Fathers

Dear Dad

Wendy Boother | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Wendy Boother

My Dad was there for me at a time when some people pushed me away because of my mental health. I have seen people blank me, avoid talking to me, cross the road to make it clear they will not acknowledge me, when all I wanted to do was say hello, not take up their time.

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.

Father's Day Without a Dad

Julia Bryson | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Julia Bryson

The rows of cards all about Dads made him smile and reminded him of Roger, but when I said to him why they were all there he fell silent and look tearful. 'What are we going to do if we haven't got a dad?' he asked me. 'I don't know love' is all I could say, wondering what on earth we would do when the day came around.

Fathers in Modern Britain: Thriving or Surviving?

Dave Dranfield | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Dave Dranfield

Financially we're okay from one month to the next. Except there's a list of things that need doing to the house as long as your arm. One by one we'll sort them out. When we do however, two more things appear on the list. Then there are the unexpected big expenses - for example three weeks before Christmas when the fridge freezer broke.

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.

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%.

'The Beautiful Show' - Fathers for Gender Equality in Kosovo

Nikki van der Gaag | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Nikki van der Gaag

As Monday's session draws to a close, I speak to some of the young people about what it has meant to them to be part of the Being a Man club, and what they have learned. 'Be a real man, just smile... and no violence,' Benjamin tells me, in English, with a grin. And Gent says: "Being a man is not about having a moustache or big muscles but about having a smart brain and being able to love and support your family.'

16 Father's Day Gifts He'll Adore

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Father's Day is fast approaching and if you've not yet bought a gift to say "nice one, dad" then it's time to get a wiggle on. This year, Father's Day...

Sadness. Relief. Guilt. Repeat. Losing My Father

Nick King | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Nick King

We saw my Dad every day. He came to dinner with us each Sunday. If we were away we phoned daily. He spent Christmas with us. Came to birthday teas. Attended school plays. He engaged with our family. Laughed at the children's antics. Enjoyed our successes, commiserated when we failed.

Dads Urged to Get More Involved in Their Children's Story Time to Give Boys a Boost

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
Jonathan Douglas

For many families story time is a highlight of the day. Sitting together for as little as ten minutes to read books and sing nursery rhymes is enjoyable for parents and is crucial for developing children's literacy skills.

Dads: Where Are We Now?

Adam Baron | Posted 26.02.2016 | UK Parents
Adam Baron

My role is different. As a writer my working life is flexible. And boy does it need to be because my wife works too. Like an increasing number of British fathers I only bring home part of the bacon, the rest of the time spent cooking, cleaning, picking up or dropping off.

Mother's Day - a Dad's Survival Guide

Lisa Roberts | Posted 23.02.2016 | UK Parents
Lisa Roberts

For all those Dads out there facing their first Mother's Day, it can be confusing trying to navigate through the unchartered waters of fatherhood so we here at Babyblooms have put together some top tips to make sure you avoid the pitfalls and earn the maximum amount of kudos.

Parental Alienation: Coercive Control or Children's Choices?

Karen Woodall | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK Parents
Karen Woodall

Parental alienation harms children, it is coercive control of a child by a mother or father determined to use them to further their own emotional aims and objectives after family separation.

This Dad's Snapchat Game Couldn't Be Any Cuter

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Parents

This dad has *amazing* Snapchat skills. Tumblr blogger SNAPDAD chronicles his newborn through impressively styled snaps, and has gained thousands o...

Deaf Husband Finds Out His Wife Is Pregnant In Heartwarming Video

The Huffington Post UK | Rosy Cherrington | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Parents

Get ready to feel all the feels, as this YouTube video might make you cry (in a good way). Racking up almost a million views in just four days, the...

Radical Acts of Equality

Karen Woodall | Posted 27.12.2015 | UK
Karen Woodall

I observed a young Asian man, no more than about eighteen, arrive with a tiny baby. The baby was crying loudly and clearly needed feeding and as I watched the young man struggling with the bib and the bottle, I became suddenly aware of an absolute air of tension in the cafe.

Why World Prematurity Day Matters

Leigh Kendall | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Parents
Leigh Kendall

You have just given birth to your precious baby, far too early. Your baby's birth is likely to have happened suddenly: your pregnancy, that precious time spent with your baby inside you, kicking away, ripped away.

Forced Goodbye

Fila Magnus | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Fila Magnus

Being a family that barely ever celebrates birthdays, you've been known to give the worst of gifts - from mugs to absolutely nothing, but this time, daddy, just 8 days before, you forced me to bury you into the ground, and say goodbye - for forever.

We Need to Make Awareness of PTSD at the Birth for Women and Men

Mark Williams | Posted 02.10.2015 | UK Parents
Mark Williams

My first ever panic attack was at the birth of my son and had never experienced this before in my life. I honestly felt that my wife who I love dearly and my unborn son were going to die. Even many years on I still feel the anxiety I suffered during the twenty two hours labour my wife experienced.

Dad Creates Parody Of McDonald's Advert That Gives 'Wrong Message' To Kids

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.08.2015 | UK Parents

When Lee Miles saw McDonald's latest advert, he didn't think it was sending a healthy message to children. So the father-of-two created his own ver...

Dads Watch Footage Of Their Daughters Being Catcalled

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 19.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Most parents will go above and beyond the call of duty to protect their children, but there are some things in life they just called control. Like,...

Domestic Violence Poster Targeting Fathers Branded 'Ignorant' And 'Wrong'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 07.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A domestic violence poster that targets fathers has been branded as "offensive to men", "ignorant" and "wrong". The poster, which cropped up around...

'Freddy the Frog', the 'Famous Five' and Why 'Why' May Be One of the Most Important Questions of All

Ian Preston | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Parents
Ian Preston

To get our children ready to read, we need all parents to be reading to their children 10 minutes a day. It sounds simple, but a nursery manager I spoke to recently told me how many of her parents just don't realise what a difference this could make. For boys, there's compelling evidence that dads reading to them has an even stronger effect.

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.

Father-Son Photo Series Spanning 20 Years Is Fascinating - Wait For The Last Image

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A heartwarming photo series spanning 27 years has beautifully captured the strong bond between a father and his son. Watch as the tiny baby boy wi...