International Men’s Day 2018: A positive experience?

I can’t pretend otherwise, it took me a long time to come around to the idea of both International Women’s Day and International Men’s Day. I found them to be slightly vague concepts and at times the debates they have created have been off-putting.

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Mary Curnock Cook, Former UCAS chief executive officer, addresses delegates at the Creating Positive Futures Conference.

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Equality and Human Rights Commission promotes flexible working to dads and employers

This International Men’s Day, I’m doing something a bit special. You may find me gracing your small screen at some point as I feature in a video recorded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission to encourage men to consider flexible working.

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A still image from the video Helen, Izzy and I appeared in to promote the benefits of flexible working.

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Papoosegate and why using a baby carrier is not emasculating

I shouldn’t be writing this blog post. I had to have an argument with myself about the fact it would bring further attention to Piers Morgan and his high-profile comments about Daniel Craig using a baby carrier. I should know better, but I simply can’t help myself.

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Do I feel stupid wearing a loud shirt and posing with a teddy bear in my daughter’s old baby carrier? Definitely. Do I feel emasculated? no.

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International Fathers’ Mental Health Day

As I get older, I’ve become much more aware of mental health issues. Part of the reason for this, I think, is that I’ve seen the impact on families when a mum or a dad develops a mental health condition.

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The aim of International Father’s Mental Health Day is to raise awareness of the issue and get men to open up about their own mental health.

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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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