About John Adams and Dadbloguk
My name is John Adams and I’d like to thank you for visiting my blog. This blog tells the story of my family: My amazing wife Gill and equally amazing daughters Helen, aged eight and five-year-old Izzy. We are based in the South East of the United Kingdom, a few minutes by train from London.
We are not a typical family. Back in 2011 my wife and I made an unusual decision. We were both working full-time but wanted to give Helen and Izzy more attention. We decided that I should leave my well-paid Government communications job to run the household and look after the kids. My wife, meanwhile, would work full-time and fulfill the traditionally male, bread-winning role.
A year after making that decision, I launched Dadbloguk so I could tell the world what it was like to be a man who ‘holds the babies’. I’ve been blogging for five years now. What was supposed to be a hobby has grown into something much bigger! Being male and the main carer for my children has presented certain challenges. It’s provided a fascinating perspective on gender equality, a subject I often write about.
I regularly speak to the national print and broadcast media about parenting, fatherhood and lifestyle issues. I’ve also fed into Government policies and advised companies seeking to market products to mums and dads.
To this day I remain our kids’ main carer. Our family has, however, moved on as both children grow up. Both Helen and Izzy are now at school. I am regularly called a stay at home dad although these days I feel a little more comfortable referring to myself as a school run dad.
As a family, we enjoy spending time on outdoor pursuits. We love cycling, walking, tennis, camping and so on. When we’re not outside, Helen and Izzy love arts and crafts, films and both are exceedingly skilled at Minecraft, although I am doing my best top get them both interested in coding!
Interesting facts about me:
- I am a licensed fork lift truck driver
- I once roadied for an Alice Cooper tribute band
- I am, apparently, very distantly related to Napoleon Bonaparte.
Highlights from my blogging career include:
- Interviewing Steve Carell about the film Despicable Me 3 and chatting to him about fatherhood
- Travelling out to Australia not once, but twice to assist the Movember charity with an international project focused on men’s mental health
- Taking part in panel discussions focusing on gender equality issues at both the Women of the World and Being a Man festivals in London
- Interviewing the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg about flexible working and family life.
I’ve worked with many well-known brands including: Graco, Joie, IKEA, Robinson’s, Iceland Foods, Peugeot, Kia, M&S Bank, Shell and Epson. I have worked with companies in a variety of different ways. I have tested products, appeared in commercials, supported social media campaigns and so on.
- Winner: Best UK Dad Blog at the 2016 Vuelio Awards
- Finalist at the 2017 Vuelio Blog Awards in the Parenting category
- No1 on the 2017 Vuelio Top UK Daddy Blogger list (No3 in 2016, No8 on Vuelio’s 2016 Top 10 Parenting Blog list)
- Winner: Gold Blog, 2017 Surrey Digital Awards
- Working with Johnson’s Baby to produce a video diary, viewed more than 600,000 times on YouTube
- Top 10 dad blogger, according to the Tots100 community
- Appearances in the Times newspaper plus live interviews with BBC Breakfast, Channel 4 television news and the Victoria Derbyshire Programme
- Finalist in both the 2016 and 2015 Brilliance in Blogging Awards.
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Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy the blog.