30 March 2015 | Leave a comment
A parliamentary inquiry into parenting and social mobility has called on the next government to do more to encourage the UK's early years services to engage with men - and to fund a national reading campaign for dads and children. The inquiry, held by the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Parents & Families, and Social Mobility, found that "female domination of the early years workforce, combined with ingrained gender stereotypes, has created an environment of family support services which are aimed almost exclusively at women, and which, inadvertently, do not appear to sufficiently value the role of fathers." It called on the Government to clarify guidance on father-engagement, promote activities that are accessible to fathers - including a UK-wide 'fathers and children' reading campaign - and promote the participation of men in the early years workforce. Read the full story »
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2 February 2015 | Leave a comment
I get up 5.15am to go and practice my skating at the local rink. Skating takes my mind off of everyday life. 
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24 January 2015 | Leave a comment
The problem 23% of 3-year-olds are overweight or obese (Hawkins et al, 2009), rising to one third of 11-13 year olds, one in six of whom have high blood pressure, and one in ten, high cholesterol (Brophy et al, 2012) The Father Factor – the early years 95% of parents are in a couple relationship or describe themselves as ‘good friends’ at the time of the birth (Kiernan & Smith, 2003) Fathers have substantial impact on pregnant women’s nutrition (Clift-Matthews, 2009) Fathers gain weight during pregnancy, mainly due to lifestyle factors (Onepoll, 2009) Fathers have substantial impact on whether babies are breastfed, and breastfed babies are less likely to be obese later (Armstrong et al, 2002) Toddlers’ activity levels are linked with their father’s (but not their mother’s) BMI (Sallis et al, 1988). 
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22 January 2015 | Leave a comment
We are offering FREE places at a seminar, ‘A FATHER-INCLUSIVE APPROACH TO SUPPORTING COUPLE RELATIONSHIPS AND CO-PARENTING’, to be held on 13 March at The Priory Rooms in Birmingham. 
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21 January 2015 | 2 comments
Jeremy Davies writes: This morning we were contacted by a radio journalist who wanted us to comment on a study suggesting that, and I quote, “it might be best for dads not to be present at the birth of their children”. 
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16 December 2014 | Leave a comment
  Men in low and middle income countries are generally positive about gender equality – but their participation in household and caregiving tasks remains low, and levels of intimate partner violence are still high, according to a study published in the Men and Masculinities journal. 
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16 December 2014 | One comment
Jeremy Davies writes: Advertising is all around us – it is shaped by, and helps shape, our culture. A lot of the time, advertisers portray dads as ham-fisted, lazy or goon-like, overseen by mums who are all-knowing – the magical glue that holds families together. 
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16 December 2014 | One comment
What was it like being with your partner in the first few hours of her labour? Fathers are often the main support for women during the first hours of labour when they are typically advised to stay at home.  
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16 December 2014 | Leave a comment
Dr Mark Osborn writes: As our European safeguarding project begins to draw towards its close, the results from the different countries are being pulled together.