towards the Government... But one million fathers are absent from the lives of their children. The presence and influence of a father is of far greater importance than a school teacher.

Fathers4Justice Member In Court Over Queen Portrait Attack

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.06.2013 | UK

A Fathers4Justice campaigner has appeared in court accused of defacing a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey. Tim Haries, 41, from Doncaster...

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.

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

At my children's own, otherwise wonderful school, Mothers Day means card-making and an annual gift giving rally, where each child can stow away a beautifully wrapped gift. Come Fathers day, what happens? Nothing. Apparently, the reason for this is that someone at the school decided it was unfair to the children without fathers.

WATCH: The Worst Movie Dads Ever

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Comedy

Look what's arrived just in time for Father's Day! That's right: a reminder from Flavorwire that, even if your dad can be a bit irritating at times...

One Million Children Grow Up Without Fathers

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle

According to a new report into family breakdown, at least one million children are growing up without a father. A study by The Centre for Social J...

Buying a Father's Day Card for Your Stepfather

John L. Adams | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

I often wonder who writes such gushing father's day tributes. They might be suitable for your natural father (although I frequently question this), but in my opinion you want something slightly more conservative for a stepfather.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Dave's Red Line

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Wednesday 15 May... 1) DAVE'S RED LINE Today, the Commons speaker John Bercow will make a decision on whether...

Fathers Must Change The Sexist World Of Parenting

John L. Adams | Posted 09.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
John L. Adams

The truth is that only us fathers can change the world of parenting and break down the ovarian Bastille I referred to. I'll go a step further and say that sometimes us men should do more to become active parents and make this happen.

They Screw You Up, Your Mum and Dad, But Only if You Let Them

Daniel Warner | Posted 03.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Daniel Warner

The funniest thing about today? My dad picked me up in an old transit van, full of newspaper, rubbish and dust from his working week and he said to me "You don't mind me picking you up in the van do you son? You must remember us always driving around like this when you were a boy?"

How Could They Kill Their Children?

Mandy Saligari | Posted 05.12.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Saligari

Thus here is some advice: if you have seen your husband or wife regularly behave in an emotionally volatile way that is loaded with depression or self pity maybe a bitter desire to punish, perhaps drug or alcohol fuelled, beware.