Stay at Home Dads

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

Simon Ragoonanan | Posted 09.02.2015 | 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 09.02.2015 | 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.

Is Prince William What A Feminist Looks Like?

Laura Potts | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Potts

There is a hope, be it ever so slim, that William could do something that would make women the world over - even women like me - hail him as the best thing to happen to Britain since Boudicca. Grab the burp cloth and pick out your preferred get-baby-to-sleep manual, Lt. Wales, it's time to become a house husband.

Cameron And Osborne 'Betraying Traditional Families'

PA | Posted 11.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron and George Osborne have been accused of "leading a charge" against the traditional family in an attack by the leader of the UK Independe...

Facing the Facts About Fathers and Childcare

Gideon Burrows | Posted 23.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Gideon Burrows

UK government policy on parental leave, for example, has been set according to a generalised assumption that men want to take more time off, and work more flexibly, to be with their children. Yet the simple, statistic-backed facts support the opposite conclusion: men aren't yet using even close to the wiggle room they already have.

Bigger Picture, Perennial Wisdom?

Adrian Millar | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

How did I ever get into this, I think? How did I ever let my life slide so far? I could have been a political science lecturer, a Japanese language interpreter, a writer who inspired millions, but here I am sorting out arguments between two teenagers. Where did it all go wrong?

I Want One Of Those - A Stay-At-Home Dad

Adrian Millar | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

My wife has left me. Ok, you could say I drove her to it. My children would. So too would her friends. And there's a lot of truth in that. It started about six weeks ago.

How To Be a Real Man

Neil Boorman | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Boorman

I'll let you into a little secret. I pretend to be someone I'm not all day every day, but it's a bigger act than faux diligence at work. I pretend to be a man. No, its not a transgender issue. I mean being a man in the traditional day-seizing, lady-killing, shelf-putter-uppering sense of the word. I'm not bad at pretending, and for the most part, people seem to believe me.

It's Dads' Duty to Read

Andrew Watson | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Watson

One of the best ways to foster creativity in children is to read to them or, better yet, to make up stories with them, and fathers in particular have an important role to play in this: it's long been recognised that the more a dad reads to his children, the greater their verbal intelligence, academic success and emotional wellbeing.

I Felt Like I Was Wasting My Life on My Children

Adrian Millar | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

How did I walk out of my job as lecturer in Japanese to bring up one, then two, then three children, I think? How did I put up with the dirty nappies, the night feeds, the parking two children in the play-pen so as to get to the toilet - the blizzard years?

Parents Don't Change The World - They Help Create It

Adrian Millar | Posted 30.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

"Clap, girls, clap!" I say to her sisters, knowing that a repeat performance is more likely tomorrow if they feign interest. They give her a rousing send-off and disappear back to Drake and Josh on the television.

Tips to Fit Training In Around Family Life

Neil Sinclair | Posted 28.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

I recognised that I needed to get creative about how I could fit training in around my family commitments (which I have a lot of as a stay at home dad). It's wasn't always easy, but then nothing worth doing ever is. So dads, if you want to start, maintain or revisit a training routine, here are my tips...

Parenting - It Doesn't Happen Overnight

Adrian Millar | Posted 19.03.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Adrian Millar

A journalist phoned me the other day. ''I see from your blog that you've been a stay-at-home dad for the past 13 years. I wonder if you have any tips for men who are suffering from the economic downturn and are finding it hard being stuck at home all day with the kids.' "How long have you got?" I felt like saying.

My Baby Kicked My Ass

Patrick Wensink | Posted 21.10.2012 | UK
Patrick Wensink

I cut off mom's thumb. Or so the story goes. I was a toddler playing with scissors and she went to snatch them, but was caught in the line of fire....

Dads: Perception v Reality

Neil Sinclair | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

I've noticed something strange about the way society views us dads. By and large, where we appear in the news or on TV, we are seen as unreliable, feckless parents, or disinterested ones who are likely to abandon the family at a moment's notice. But that doesn't tally with my experience in any way.

Is it Really That Weird for Dads to Want to Be Involved in Raising Their Children?

Nick Johnstone | Posted 28.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Johnstone

Until the Other dad Who Collects and I got to know each other and formed an unofficial support group for dads Who Work Full Time Yet Also Pick Their Daughters Up From School (And Enjoy Doing So), we hovered awkwardly in isolation on the fringes of the playground.

Child's Play: Getting Used to Playgroups

Neil Sinclair | Posted 02.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Sinclair

At a recent NCT group meeting for new dads called 'Hit the Ground Crawling' I had the opportunity to ask these new parents about their most daunting e...