Fatherhood

Here you will find blog posts focused on issues that affect fathers and men. There may also be blog posts relating to gender equality, men’s rights and how it affects all of us; men, dads, women, mums and families.

Equal Lives: Men, women, caring responsibilities and the workplace

Trying to balance caring responsibilities with employment is never easy. Going back several years, I had a part time job that I left when my eldest daughter started school. I tried to make it work for several months but my stress levels became worryingly high, despite my employer being very understanding.

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Men frequently have caring responsibilities, not simply for children but for adults as well.

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Midlife crisis? What midlife crisis?

I’ve been thinking a lot about ageing recently. I’ve had reason to. Earlier this year my father-in-law passed away and such events always concentrate the mind. Added to this, my brothers have both had children and talk at home is frequently about secondary school applications, something we’ll be doing for Helen next year. These are all signs life is moving on at a rapid pace and I’ve had to face the fact that I have reached middle age.

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The midlife crisis. Should we really talk about a crisis when it’s simply a re-evaluation of priorities?

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An unlikely route to better work/ life balance: Artificial foliage

Next time you are in a hotel or restaurant and admiring the artificial foliage, keep in mind that it may have been supplied by Mark Gurtler’s company, Greenbrokers. This former management consultant remembers his father working long hours away from the family home and didn’t want this lifestyle.

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Mark Gurtler, founder of Greenbrokers, with his two daughters.

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The Dadindex Report: How dads spend their money and time

I have long been curious about the amount of purchasing power that dads have. How much do they spend on their kids and how much influence do they have on consumer purchases within the home? Conventional wisdom would suggest a dad’s influence was quite low but a new report called the Dadindex suggests otherwise.

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One of the key findings in the Dadindex: Dads spend £6,000 a year on activities with their children. This begs the question as to whether the marketing world recognises the strength of the Dad Pound?

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Dads Don’t Babysit, Towards Equal parenting: A good read?

Every now and again, someone produces a book about fatherhood and parenting that genuinely gets me excited. Dads Don’t Babysit Towards Equal parenting, the work of writing duo and fathers David Freed and James Millar is one such title.

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Dads Don’t Babysit Towards Equal Parenting. Was I right to feel excited about this title?

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