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Digital Dads: changing roles for modern times

shutterstock-dadmumkidworking.jpgTechnology has changed the world in the last few decades - so how do dads best encourage and protect their children in the online environment? Guest blogger HAN-SON LEE of DaddiLife offers some tips. 

The digital age has ushered in a host of changes across our lives; some for the better, and some arguably for the worse.

While many of us have become wrapped up in smart technology and the ability to access our favourite social media posts while out and about, we also need to consider how this transformation is impacting our role as fathers.

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Time to Focus on Dads' Mental Health

FNS_F_Day_survey_resultFacebook_Shared_Image_survey_results_copy.pngOn International Fathers' Mental Health Day, FNS hears from dads who have suffered postnatal depression - and turns the spotlight on a relatively common condition that still carries a stigma.

Dave Macleod was determined to be a rock of support for his wife during their pregnancy and the birth of their daughter. What the Scots dad hadn’t considered was where he himself would find support when the strain of caring began to tell.

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Is it Father's Day 1958?

1950sfamily.jpgThe UK government has missed a huge opportunity to promote gender equality and support dads as carers at the heart of family life, says SAM SMETHERS, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society. This Father's Day we'll need to push harder if we want shared parenting for our children.

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Survey results: Maternity services sidelining dads

FNS_survey_18_infograph_lr.pngThe NHS is failing Scotland’s new mums & babies by sidelining dads, according to evidence from our survey of new fathers.

More than 560 of you in Scotland, and 1800 across the UK, responded to the survey of new dads' experience of antenatal, birth or health visitor services - and the results indicate that the NHS is failing to provide the ‘family-centred’ services required by its own rules* and desired by parents.

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Take our New Dads Survey for 2018!

Dads_Survey_2018Facebook_Shared_Image.pngHave you become a father in the last 5 years?

How was your experience of going to antenatal appointments or scans, or being at the birth of your child?

Please take 10 minutes to fill in this important survey - which we’re issuing with our friends at the Fatherhood Institute.

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Calling Self-Employed Rural Dads!

Rural_DadsFacebook_Shared_Image.pngAre you a self-employed dad living in rural Scotland?

If so, we’d love to hear about your experiences of balancing work and family, for an innovative new research project we’re facilitating in partnership with the University of Edinburgh Business School.

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Being a Dad In Prison Pulls No Punches

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As the hard-hitting play Being a Dad sees its 15th performance in East Lothian tonight, DAVE DEVENNEY looks back over the past year at its highly-acclaimed prisons tour.

BEING a Dad is a drama reflecting the authentic lived experiences, hopes, fears and challenges faced by many fathers, including offender and disadvantaged young fathers in Scotland today.

So it’s appropriate that it’s 15th performance tonight also celebrates the 15th anniversary of DadsWork, a much-loved East Lothian community project providing support groups, positive parenting classes, workshops on the role of fathers, home visits, trips and outings for fathers and their children.

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Closing the Gender Care Gap

Sam_Pringle_new.jpgAs an influential Commons committee recommends wide-ranging changes to working culture for dads, FNS director SAMANTHA PRINGLE shares the personal cost of leaving things as they are.

RECENTLY I was asked to give a talk about what dads can do to create a more equal and fair society, as part of an International Women’s Day event.

This issue is at the heart of why Fathers Network Scotland exists, why I personally joined the board five years ago and subsequently stepped up to lead the organisation. I want a society where mums and dads share house work and the care of their children – the utopia of a happy home!

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Scottish Parliament group probes lack of dad data

Wheres_the_Daddy_lr.pngPRESS RELEASE: “Data desert on dads” needs urgent review for children’s sake, says a new study. If fathers leave the house after breakup, they also leave the statistics, hears the Scottish Parliament’s new cross-party group on Shared Parenting

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The Scottish Parliament’s first ever cross-party group on Shared Parenting met yesterday (Tues 13th March 2018) to hear evidence that dads are being left out of publicly-funded data collection, leaving potentially harmful gaps in policy around children and families.

Initiated by Ivan McKee MSP, the group at the Scottish Parliament is charged with identifying barriers to full involvement of both parents in the lives of their children from gender stereotyping of services and the custom and practice that assumes that parenting is ‘mothers’ business’.

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Understanding Dad: big impact from small changes

HS_Glenrothes_AM_pic_20-03-2017_HS_Calum_childhug.jpgThe FNS Understanding Dad training is transforming organisations across Scotland as services embrace the win-win from involving fathers. Senior trainer CHRIS MIEZITIS hears how it worked for Janie Tydeman of Home Start, Glenrothes.

“Attending the Understanding Dad training has hugely changed our practice – and in a very good way," says Janie Tydeman, senior family support and volunteer coordinator at Home Start in Glenrothes, Fife.

"A lot of the mums we have worked with have had very negative experiences with men - domestic abuse and so on - which is real and is bad. But I had lost sight of all the positives there are with men being involved with their children."

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