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Careless words can reinforce prejudice. But guest blogger IAN MAXWELL from Families Need Fathers Scotland found that a timely challenge can reframe the debate.
A RECENT press release from the Department of Work and Pensions bore this heading: “The number of absent parents who are now paying towards the cost of their children through the Child Support Agency has hit an all-time high”.Read more >>
In the coming year a multitude of dads will get the opportunity for unprecedented involvement with their newborn children. NICK THORPE offers a primer on Shared Parental Leave and its exciting implications.Read more >>
in that little scented dented
hollow in the pillow
i lay my head
where he lies each nightRead more >>
Are you a dad working in the Public Sector with a child aged 5 or younger and a working partner?
If so, please get in touch: we’d love to hear your story for an exciting new research project with Edinburgh University – and we have exactly a month to do it!Read more >>
In a rare visit to Greenock prison, NICK THORPE talks to inmates and facilitators on a Mellow Dads pilot project – about their struggles, strategies and parenting breakthroughs.
PAUL Cowan will never forget the first time his daughter came to visit him in prison: the sadness of it is with him still.Read more >>
COLM BLACK talks honestly about the effect of burnout – and the everyday struggles of being a dad at home.
Exile, says the writer Eugene Peterson, is the experience of being where we do not wish to be. It can experienced at many levels: missing the last bus home, a dip in a relationship, the loss of a job, not being picked for a team. It is an experience of emotional and/or physical dislocation: I am where I do not wish to be. In exile.Read more >>
Researching fatherhood in the context of social disadvantage, KAREN MAXWELL expected to be coaxing emotionally-repressed men out of their shells. But her “hard to reach” dads proved nothing of the kind…Read more >>
Isn’t it time we rewarded employers for flexibility around working parents? NIKKI SLOWEY, co-ordinator of Family Friendly Working Scotland, unveils some exciting new awards for good practice.
Does your organisation take fatherhood seriously? Are you a family friendly employer?Read more >>
In National Adoption Week, NICK THORPE reflects on adoptive fatherhood – the most challenging and fulfilling experience of his life…Read more >>