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Men Talk Health, Weak?

Dan Flanagan | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Parents
Dan Flanagan

The concept of 'manning up' and 'not being a pussy' are so far ingrained in us that the mere idea of discussing that you know what, we might not be coping, is as alien as admitting we don't know the offside rule.

The Dad Body: An Owner's Guide

Christopher McGuire | Posted 09.10.2017 | UK Parents
Christopher McGuire

Yet, as the euphoria fades and the reality of day to day life with children settles, it's likely that you've had some concerns about your body. Perhaps you've noticed that it's changed a little of late? Maybe you're not the athlete you once were? Have you discovered hair in places you never dreamed of?

Godzilla Attacks And Other Stay 'N' Play Lessons

Christopher McGuire | Posted 05.10.2017 | UK Parents
Christopher McGuire

I'd been watching, with growing horror, as one little boy - at least 6 months older than Sam - wreaked havoc in the vicinity. This child, who seemed to be part human, part concrete - seriously he was built like the proverbial brick lavatory - was roaming among the (much smaller) other kids with a gleefully sadistic look on his face.

More Than Words

Thomas Lynch | Posted 20.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Thomas Lynch

Mental health has been part of my life since I was a teenager as my dad suffered with depression. At his lowest point he had suicidal thoughts. Luckily he recovered.

Celebrating The Demise Of The Stay-At-Home Dad? Don't. It's Way Too Soon For That

John L. Adams | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

The Office of National Statistics has just published new data about the state of the UK. Lo and behold, this has led to excitable headlines about a fall in the number of stay at home dads in Britain.

Parenting: Are You A Sweary Mary Or A Mild Martha?

Celine Bell | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

I had some lovely feedback from my mum on one of my first published pieces. "It's terribly good darling, but isn't it a bit... well... sweary?!" Well, yes it is. And it seems I'm in excellent company as research shows that women are more likely to drop the F-bomb than men.

How To Be A Control-Freak, And Have Kids

Celine Bell | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

If you are a control freak, don't have kids. If you have perfectionist tendencies, keep the condoms on the bedside table. If you've Marie Kondo-ed your knicker drawer and, like Beckham, line up the cans in your cupboards so it all looks perfect, then for goodness sake don't allow sticky-fingered monsters into your life.

Dads At Delivery

Marie-Louise Hurworth | Posted 05.09.2017 | UK Parents
Marie-Louise Hurworth

If you are expecting your first baby I'm sure you're nervous, excited, but not quite sure what to expect or what is expected of you. I've been in midwifery for almost a decade and here's a few quick tips. I hope they help.

Nine Ways To Boss The Bank Holiday Now You're A Parent

Celine Bell | Posted 25.08.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

In the olden days, I'd be so excited about the prospect of an extra day out of the office. It would inevitably be spent in a pub, or if the sun came out, in a pub garden. I'd sleep, drink, party and repeat. Then along came the kids and a huge overdraft from two maternity leaves.

Why Is It So Hard To Label A Girl's Genitals?

Celine Bell | Posted 30.07.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

So many words exist, but some are sexual, crude, rude or gross. They had this problem in Sweden, so they coined a new word for it. In 2000 they came up with snippa as a female equivalent to snopp and it entered the dictionary six years later.

Happy Holidads

Tom Price | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

It's that time of the year where we like to get away from it all and go on a summer holiday. The trouble is, it's frowned upon if your children don't go with you. So, technically, it's that time of the year where we like to get away from (some of) it all.

Dad Anger Management

Tom Price | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Parents
Tom Price

Children have no respect for cushions. What used to be soft, clean and plump are now shiny, sticky magnets of dust. Balls of filth that now spend less that 10% of their lives on the sofa. Much like me, to be honest.

Before I Was Somebody's Father I Was Somebody's Son

Dan Flanagan | Posted 12.06.2017 | UK Parents
Dan Flanagan

The date is traditionally one where us dads are inundated with tacky socks, t-shirts and mugs proclaiming that we are 'The Greatest' one ever. While the rest of the year we are dismissively patronised as 'Babysitters' if we dare venture out with the kids by ourselves...

When Does A Baby Become A Toddler?

Oli Reed | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Parents
Oli Reed

I've looked up a few definitions of what a toddler is on Google today. Some people suggest it's when they turn one, another website suggested between 2-3 years old, a very common opinion is when they start walking unaided, and my favourite suggestion so far is that your kid only becomes a fully fledged toddler once they start stealing your car keys.

Parenting: What My Friends Without Kids Have Taught Me

Celine Bell | Posted 04.06.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

They've been your friends forever. Don't write them off because they are the link to your past, to dancing on tables, to uni finals, to first loves and inappropriate crushes. Sure, you'll dance on tables with your new mum mates (at some point).

Raising A Kid? Don't Sweat The Small Stuff

Celine Bell | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Celine Bell

Ok, so some of this might not feel like small stuff, but I promise you it is. If little Jemima finds your secret stash of Jaffa Cakes and eats them all, aged 14 months, it doesn't condemn her to a life of obesity. If all the other newborns from your NCT class sleep in their cots from day one, and yours doesn't, it doesn't mean they'll still be sleeping in your bed aged 19.

I'm Incredibly Proud Of My Wife's Mumbod

Stephen Skinner | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Parents
Stephen Skinner

mum bod I for one have become more attracted to my wife because of the connection we have made throughout the process and am incredibly proud of what her body endured and continues to endure on her motherhood journey. I'm also pretty happy for my wife to exchange the gift of life for a few extra wobbles here and there - but to be honest I don't even notice them.

What Makes Us Swim Happy

John Hibbs | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Parents
John Hibbs

But above all of this, the swim happy for us all comes from being active and staying fit. Swim happy means getting out of the house and away from screen time to face challenges like jumping into a pool for the first time or treading water away from the reassurance of the pool side - it means being brave and being strong both physically and spiritually.

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.