talking to your child like an adult

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Fixing Stuff

Why Fixing Stuff Is One Of Life’s Great Pleasures

Ignore all the tutting, getting handy and fixing stuff is a dad’s prerogative. Are there things that as a dad you always moan about, but secretly enjoy? For me it’s fixing stuff. I’ve been a dad for nearly six years now so I’m constantly on the fix. When you’re bombarded with parental advice before your […]

Outdoors nurseries

I’m All For Outdoors Nurseries – If They Mean I Never Have To Go To The Playground Again

A survey last week found that parents are overwhelmingly in favour of sending their children to outdoors nurseries. The survey, conducted by Canopies UK, revelaed that 70% of parents asked would either consider sending their child to outdoors nurseries, or already do so. This comes following the news that Jamie Oliver is back on the […]

Father-Son Bonding

Why Halloween Means Father-Son Bonding Time With My Little Monster

We all want those brilliant father-son bonding moments – perfect times when we indulge in a shared activity that soon blossoms into a lifelong passion. I’ve tried to get my son interested in Formula 1 – or any motorsport for that matter – but he’s not having it. I’ve tried to show him that my […]

kids birthday presents

Why Buying Other Kids Birthday Presents Brings Out The Worst Dad In Me

Is buying other kids birthday presents an act of kindness? Or just about competitive parenting and showing off? It’s a tricky business, buying other people’s kids birthday presents – a political minefield of social etiquette and shameless ego-stroking. It dawned on me this week, as I found myself in WH Smith, arms crammed with £30 […]