Stay at Home Dads

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?

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.

More Dads WANT To Be The Stay At Home Parent

Han-Son Lee | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Parents
Han-Son Lee

From a personal point of view, I can attest to that feeling, but powering this new dad energy is about more than just bad memories. Those memories alone don't sustain efforts. When I think about Millennial dads, what's behind the change in the main is about the changing virtues and values of us as men.

Lessons From Thai Women - Feminine AND Strong

Jenny Garrett | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jenny Garrett

My journey began with a flight from London to Doha, Doha to Bangkok and finally Bangkok to Chiang Mai. The pilot (or captain) of this third flight was a woman; I was equally surprised and delighted when I heard her dulcet tones welcome us over the speaker system. Women in Thailand were not limited to being cabin crew, they could fly planes too!

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.

We Need To Think Differently About Stay At Home Dads

Han-Son Lee | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Parents
Han-Son Lee

Well, actually everyday is daddy's day for Luke at daddynanydiaries, and there are now over 1.75m SAHDs across the US. That number has doubled in the last 10 years, and it's clear that there are going to be a lot more constant daddy days for more and more fathers. We should be celebrating this.

Stay At Home Parents Are Vulnerable When Relationships Crumble

Laurie Morrissey | Posted 19.04.2017 | UK Parents
Laurie Morrissey

Unfortunately, I don't have a solution for this gentleman - his inevitable financial woes or his apparent heart ache. And I think that's really because his entire life-arrangement was built on a trust which was founded in love. And now that the love is gone, there can be no trust and so the arrangement is worth nothing. How can you legislate for love lost?

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

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.

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.

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 08.10.2017 | 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 05.09.2017 | 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 30.06.2017 | 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 17.05.2017 | 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 04.05.2017 | 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 26.04.2017 | 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 15.03.2017 | 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 19.02.2017 | 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 31.01.2017 | 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.