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Ten Signs You Are Going Out Out, Dad Style

Dan Flanagan | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Comedy
Dan Flanagan

Make sure you book, not only the morning but the next night, the day after and the previous three weeks off. This is the amount of time you will need to be nice to your dog as you will be sharing its house for at least the next 48 hours.

A Toddler's Category Five Meltdown On Board a Plane...Before Takeoff...After Peppa Pig

Andrew Robinson | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

We woke her. She appeared to be in a state of shock -- didn't have a clue what was happening, "Am I dreaming"? "Is it dinner time", were probable thoughts ringing around her head. No. It's taxi time.

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%.

Shall I Join the 1%?

Robin Sherwood | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Parents
Robin Sherwood

Having a full blown row with your partner in front of your baby is reprehensible but sadly sometimes inevitable. And in the heat of a particularly vir...

Where the Wild Kids Are: Growing Plants... and People

Devi Clark | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Parents
Devi Clark

Crispin Swayne, has one of those faces that lets you know he spend a lot of time outside. Tanned, weather-beaten and full of energy, he leans forward with a broad smile.

Eight Whole Weeks Since Three Became Four

John Hibbs | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

We arrived at the hospital to a deserted car park as a contraction struck whilst I sprang out of the car and gathered the necessary kit. Between the car door and the ward entrance, four more contractions came so if you are versed in this malarky, you'll know things were definitely moving.

I'm A Dad, Not A Babysitter

Eddie Lewis | Posted 09.05.2016 | UK Parents
Eddie Lewis

Seriously, how in the name of all that is holy does a father babysit their own child!? I bet no one has ever walked up to my wife and gone 'Eddie at work? Are you babysitting all day?'.

Sanctuary of the Shower

Mark Bryce | Posted 27.04.2016 | UK Parents
Mark Bryce

I found myself being backed into a corner, or more accurately a cubicle, and it wasn't long before the sanctuary of the shower was all that remained.

Unshared Parent Leave

Sophia Walker | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Sophia Walker

A lot can happen in nine months, but even more can happen in a year. That's why the decision to take a whole year out to bring up baby was a no-brainer for me. When I heard today that only one in a hundred men have taken up paternity leave, I can't say it shocked me.

Forget Routine - A Daddy-Daughter Day With No Rules is the Best Routine in the World

Andrew Robinson | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

We just mucked about all day with no rules to rein us in. We had no clock to worry about, or no structure to adhere to. We just simply went with the flow. An easy-going day full of fun, bonding and an astronomical amount of laughter.

Pondering the 'Before'

John Hibbs | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

There are days of mania and whirlwinds in the house where a two-year-old lives when you don't know how it was possibly 5.59am the last time you caught a glimpse of your watch and then there are days when silence descends upon that very same house and you wonder what on earth you spent your time doing when there was no little person around filling your every minute.

'Unidentified Item in the Bagging Area' - Shopping With a Toddler

Nick King | Posted 21.03.2016 | UK Parents
Nick King

The checkouts are busy. No, they are overwhelmed. So despite having a full trolly we go for the self service check outs. In the style of a Hannah Barberra cartoon, where a mini devil sits on one of the character's shoulders while a mini angel sits on the other, voices debate in my head as I make this choice.

When Daddy Gets Frightened By a Singing Bear During a Nap

Andrew Robinson | Posted 17.03.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

You are dazed. You are still half asleep but are a little unsure about the situation. Did I just hear something? Is someone home? Is baby waking up? Is it a ghost or poltergeist playing havoc with me? No, mate. A bear just started singing a song for you.

The Weaning Of Life

Neil Ransome | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Parents
Neil Ransome

After eight hours in the hospital jettisoned into the outside world, newborn in one hand, exhausted and stitched up fiancé in the other. The only other thing missing was an instruction manual.

Why Birth Preparation Is for Dads Too

Deborah Pryn | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK Parents
Deborah Pryn

There was a loud sigh, the sound of snoring and then a sudden jolt as he jumped, waking himself and his wife up. Yes, the other evening it was another dad who fell asleep first during the relaxation session at the end of one of our Wise Hippo hypnobirthing classes. And you know what? It's so often the way!

A Night in the Life of a Daddy... Living With a Baby...a Wife... a Cat... Inside a 1-Bedroom House... With No Doors

Andrew Robinson | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

After an unknown amount of time trying to get baby ready for bed, you wait patiently for the milk to cool down a little - this appears to take hours as baby is messing about, running you ragged.

First Time Busy Mums Guide to a Baby: Week Four

Olga Levancuka | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

Arrange for your partner, husband or a reliable friend to look after your child for just an hour approximately. Feed your child, change their nappy and head out of the door to the nearest coffee shop. Enjoy a hot drink of your choice in peace.

Taking Your Children Swimming Should Be an Olympic Sport

Andrew Robinson | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

When mummy tells you we are taking baby and niece swimming, a sudden sense of worry...no hang on a minute, a sense of, "I don't even like swimming; I'm afraid of my head being submerged under a pool of urine infested water", follows.

Attachment Parenting: Do We Really Need this Label?

Amanda Jenner | Posted 03.02.2016 | UK Parents
Amanda Jenner

Parenting labels can make those who don't follow such an approach feel inferior or worry that they're a terrible parent. They can also make those who do follow such approach feel guilty when perhaps they just want a break from it or to steer off course slightly.

Forget My Emails, I Need to Cherish My Daughter's Pre-school Years

Andrew Robinson | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

We are all guilty of it. All shamefaced at the occasional aimless phone surfing, but when it gets to the point when you are looking at your phone whilst brushing your own teeth, you need to have a think about your life. Switch it off. Shift your brain from the outside world and bring it in to your world for a minute. And your family's.

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.

Practical Advice and Encouragement for New Parents

Olga Levancuka | Posted 20.01.2016 | UK Parents
Olga Levancuka

While it is natural for your darling or even yourself to be constantly obsessed with the baby, you want to spend some time together in a 'baby free' zone. When you do things you used to do together, just without talking about babies.

Daddy and Baby Attend a Baby Group... Without Mummy

Andrew Robinson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

Baby's bag was packed; baby was dressed and fed. A slow drive down to the church hall venue followed. My heart pumping vigorously. 'Will my car break down and get me out of trouble here'? Nope. 'I am on my own here, no-one else can save me now'.

Mindful Walking With Your Toddler

Andrew Robinson | Posted 08.01.2016 | UK Parents
Andrew Robinson

If I was walking to the shop on my own to buy some milk, I would have also been on an automatic, robot-mode walking at an incredibly fast pace with one thought and one thought only: to purchase the milk and walk back in an equally fast pace, without a care for anything or anyone at all. Milk would have been the only care.