Why It’s Better Being An Older Dad

My son was born when I was 38. I’m what could be generously referred to as an older dad. Or “a dinosaur”, as my son calls me. It’s true that I’m older than his friends’ dads. I have less hair, a more errant stomach, and I give an involuntary puff of the cheeks as I […]

The Problem With Trying To Be The ‘Perfect’ Dad

It’s not easy being a perfect parent but good enough is OK, writes Rich Hathway. I’ll be honest, the thought of spending a day at a family visitor attraction is not top of my wish list. Sure, it’s great for the kid, but it’s a deeply stressful thing for me. Firstly, there’s no way of […]

Always Read The Label

Dad-vice: Don’t Be A Donkey, Always Read The Label

An unexpected gift helped one learn one of the first rules of fatherhood: always read the label. I have a knackered old out building at the back of my property. The doors are broken and the roof leaks and it’s just a dumping ground for unfinished garden projects and things I need to take to […]

How To Interrogate Your Kids

How To Interrogate Your Kids About Their Day (And Get An Answer)

Fed up of being stonewalled by your children when you ask what they did at school? One dad used TV cop tactics to figure out how to interrogate your kids. Here’s a conversation that will sound familiar to many parents – the daily torture of trying to elicit information from a child about their day. “How […]

Is my child a fussy eater

Is My Child A Fussy Eater Or A Discerning Diner?

Just because a kid knows their own tastes, it doesn’t necessarily make them “fussy”, writes Rich Hathway. Is my child a fussy eater? It’s one of those catchall terms that is trotted out whenever a child turns their nose up at some type of food or another. I’ve used the term myself to describe my […]

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Our Miracle Baby: What It’s Like Going Through A Difficult Labour, From A Dad’s Perspective

Waiting, worry, and Angry Birds. One dad explains the realities of sitting on the sidelines during his partner’s difficult labour. When my partner told me she was pregnant, it was one of the best days of my life. We had been waiting for IVF because of problems conceiving, so a natural pregnancy was like a […]

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Why Talking To Your Child Like An Adult Is A Good Thing

Worried you’re blinding your kids for science? Don’t be.  Getting technical with “dad speak” and talking to your child like an adult is good for their development. Do you get frowned at for talking to your child like they’re an adult? Do you get that pity-ridden shake of the head from people who think you […]

I Was A Scrooge – Until I Became A Dad On Christmas Day

It didn’t take three ghosts to change Richard Hathway’s miserly ways at Christmas – it took becoming a parent. Christmas. Has any word in human history conjured up such joy for kids and terror for parents at the same time? There’s the list for Santa that you have to begin in mid-October. But then if […]

How Cooking With My Son Makes Me A Competitive Dad

I do all the cooking at home. I enjoy cooking, I find it relaxing. I get a deep sense of satisfaction from producing a great tasting dish and seeing people enjoy it. I enjoy cooking so much I worked in a pub kitchen for a while. I’m pretty good at it too. We men are […]

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Being A Domestic Dad – A Very Manly Endeavour

Why being a domestic dad is bloody hard work – and a matter of serious manly pride. Every morning before my son leaves for school he pleads to stay with me and have fun. I tell him that I’ve got boring daddy jobs to do, so it wouldn’t be any fun, and send him off […]