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Fatherhood - The Emerging Political Battleground

Han-Son Lee | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Politics
Han-Son Lee

While it should be commended that the major political parties are at least acknowledging the role of fathers in the modern age, we need to be careful of delivering soundbites with little real change, and instead focus on the policies and conversations with employers that drive much more real equity in a balanced parenting world.

In Order To Overcome Postnatal Depression You Must First Recognise It

Sarah Rose Gregory | Posted 11.05.2017 | UK Parents
Sarah Rose Gregory

The people around me knew there was a difference but couldn't quite put their finger on it I had a baby, right? Sleep deprivation has a lot to answer for.

What Happens Before 7am? The Secret Life Of Parents

Celine Bell | Posted 17.04.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Let me tell you. It isn't good. Nothing good happens before 7am (similar to my rule of parties in my twenties - nothing good happens after 2am. Go home at 2am. If I'm up at 2am now it is for very different reasons. Rarely featuring tequila.)

Dads Are Asking For Help, And We Need To Listen

Maddy Matthews | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Parents
Maddy Matthews

There's been a discussion in the media recently about men who develop depression after the birth of their child. The crux of the debate is whether or not this can be called "postnatal depression".

Why Our 'Presence' Needs A Re-Think

Han-Son Lee | Posted 04.04.2017 | UK Parents
Han-Son Lee

A father's role is no longer in the shadows or confined to certain duties, but being 'present' shouldn't mean just being there physically with your child. In an age of digital distraction how can we ensure we're developing the right kind of 'presence' for our children?

Five Meals Your Husband Will Love Cooking (And Eating) With The Kids This Mother's Day

Amaka Benson | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Parents
Amaka Benson

It's Mother's Day this weekend, which usually means one thing. Dad is In Charge. Millions of dads across the country will be breaking into a light sweat at the thought of 8 hours entertaining and arguing over snacks and meal times.

Teaching Dads

Thomas Lynch | Posted 16.03.2017 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Love was the glue that held me and my family together. I loved my dad, and I'm sure he loved me. We'd never actually say the words to each other (well I did when I knew he didn't have much longer to live), but I felt loved and held by him and my mum.

Reflections On International Women's Day

John Hibbs | Posted 08.03.2017 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

all women everywhere It's incredible to consider by 2016, that less than half of the countries in the world had achieved gender parity for girls in primary and secondary education. Staggeringly, only 29% of the world's researchers are women - under represented in fields of science and technology - the world's growing industries and arguably our future

Learning To Let Go And Let Dad Shine!

Kylie Abreu | Posted 17.02.2017 | UK Parents
Kylie Abreu

As I continue to recover from my recent surgery, I have realised in the last week how important my partner's role is for our son's development. Of course, I have always known that my son needs his daddy but when your partner works offshore and you are the one running the household, often alone raising your child it is easy to forget

I Thought I Had It Nailed

John Hibbs | Posted 15.02.2017 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

I thought I had it nailed but it turns out adding another human to the mix of daddy day care brings new challenges. Where I once had dinner time sorted and meals ready for us all to eat together; I now have one demanding some time to play and another pawing at the child gate that keeps them out and me in the kitchen.

Where Do You Go To Get Great Parenting Advice?

Katie Woodland | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

They can both be super helpful when you need a quick fix of information to deal with a situation in the here and now, but using these to radically transform the way your family is interacting...

When You Just Can't Cope With Your Child Anymore...

Katie Woodland | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

The second thing you need to do is to stop listening to everyone else telling you that you did this, that, or the other thing wrong. You can't change the past (well unless you have a time machine and if you do then I'd love you to give me a call there's a few things I'd like to erase).

Help, My Son Is Quoting Donald Trump!

Richard Shorter | Posted 19.01.2017 | UK Parents
Richard Shorter

"Build the wall" is a phrase that regularly rings out from my son - often in response to handling conflict with his siblings! "Son, please try and get on with your sisters", "No, I'm going to build a wall between us, just like Trump!" is typical of his flippant responses.

Parenting - Who Said It Was Easy?

