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 […]

Coffee Is Good For You

Great News, Tired Dads – Coffee Is Good For You

Coffee is good for you? Then fill us up, because we’re bloody knackered. Are you still rubbing the sleep out of your eyes at 3pm every day? Have you lost the power of rational thought, presumably due to your brains melting sometime around the hundredth nighttime feed? Do you feel like you’re trapped in a […]

My child is on the spectrum

Being Told My Child Is On The Spectrum Was Life-Changing – But He’s Unique, Not A Label

How hard would it be to admit to yourself, “My child is on the spectrum”? One father explains his difficult experience. My son doesn’t have a label. My son is not a diagnostic term to be found in a textbook. My son is many things – some utterly wonderful, others incredibly upsetting, mostly complicated and […]

Thanksgiving in the UK

Thanksgiving In The UK? Arguments For & Against Americanising Britain

Every year Thanksgiving in the UK becomes even more of “a thing”. A bit like American “football”, proms, and writing the date wrongly (see above, ahem). But is all this American culture in the UK a good or bad thing? Two of our writers argue for and against Thanksgiving in the UK the the Americanisation […]

How Becoming A Dad Brought Back My Own Childhood Anxieties

Yesterday morning I dropped my five-year-old son off at his school breakfast club. Before leaving, I turned back to wave him one last goodbye – as I usually do, just in case he thinks I’m legging it out of there as fast as possible, which is only half true – but the sight of him […]

Essential Father-Son Bonding Activities For The Modern World

Technology. Trends. Modern attitudes. Yes, the world is changing. And as dads, we need to change with it to make sure we give our sons the best start in life. So whereas fishing, hunting or playing catch may have been essential for father-son bonding and teaching our children the ways of the world in years […]

Why Dads Should Celebrate International Men’s Day

Martin Daubney is the co-founder of the Men & Boys Coalition, and a UK ambassador for International Men’s Day. “International Men’s Day? Hang about, isn’t every day International Men’s Day!?” It’s a ‘joke’ so familiar to anybody involved in IMD, that we tend to keep a stock reply – something like “no, it’s November 19th, when, […]

Grandparents Are Bad For Kids' Health

Grandparents Are Bad For Kids’ Health, Says Research – Yeah, No Shit

A new study says that grandparents are bad for kids’ health because they spoil them. But isn’t that down to us parents too? When I was in my early teens I became convinced my nan was planning to eat me. What other reason could there have been for the incessant fattening up she subjected me […]

Domestic dad

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 […]