Big Kids Aisle

Smyths Toys To Open ‘Big Kids Aisle’ For Adult Play

Dads rejoice – we’re officially allowed to get stuck in at the toy shop. There are no two ways about it: as much as we want our toy purchases to please the kids, us parents want to play with the damn things too. Recent Netflix series The Toys That Made Us hammered home just how […]

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 […]

How You Can Play In The FA Cup

Here’s How You & Your Kids Can Play In The FA Cup (Well, Sort Of)

The People’s FA Cup is about to kick-off, which means only one thing: sporting glory awaits. If you’re anything like me, when you look at your rapidly declining physique in the mirror and reflect on where it all went wrong, you also think back to sporting glories of the past – remembering the hopes your younger […]

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 […]

Apps For Dads: The 5 Best Apps For Expectant Fathers

As regular readers may know, I’m an expectant dad. The bun has been in my wife’s proverbial oven for just about six months now, and while the road has been rocky, it’s also been rather exciting. I’m one of those people who can’t help but read and read and read about what to do once […]