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 […]

The Joy Of Your Child Being Sick (Well, Just A Little Bit)

Lazing around. Star Wars marathons. Biscuits. Extra sleep in the morning. Your child being sick for a few days isn’t all bad news, explains Rich Hathway. When my son came home from school last Friday he had such a croaky voice I thought he’d been possessed. He said he was fine, so I told my […]

10 Awesome Things We Learnt From The New Book Of LEGO Facts

What dad doesn’t love LEGO? Which is exactly why we’ve spent the last few days studying this new book on LEGO facts, Absolutely Everything You Need To Know. It’s sure to be a big seller this Christmas, but in case you’re undecided about whether to force your kid to put it on their Crimbo list […]

The First Time I Told My Daughter ‘You’re Not Wearing That’

Most dads are fully aware that the day will come when they have to tell their daughter: “You’re not wearing that.” Usually this will be in reference to an item of clothing that’s too revealing even for a beach, let alone a night out. You will reach a compromise and she will change into a […]

Why Having No Sleep Routine Is Tiring – But Means Quality Dad And Toddler Time

Something you don’t appreciate about parenthood until you’ve got kids is the crippling tiredness. In my early twenties I could survive on four hours sleep a night at a push, if there were special circumstances like going to a gig, or suddenly deciding that an entire season of Curb Your Enthusiasm or Arrested Development had […]