Stay at Home Dads

Your Child Will Be Fine, Whether You're A Stay-At-Home Or A Working Mum

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Parents

It is a parenting debate as old as ‘breast is best’, and it seems the working mum versus stay-at-home mum argument is rearing its head yet again; ...

What Do Dads Keep In Their Pockets (...And Bags)?

John L. Adams | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

The other day, after a long day of parenting, I set up my video camera and recorded myself as I emptied out my pockets and revealed to the world what junk was in them. I found a piece of broken tambourine, loose change and a hair band.

Two Hospitals, Two Kids And One Emotional Week

Thomas Lynch | Posted 04.11.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

My emotions have been all over the place in the last week. It all started with a bug, our eight year old son complained of a sore tummy. This turned into sickness and diarrhoea that felt endless! My wife at this time was nine months pregnant and our focus was on getting our son better before his new little brother came along.

When Your Child Cries Out For Daddy, Not Mummy

John L. Adams | Posted 03.11.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

There's a question I commonly face as a stay at home dad: who do your children cry out for if they are distressed? Is it mummy, who works full time, or daddy, who is the one that does most of the childcare?

Do Women Make Better Parents Than Men?

John L. Adams | Posted 07.10.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

In answer to the question, no women do not better parents than men. There are, of course, bad dads in the world and there are also bad mothers. I just don't think society gives men the opportunities to prove what great parents they can be. This is simply because the overwhelming responsibility for raising children almost always falls on women and this starts at birth.

A Stay-At-Home Dad Is Not A Kept Man

John L. Adams | Posted 28.10.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

I admit, I miss the income I once had. I would like to make a greater contribution to the household budget. This, however, is partly down to the age of our children. Our youngest daughter starts school next year and I see light at the end of the tunnel. Until that time, I am quite happy with how things are. My wife is free to concentrate on her career while I have taken on the main responsibility for looking after the children.

How These Stay-At-Home Parents Afforded To Give Up Their Day Jobs

The Huffington Post | Ellen Wallwork | Posted 15.07.2016 | UK Parents

For many considering becoming a stay-at-home parent, one worry that may prevent them from taking the plunge is money. Going down from two incomes to o...

A Father Looking After His Kids Isn't a Mother, He's a Parent.

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

By all means, lets celebrate and support fellow parents who are battling through tough times, but stop labelling dads who care for their kids as mothers. We're not. We're still dads, whatever we may post online to the contrary.

The Perceived Emasculation of Stay at Home Dads

John L. Adams | Posted 17.05.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

The parenting world, especially the early years environment, is very heavily biased towards mums. If you are male and going to enter that world and thrive, you have to be a thick skinned, confident individual. Far from being emasculated, you have to be tough and very sure of your masculinity.

Dads Don't Babysit (Apart From When We Do)

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 03.05.2016 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

Expectations for dads are so low, that fathers get plaudits for simply doing what mothers do as standard. I think we're rewarded for showing just a little engagement, because our role has become so emotionally removed from the nurturing aspect of parenting.

A New Baby - An Emotional Time

Thomas Lynch | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Thomas Lynch

Both me and my wife talked and talked about whether we would try again for another baby or accept that one beautiful boy was good enough for us. It was one of those conversations that went on forever and had different outcomes every time.

What Happens When You Quit Your Job and Take Kids Out of the Classroom and Down to the Beach to Learn?

Dan Flanagan | Posted 15.03.2016 | UK Parents
Dan Flanagan

The trip location, the beach. So here's the question, did I want to hangout with a load of 3 & 4 year old and go have a rampage on the seaside? Well not rampage as such but help take the school to the beach. I was right, where do I sign?

Six Ways of Making a Stay-At-Home Wife Happy

Jacqueline Koay | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jacqueline Koay

Six things to keep a SAHW/SAHH happy, valued and loved - personal experience from the two wonderful men in my life who makes me the happiest woman in the world...

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.

Sharing the Caring Puts Family First

S.D. Robertson | Posted 11.01.2016 | UK Parents
S.D. Robertson

I'm a big believer in fathers playing a more active role in their children's upbringing. I'm biased, of course, as that's my own experience. Not that my wife and I planned it. A happy accident would be a better explanation.

Being a Stay at Home Dad Has Changed My Marriage

John L. Adams | Posted 12.10.2016 | UK Parents
John L. Adams

I'm going to brave and tell you that, as a stay at home dad, I believe I have more responsibilities than a woman in my position. You see I've taken on the role of caregiver and homemaker, but a lot of my old responsibilities, the stereotypical ones you might expect of a man, still remain.

Quest to the Bottom of the Basket

Mark Bryce | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK Parents
Mark Bryce

On a recent quest to the bottom of the washing basket, I made a remarkable discovery. Not only could I carbon date my housework from within the mountain of clothes, but also my life.

Daddy Swans Can Raise Their Kids Too

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Parents
Simon Ragoonanan

I've been home with my daughter since she was six months old, but despite having a stay-at-home dad for most of her life, she still defaults to the assumption that the adult looking after their children must be the mother.

Dad Blogger John Adams' Mission for Stay-at-Home Fatherhood

David Ready | Posted 01.05.2016 | UK Parents
David Ready

From the moment the interview began, John showed a stubborn refusal to give in to the nuclear stereotype, that fathers and mothers have fixed roles. Here was a man whose desire is to represent fatherhood and give a voice to a minority of men who feel undervalued or let down by a stereotype of how families should function.

Is Labour's Paternity Leave Policy Progressive or a Poll Bribe?

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Simon Ragoonanan

While this Labour policy may seem progressive, reflecting the reality that many fathers want to be at home with their newborn too, I feel what it's really reinforcing is that after four weeks a man's place is still at work while a woman's is at home with the baby.

Why Stay-At-Home Dads Need Companionship and Not 'Fathers For Justice'

David Ready | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Ready

Dads often suffer a crisis of masculinity, particularly stay-at-home dads who rely on their partner as the breadwinner, finding themselves reluctant to ask for money from the partner, which goes against their natural instinct as a male, to be able to provide, to be self-sufficient and a role model to their child.

Feminist Dad

Mark Bryce | Posted 23.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Bryce

As a middle-aged man I never felt feminism had anything to do with me. It was the woman's battle for equality. Whilst I may have agreed with their ethos and end goals it was, and always would be their fight. It was only when listening to Emma Watson's amazing speech to the UN that I realised how wrong I was.

The Mum-Hub: An Exclusive Parental Social Club

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Ragoonanan

I have never seen any dads in the hub. Not even partners. The hub is usually a child-free zone too, a place of mothers in conversation while their children fend for themselves. This day there were lots of crying and distressed pre-school children who needed the attention of scattered lone parents, before their actual parent in the hub noticed.

Entrepreneur Barbie? We Need a Stay-at-Home Ken

Diana Verde Nieto | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Diana Verde Nieto

Admittedly, as part of the new launch Mattel has partnered existing businesswomen to give advice to those aspiring to follow in their footsteps, but this doesn't go far enough. Everyone trying to maintain some sort of work/life balance knows that professional performance is affected by how organised, settled, stable - and happy, we are able to be at home.

Father's Day: 10 Tips for Making Your Unsung Hero's Time Special and Memorable

Sigrid Daniel | Posted 09.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sigrid Daniel

Perhaps you have a stay-at-home Dad in your life, who looks after the childcare while you are work. These Dads might be even more challenging to get away from the DIY, the chores and the childcare. Whatever kind of father you have in your family life, you might find inspiration in these tips.