Meet the dads who left employment to improve their work life balance

This is a public service announcement. I want to let you know about a new series I am about to launch on Dadbloguk  looking at work life balance.

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Expect a series of posts on Dadbloguk looking at dads who have left the workforce and set up on their own because they couldn’t balance work and family life.

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Representation of men, masculinity and fathers in the media.

Just the other day I was given the opportunity to try and answer an impossible question. The question was thus: Just how are men and masculinity represented in the media and how does this reinforce stereotypes or, indeed, reflect positively on men.

Being A Man festival, Southbank Centre, Mahtab Hussain, Clive Mason, Neil Stanhope, Chris Hemmings, Cliff Joannou

A deaf person’s advocate, gay magazine editor, Multicultural artist, business owner, blogger and author turn up in a ballroom to discuss the representation of masculinity in the media. Read on to see what happened. Pic credit: Ifan Llewelyn.

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When Helen recognised gender inequality for the first time

“It’s not fair daddy,” said Helen. “Only two girls got to join and the other 12 are boys.”

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Helen complains about gender inequality for the first time. Handling it has led me to question my approach to certain aspects of parenting.

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My experiences of the Early Years

As my kids get older, I am beginning to see first-hand just how important it is for a father to be heavily involved with his kids from the day they’re born. I feel like I have reached a point where I can look over my shoulder at my experiences of the Early Years system and think: “Yeah, it’s more important than I ever appreciated.”

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Helen and I do some painting shortly after her third birthday. We’ve moved on from these early years as a family.

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Great things ahead for the APPG on Fatherhood?

The LCD monitor on the wall read “Prayers are over. Lord Speaker on the wool sack.”

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David Lammy, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on fatherhood and I meet at an earlier gathering of the APPGF.

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