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 6 Emotions Every Dad Feels During The Baby Scan

Nothing prepares you for the unpredictable journey that is pregnancy. From the moment your partner tells you congratulations, you do have some lead in the proverbial pencil after all (and the fact you’re going to be a dad, of course), it’s a rollercoaster Last week I walked out of the maternity unit following our second scan […]

bedtime story books

Bedtime Story Books Every Dad Should Read His Kids

The kids’ bedtime is one of the day’s true magical moments — they get a story, you get one step closer to a few hours’ respite before the relentless madness starts over again the next morning. And finding bedtime story books that spark the imagination of both kids and dad is a rare thing, but […]

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 […]

My Son Rated Me On My Abilities As A Dad – This Is How I Scored

One day each week I have the kids all to myself – one five-year-old and one 18-month-old. You’d think after five years of this dadding business I’d have nailed the formula for a day of fun, educational, and well-organised parenting. But last week, “Daddy Day” was an absolute disaster – a badly prepared late-starter that […]

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 […]

Things Every New Dad Should Know

10 Things Every New Dad Should Know (But Nobody Ever Tells You)

Incessant talking, rubbish playing, and getting walloped in the balls. Here are some important things every new dad should know about. With one Age of Dad writer about to become a father for the first first time, I decided to share some of parenting’s greatest secrets and give him fair warning. Here are some things […]

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 […]

These Are The Best Beers To Pair With Your Christmas Dinner, According To An Expert

With just a couple of days to go until Christmas, thoughts have turned to gorging on the year’s best meal and chucking obscene amounts of booze down our necks. While most will opt for a straightforward glass of plonk to accompany the festive dinner, some dads fancy a proper beer to wash down our turkey […]