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Seize the Daddy

Men Can Do It!-Gideon BurrowsIt’s not perfect legislation, but men now have the chance to take Shared Parental Leave and spend quality time with their children. GIDEON BURROWS challenges dads to embrace the opportunity, and change culture for good.

Back in 2012, when Shared Parental Leave legislation was just about still twinkle in Nick Clegg’s eye, I wrote a book called Men Can Do It.

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Losing Mum

Ferry-to-LarneExactly a year ago today at 3.15pm, I was on the Ferry to Larne, going home to visit my sick mother, when I received a call to say that she had passed away.

How to tell the children, who looked at me knowing the news was not good?

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Shared Leave is Here!

Dad and Mum-Birth Jan15Any child born or adopted from today can benefit from unprecedented involvement by their father. NICK THORPE celebrates the start of Shared Parental Leave and runs through its exciting implications.

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Best for Dads Award

Fathers Awards-West DunbartonshireDirect from today’s prestigious award ceremony, we are proud to announce the inaugural Fathers Network Scotland prize for the most father-friendly employer in Scotland.

IT’S official: West Dunbartonshire Council is Scotland’s best employer for all stages of fatherhood!

The public sector employer fought off stiff competition to receive the coveted title from Fathers Network Scotland at this afternoon’s inaugural Scottish Top Employers for Working Families Awards, attended by Fiona McLeod MSP, acting Minister for Children and Young People.

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My Illness

David and ManauOur CEO DAVID DRYSDALE shares some shocking personal news – and looks at the road ahead for Fathers Network Scotland and the Year of the Dad.

Hello all

Late last week I was told that I’ve got a rare and aggressive form of cancer (which explains the back pain I’ve been experiencing over the last few months). I’m now in a bed in the Western General hospital in Edinburgh having been pumped full of morphine and chemotherapy drugs.

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The Lost Son

Dad and Son on a HillBirth parents never forget the children they have lost to adoption. ROB BROWN tells the moving story of his search for the son he thought he’d never meet.

I was 18 when I fathered my first child. When my girlfriend first told me that she was pregnant, I felt very happy about becoming a father.

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Playing for Keeps

Just Play-trampolinePlaying with our kids is not only fun, but crucial for strong families. NICK THORPE hears how one pioneering organisation has engaged dads as well as mums in building strong bonds with their children.

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation,” the philosopher Plato once said. And when that person is your child, the benefits can transform your whole family.

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Your Brain on Porn

Your Brain On Porn-Gary WilsonNICK THORPE examines emerging evidence of the havoc internet pornography can wreak in our brains, our relationships – and our children.

WHAT attitude should we have to porn – not just as adults, but as parents?

In the wake of Safer Internet Day 2015 it seems a good question, not least because research shows that most boys seek explicit images by the age of 10, when they’re most sexually curious – and it’s never been easier to find them.

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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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