Free gifts for Fatherhood Institute supporters

11 August 2010

If you donate a minimum of £7 per month to the Fatherhood Institute, you can choose one of these four great gifts:

Dadcando is a fantastic web-based resource for all dads, but with a special emphasis on helping lone dads and fathers who have contact with their children but do not live with them full-time. It features a host of ideas for games and things to make and cook with your children – all beautifully described and illustrated, and presented in such a way as to encourage dads to value and spend quality time with their children. It was set up by father-of-four Chris Barnardo, a passionate advocate of fathers’ importance, and an extremely talented designer.

Choice A: One year’s subscription to (normally worth £9.95) for access to more than 350 online projects and a new one in your email inbox every week, plus the ability to post your own projects and comments on the site


Choice B: The lavishly illustrated, 256-page hardback Dad Can Do by Chris Barnardo, published by Guardian Books (RRP £14.99)

Children living in separated family situations fare best when their relationship with each of their parents continues to be close. Karen and Nick Woodall’s Guide for Separated Parents: Putting Children First helps mothers and fathers unlock and resolve the conflict around contact with children that can arise during and after separation. Using strategies such as parenting plans, scripted phone calls and parenting meetings, the book enables parents to communicate effectively on all the most important things in their children’s lives – and make relaxed arrangements for the continued involvement by both parents with their children. Karen is a family therapist and the Director of the Centre for Separated Families. Nick is a writer on family separation and fatherhood, and also works at the Centre on policy and development. They really know their stuff – this book is a must for every mum and dad going through or recovering from separation.

Choice C: The Guide for Separated Parents: Putting Children First by Karen and Nick Woodall (RRP: £8.99)

Having a baby is often said to bring couples closer – and sometimes it does. But in two out of three families it makes the parents’ relationships worse. And what do parent argue about most? Answer: “who does what”! Duncan Fisher OBE, former chief executive of the Fatherhood Institute and now director of the Kids in the Middle campaign, suggests a new way of looking at parenting, with no automatic assumptions about who earns and who looks after baby. In Baby’s Here! Who Does What? you’ll find out how mothers can feel more confident, less stressed and enjoy their babies more, as well as enjoying other parts of their lives – and how fathers can earn enough while staying central to their babies’ lives. Taking care of your own relationship isn’t selfish, but is one of the most important ways parents can take care of their children – this book shows you how.

Choice D: Baby’s Here! Who Does What? By Duncan Fisher (RRP: £9.99)