Generation Xbox: ‘Alarming’ drop in fathers helping children to read

There’s an alarming study out by The Literacy Trust  showing a drop in the number of fathers encouraging their children to read 🙁 The study by the National Literacy Trust shows one in three dads give no reading encouragement to their children to read at all – a 30 per cent increase over the past […]

Dads see parenting courses as stuck in ’50s :(

FATHERS are averse to attending parenting education classes and do not seem  to get the same benefits from them as mothers, a new study shows. But it’s not the fault of  fathers. ”It’s as if parenting courses are stuck  in the 1950s where the gender division is accepted as natural and entrenched,”  said Richard Fletcher, […]

In Dad’s Shoes – A Celebration of Single Dads

  Last night I was delighted to have been invited to The House of Lord’s to the launch of In Dad’s Shoes a wonderful photography exhibition from Dad’s House and Dad’s Rock. The exhibition is on a national tour, and is on show in London at the moment, with the official launch at the House of […]

Paternity leave: Don’t we all benefit if new dads stay at home ?

I’ve just discovered downloading the Sunday papers on my Kindle ! Bliss ! So I read with interest Jemima Lewis’ article in The Sunday Telegraph about how paternity leave is good not only for children and mothers, but can help the economy, too. What do you think ?  

Many men want to share the pain of waking up in the night & treading on the Lego

In the Queen’s Speech at the state opening of parliament yesterday it was revealed that the coalition government plan to revolutionise maternity leave by allowing parents to split it between themselves. The move could allow mothers to return to work earlier after the birth of a child, but also allow fathers to be more hands-on […]


I’ve just come across an article in the Daily Express about Dads and hugging which I found interesting. My son has gone a bit more aloof at the moment as he’s 19,  left home for University and is a bit unsure of the new hugging policy so I get more ‘high 5’s’ as he says ‘Goodnight’ when […]

Parenting advice from George Clooney’s dad

  I have to admit I have a soft spot for George Clooney – who doesn’t ? But this article from Salon caught my eye today as Nick Clooney, George’s Dad explains how he raised Hollywood’s socially aware icon. When George Clooney was arrested on Friday while protesting outside the Sudanese embassy in Washington, he […]

When does a man become a dad?

Today I’m delighted to have as my guest blogger Daddy Natal  a wonderful resource for expectant dads and fathers to be. Here’s a little bit about Dean Beaumont the founder of Daddy Natal. I’m Dean Beaumont the first professional male Antenatal Educator in the UK and founder of DaddyNatal. I have two children Oren 3 […]

Finally children win the legal right to see both parents after divorce.

I’m pleased to see that children are for the first time to be given the legal right to have a proper relationship with both their parents after a divorce. Ministers intend to rewrite the law in an attempt to ensure that fathers get improved access to their children after a marriage breaks down. Currently, family courts […]

12 Most Important Lessons We Can Learn from Children

Today’s guest post is from Ted Rubin. A native New Yorker, Ted holds a Bachelor of Science in business and economics from Cornell University. He is divorced, has two teenage daughters, and lives in Long Island. Personal philosophy: “Live is not about waiting for the storm to pass… it’s about learning to dance in the […]

Raise your children not your voice !

Parenting is the most important, rewarding, frustrating, and challenging job anyone can do and yet is the one few of us ever get any preparation for.  We invest in everything except learning the skills in raising happy, confident and well-balanced children. The speed, pressure and stress of modern living means we never seem to have […]

Daddy Be Good

Father’s Day is over, but DaddyBeGood has launched. Written by dads for dads, they want to help you be the dad you want to be. It’s got some great articles including this one on Obama and Cameron differing approaches to fatherhood. But which do you agree with?

I miss you Dad.

  The death of my dad nearly 7 years ago made me look back over our lives together and reflect on what I truly loved and respected about him. He made such a difference—not only in my life, but to all the people he met. He was charismatic, kind, compasionate and great fun to be with. Then […]

Dad makes an apology on behalf of his kids…

I am talking tomorrow on BBC radio Tees at 9.15 about a Dad who  has expressed his shame after two boys – aged eight and nine – were spoken to by police investigating a suspected arson attack that destroyed a doctors’ surgery. Here’s the article taken from The Northern Echo – what do you think – would […]

The Sue Atkins Inspiring Sunday Saying

I have just been coaching a really fabulous Dad  called Steve who wants to propel his business up to the next level and this just popped into my mind so I thought I would share it with you too! “Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” Kenny Rogers Singer and […]