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The home of father-friendly news, thoughts and creative insights from FNS and our guest bloggers. Let us know what you think – and if you’ve got an idea for a blog post you’d like to write for us, get in touch with FNS!

Mind your language!

comitted parentsCareless 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”.

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Shared Parental Leave

Dad and Mum-BirthIn 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.

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Appearing in Person

in that little scented dented

hollow in the pillow

i lay my head

where he lies each night

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Calling public sector dads!

dad and mumand kid workingAre 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!

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Dads Behind Bars

Greenock groupIn 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.

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Exile in a strange land

Path of ExileCOLM 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.

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The myth of hard-to-reach dads

Detail Sistine ChapelResearching 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…

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Awards for Family-friendly Employers

Working dad and a sleeping kidIsn’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?

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Our Journey of Adoption

Family shadow on the wallIn National Adoption Week, NICK THORPE reflects on adoptive fatherhood – the most challenging and fulfilling experience of his life…

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Dads Rock: music to our ears

Dads Rock Academy live gigThe phenomenon that is Dads Rock this week took another giant stride with the announcement of three years’ Big Lottery funding. NICK THORPE faced the music for our Focus on Fatherswork series – and liked what he heard.

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