Fatherhood: It’s Tough At Times

Being a dad is without a doubt one of the most challenging but rewarding parts of my life. When you are a dad to five children in a society like today you have to deal with so many more issues that simply didn’t exist when I was growing up. The more I look at the society of today the more frightened I become for my children. There is an almost sinister edge to people today and people have a selfish streak that is incredible. Is the generation of today turning into stress heads full of anxiety and heading towards bouts… [Read More]

Do You Need A Father As A Role Model When You Become A Dad?

The answer in a word is no. You don’t. However, my concern is that it is projected by society that we all need a father whilst growing up so that we have a role model to help us develop our skills as a father when that moment in life comes that a little one calls us dad. In my own childhood I grew up without the influence of a father in my life. Did it have any adverse effects when I became a father? None whatsoever that I can genuinely think of. In fact if anything it had some positive… [Read More]

What Does Fatherhood Mean To Me

I recently took part in a video challenge which was started by Dadapp. The challenge is called “What Does Fatherhood Mean To You?” I had to create a short video on this topic. It was only a 30 second video and when I finished it I thought to myself that I had left so much out of what fatherhood really means to me. As such I decided I would write a blog and go into more depth of what fatherhood really means to me. I thought I would go about writing this post in a completely different way by using… [Read More]

Dads! Do You Talk To Your Daughters About Periods #Pads4Dads Campaign

Did you know that nearly half of all dads in the UK have not talked to their daughters about periods? In addition, only 1 in 3 dads have purchased period products, 4 in 10 dads never learnt about periods at school, and 45% of dads are unsure what the signs are that a girl might be about to start her period. These were the results from a survey carried out by Hey Girls UK. You have to be brutally honest here. Those are shocking results. Dads need to join the bloody conversation! I am a father of four daughters and… [Read More]

Dads Are Finally More Involved With Their Children Lives

Nowadays I read so much about how dads are changing and are now connecting with their children on a new more involved level. This could well be because there are a lot more stay at home dads than ever before, although I believe that is still very much in its infancy and a very small percentage of dads. It could also be that men are now balancing work and family life better than before with possibly a little bit of help from their employers, but oh my goodness that has such a long way to go. I have always had… [Read More]

Sometimes I Wonder If I’m Getting This Whole Dad Thing Right

I have been the most confident person in the world, yet have always suffered from so many insecurities. When I became a dad for the first time 22 years ago it was scary, and I remember saying to myself when my eldest daughter was born that this is me now. I’m a dad, and will do all I can to never let you down and to always be there for you, and as each of my five children were born and I held them for the first time I said exactly the same thing to myself. The truth is, I… [Read More]

What Makes A Great Dad

So you have just had a baby and you want to be a great dad. You decide to pop down to your local bookstore and by a book that will tell you exactly what to do, and hey ho! You will be a great dad, if only! We all know this is not remotely true! This got me thinking about what does make a great dad? Here I am building a workshop, with my 5 year old twins. 1. Listening I have always believed in listening to your children when they are talking to you and not dismissing them, and… [Read More]

Mothers/Fathers Day And Schools 

So Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are over for another year, and in some ways I’m thinking thank goodness for that. Since Father’s Day something has been really niggling away at me. My five year old twin girls didn’t make a card in school for me. I found this really surprising, and will explain why. On Mother’s Day back in March, the girls made cards in school for their mum, and when they brought them home on the Friday before Mothering Sunday, they hid them and told me that mummy can’t see them until the Sunday. I just thought, aww,… [Read More]