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...
When we speak of conflict, where things get nasty and personal, where it's not just words that are used as weapons but bodies and objects around, then we wreak havoc in the lives of our children.
Involvement of parents and family members has a more likelihood of bringing a better spouse with matching backgrounds in terms of family and upbringing - not just on external features. Morally upright young people would obviously look for morally upright life-partners and they would go the extra mile to find a reasonable match.
She told me that it was their usual habit to include a licensed bar at the 'family disco' and that she had not received any other negative feedback about it. Bottom line...I was wrong and had been put firmly in my place.
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.
The latest scientific research is now starting to indicate that if the baby is not properly seeded with the mother's own bacteria at birth, then the baby's microbiome, in the words of Rodney R Dietert, Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University, is left "incomplete". Consequently, that baby's immune system may never develop to its full potential, leaving that infant with an increased risk of developing one or more serious diseases later in life.
Do you ever find yourself sitting around the dinner table with your parents while they ask yet again if you have met anyone special? Or do they drop not so subtle comments about hoping to be a grandparent before they die?
I have spoken to women who wanted to nurse their babies but couldn't, or decided enough was enough after a few weeks. Many women have perfectly healthy infants and decided right at the start that breastfeeding just wasn't for them, and others are still feeding five-year-olds. I was lucky in that I decided to nurse and, with help, was able to.
As Kate and Wills' supernanny starts her first week on the job, I'm posting these tips for her in the likely knowledge that she already has things pretty much Shipshape and Bristol fashion round at Kensington Palace. After all, that's what the best nannies are for -- they organise not only the children, but the family into the bargain.
We shouldn't need breastfeeding champions to assert our rights as women. We shouldn't need to stage mass public breastfeeding events to assert our rights as mothers. We shouldn't need outpourings of support online to assert our rights to feed our children.
I had heard that women in their third trimester get emotional, only the other day I sprayed my face with too much fake tan and burst into tears (looking back THAT, was funny) but no one warned me of the gut wrenching, heart smashing 'end of an era' come down that I spent the weekend with.
Nothing gets people talking more than the subject of children and parenthood however, one angle really got my attention. Jenny Willott, the consumer affairs minister, said holidays 'should not be at the expense of a child's education,' going on to mention the possible negative impact of missing school.
"Screen time" is a term bandied around our house on a daily basis. "Is it screen time day daddy?" "Can we have screen time if we behave?" There's a lot of concern about the impact that screen time, and gaming in particular, is having on children today.
Many of my clients are traumatised by their previous experiences of birth and will not return to the NHS. Some of my clients have 'risk factors' that other midwives insurances would not allow them to provide care. Some of my clients would choose to birth alone if they could not have a midwife who was able to support them.
This weekend we mark the 103rd International Women's Day. It's an opportunity to celebrate women's social, economic and political achievements and, just as importantly, to highlight the barriers to full equality that still exist, more than a century on.
Ultimately we want to end the Parent Trap, or at least make holidays a little more affordable, so more families can spend valuable time off together. We will be continuing with our campaign and would urge people to support our petition.