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.

Making childcare appeal to men

I’m a bit slow off the mark to comment on this subject, but I am wondering if the Government’s proposals for childcare might include a little nugget that we should applaud. Before I launch into this subject, let me make clear that I’m against plans to increase childcare ratios.

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Dad’s place? In the delivery room!

You’re about to be a dad? Congratulations, life is about to change in many ways.

You’re probably wondering what to expect in the delivery room. I could also take a very good guess that you’re nervous, anxious and quite possibly terrified.

What I’ve written here is based solely on my personal experiences in the delivery room. I’m sure a midwife could impart all manner of great advice, but this is what I have seen and dealt with on the two occasions I’ve seen my wife give birth.

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Transcript: Twitter Q&A with Gov Minister Jo Swinson

In case you missed it, I took part in a live twitter interview with Employment relations Minister Jo Swinson.

The Q&A, which was held on 5 February, coincided with the publication of the Children and Families Bill. Amongst other things the Bill includes:

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Twitter Q&A with Government Minister Jo Swinson

I’m delighted to reveal that I will be taking part in a twitter Q&A with Employment Relations Minister Jo Swinson.

The subject of the Q&A will be shared parental leave and this event will take place on Tuesday, 5 February at 2.30pm. To follow the Q&A, follow the hashtag #parents and the twitter accounts @bisgovuk and @dadbloguk.

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Dad’s money is as good as mum’s

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reveal there are more stay at home fathers in the UK since records began in 1993. The ONS believes 10% of fathers are in this position. That equates to 227,000 men and represents a rise of 19,000 in just one year.

Put another way, this healthy trend means there are almost quarter of a million fathers that have primary responsibility for buying nappies, shampoos, toys, childcare services and so on. All too often, however, these goods and services are marketed at women.

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