In his final blog as FNS Head of Communications, NICK THORPE reflects on four and a half years of cultural change and collaboration.
IN my freelance work as a coach, I am privileged to hear the thoughts and struggles of many fathers.
Almost without exception, they are seeking help in negotiating a transition from the life they thought they were supposed to live, to a newer more congruent fit with who they really are - which usually involves enjoying more quality time with their children.
Gone are the days when many dads missed their children’s births. In fact, as ADRIENNE BURGESS told the recent Fathers Network AGM, modern dads are overwhelmingly present throughout the perinatal period – and viewed as important assets by forward-thinking services.
A QUICK quiz for International Men's Day: what percentage of dads in Scotland do you think are present at the birth of their children?
Given the stories we’re fed by certain elements of the media about single mums or feckless dads, you might be forgiven for guessing significantly lower than the figure our survey of Scottish dads revealed earlier this year:
97 per cent. Surprised?
Dads are currently only entitled to one or two weeks’ statutory paternity leave - and today in a debate in Scottish Parliament, FULTON MACGREGOR and a range of MSPs from across party lines called for more generous provision and an end to inequality.
Below is the opening speech offered in support of the motion that the Parliament:
- believes that challenging the presumption that women are primarily responsible for raising children is key to tackling wider societal inequality, including the gender pay gap
- notes international research showing a link between increased paternity leave and a range of positive outcomes, including greater maternal wellbeing and reduced incidence of postnatal depression
- understands that some employers offer enhanced leave or pay, including the Scottish Government, which offers staff four weeks’ paternity leave on full pay, and notes the view that families across Scotland, including in the Coatbridge and Chryston constituency, would benefit from such practices being adopted by other employers.
CASE STUDY: In an update on our Cattanach Trust-funded projects, CHRIS MIEZITIS hears how green-fingered dads have found their parenting confidence growing alongside their vegetables at Kirkcaldy’s Cottage Family Centre.
NOT long after they started their Dads’ Project in 2010, workers at Kirkcaldy’s Cottage Family Centre began to notice something magic happened when men went outdoors.
Perhaps it was getting involved in earthy tasks with their children, or freedom from the eye-contact of a formal assessment – but somehow the act of planting and weeding the vegetables together opened up conversations that would have struggled to flourish indoors.
We’re hiring again! In a time of exciting growth and change, Fathers Network Scotland is looking to recruit a talented Head of Digital Content to join our team. Could that be you?
The seasons change perpetually – and so do healthy organisations!
This autumn Fathers Network Scotland is undergoing a particularly colourful reconfiguration, growing our team from five to six.
So here’s what’s happening in this latest spurt of change and growth - complete with a video below, in which Sam Pringle, Dave Devenney and Nick Thorpe reflect on what it will all mean for the future of the organisation:
Do you want to help inspire and create a truly father-friendly world?
We are looking for volunteer non-Executive Directors to ensure future sustainability, bring strategic leadership and support our growth as an organisation.
We're hiring again! Thanks to continued growth and success, Fathers Network Scotland is looking to recruit a talented Fundraising Manager to join our team. Could that be you?
Technology 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.
On 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.