Katie Woodland | Posted 18.01.2017 | UK Parents
Katie Woodland

In fact, give yourself a break, because not only are you trying to figure out what you want, you're also trying to figure out what another human being wants, when they don't even know themselves...

Parents, Is It Time To Stop Dieting?

Richard Shorter | Posted 11.01.2017 | UK Parents
Richard Shorter

This is not going to be a popular sentence but here goes: When it comes to eating, our children are very likely to follow our habits and that includes becoming overweight and joining us on the dieting merry-go-round.

The Most Important Life Lesson My Dad Taught Me

Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

So if you've entered 2017 piled with worry about whether you're doing the right thing, right now, in your life. Please... don't. Live for the moment, focus on what makes you happy, and the rest will come along soon enough. And if for whatever reason none of us wake up tomorrow, at least we can say we enjoyed the ride.

Seven Tips To Help Your Baby Beat The Winter Chill

Oli Reed | Posted 15.12.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

Obviously the dark nights and cold weather bring their own challenges in terms of preparing to head out with a baby, and the clothing you use has a huge impact on their enjoyment of each trip, but I've been amazingly impressed with how well our 8-month-old lad has adapted to the changing seasons.

Finally, Dad's Baby Change Facilities Get The Spotlight!

Al Ferguson | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Parents
Al Ferguson

Last year, my son and I went undercover in the restaurants and cafes of our hometown, to find out what baby change facilities there were available to me, as a dad. I was horrified to find that 4 major companies failed to provide me with a safe & clean place to change my baby's nappy.

Getting Hip To The (Dad) Game. UK Says No To 'Papa'.

Dan Flanagan | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Parents
Dan Flanagan

To start 'claiming back' words just to mark yourself out as different, or fashionable strikes me as ridiculous. Being a dad isn't about being fashionable. Dapper yes, fashionable, no. Being a good dad has never been out of fashion.

Boob To Bottle... The Challenge

John Hibbs | Posted 06.12.2016 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

For the first 6 months or so I was pretty much redundant when it came to feeding Littlest View From a Daddy. With Mrs VFAD nursing our newest addition, it meant that I needed to take on other key roles that are essential when a little human arrives in the house: changing nappies, getting the washing sorted, taking charge of the family meals etc.

The Kid Conundrum

Simon Wan | Posted 30.11.2016 | UK Comedy
Simon Wan

bmm banner.jpg 'You'd be a great Dad!' I get told this often. Yes, I can mess around and play the fool. I'm down with video games and I know what pop star is popping another. I'm guessing that there's a little bit more to actually being a great Dad.

Let's Start A New Debate About Fathers

Shane Ryan | Posted 29.11.2016 | UK Parents
Shane Ryan

bmm banner.jpg It is logical that developing pathways of support for this young man and thousands like him could change the life chances for both father and child. In turn, that would bring cost benefits to service providers like local authorities, as well as creating a positive social value in breaking the negative cycles we have seen for so many years.

Bonding, Baby And Belligerance

Pete Wallroth | Posted 28.11.2016 | UK Parents
Pete Wallroth

bmm banner.jpg I felt like a crap dad because Martha was missing out on playtime with me, drawing, building daft things out of bricks etc. I tried to fit it in around his naps but even then my attention turned to Mair, going up and checking in on her.

Get Outside: Beat The Winter Blues

Oli Reed | Posted 25.11.2016 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

Of course it isn't always easy to find the motivation, and sometimes I feel guilty dragging Sonny away from the warmth of the house and the comfort of his bouncy chair, but this little dude absolutely loves being outside and I can't deny him that pleasure just because it's got a bit chillier and I'm feeling lazy.

Shopping for Our Baby's Pram Gave Me Kittens

Darryl Smith | Posted 17.11.2016 | UK Parents
Darryl Smith

Our conversations at the dinner table have certainly taken a turn for the strange since my wife fell pregnant. "I wish I'd gone around licking cats' bums before we conceived," she said in earnest the other day. We were talking toxoplasmosis, a rare parasitic disease that pregnant women can transmit to their unborn babies with dire consequences.