About John Adams

John Adams is a married with two young daughters. He has been a stay at home dad for almost four years. John started blogging back in 2012 after being invited to one-too-many "mother and toddler groups." This inspired him to write about the issues he faced as a stay at home dad and the gender barriers men face as parents. John continues to write about lie as a stay at home dad. He also writes about every aspect of parenting; schooling, education, pregnancy and birth, childcare and so on. Over time he has broadened the focus of his blog so he now writes about family finances, photography and occasionally covers men's style and fashion. John was originally a journalist. He concedes, however, that was a long time ago.

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Dad round up – rites of passage

Go on, admit it; you loved spending time with the kids over the summer holidays. It was, nonetheless, time for them to go back to school wasn’t it? I know I’m not the only one to feel this way. I’ve seen loads of blog posts from mums and dads who are either relaxing or spring […]

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From BritMums Live to fashionable Paris

This blogging thing has taken me to some weird and wonderful places over the last couple of years. The most unexpected, however, would be the back of a Hackney carriage in Central Paris. This is where I spent last Tuesday, a guest of the French men’s fashion retailer Celio*. I was there for two reasons: […]

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Dad round up; the delights of summer

Looking around at what the dad bloggers have been writing, it’s quite clear most have been enjoying the summer. There are loads of posts about holidays and days out. This one from Tim at Slouching Towards Thatcham caught my eye. It’s his top tips for visiting LegoLand Windsor and, having been last summer with my […]

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Dad Round-up: Hear it for the boys

Hello and welcome to my first-ever BritMums dad blogger round-up. I’ve been given the daunting task of taking over from the amazing Spencer, who has moved on to other things (I’ll come on to what Spen’s doing shortly). It’s been quite a month for us dad bloggers. Four of the better known chaps, working collectively […]

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Excuse me, are you a single parent?

The other day a mum asked me if I was a single parent. Having seen me at the school gates twice a day, this was the conclusion she’d apparently come to. I couldn’t help feeling the question was a bit on the blunt side, especially as I wear a wedding ring which, I would argue, […]

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Suffering from parental guilt. Again.

A few months ago I wrote a blog post saying I was going to do my best to stop feeling so guilty as a parent. I’ve tried my best, but it hasn’t really worked out. Things came to a head just before the Easter break. It was a Friday, the one day of the week […]

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A happy blog post about active children

  This is a happy blog post. No, actually, it’s a very happy blog post about active children. Why so happy? Well, it’s simple really. After the deluge of the past few months I am overjoyed to be getting outside with the kids. I insist on spending as much time as possible outdoors with the […]

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The Inoculation Proclamation

We recently had a health scare with Elizabeth, our youngest daughter. I’d received a phone call from her nursery to be told she was presenting some very worrying symptoms. The staff thought it could be very serious indeed but a fraught dash to our GP for an emergency appointment proved it was, thankfully, a false […]

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Is it tough, you know, being a dad?

  There’s a question I’m often asked by mums when they discover I’m the main carer for our two daughters. The words vary slightly, but it goes something like this; “Is it hard looking after two children compared to having a full time job?” I’ve been asked this question many times and yet I still […]

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Parental guilt? Gimme a break

  Guilt has been a recurring theme in my life recently. More precisely, parental guilt. Not that I’m a stranger to guilt, it is something I’ve written about in the past. In my family’s present situation, my wife’s been snowed under at work so she’s been feeling guilty about not seeing the kids as she’s […]

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Bribes for breastfeeding: A dad’s opinion

I appreciate I’m a bit late to wade in on the bribes for breastfeeding debate. I hope you’ll excuse my tardiness but I’ve been looking after a child that had a stomach bug. With my apologies out the way, I’m trying to get my head around the idea that women in South Yorkshire and Derbyshire […]

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Becoming a school gate dad

Last month I ranted about the school run. This month I have decided to write about a few observations I have made based on my recent experiences of becoming a school gate dad. I’m sure they aren’t that dissimilar to the experiences of school gate mums but please have a read and let me know […]

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The insanity of the school run

I’ve only been doing the school run a number of days, but it’s already become the bane of my life. I knew it was going to be bad, but I was quite unprepared for this daily ritual. The roads around school are bumper-to-bumper busy and cars seem to get strewn in any spot large enough […]

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Dancing the school uniform fandango

  In just a few weeks my eldest daughter, Helen, will be starting school. I’m sure all of us parents that have kids starting in reception class this September are wondering where the past four years have gone. I certainly am. In this household we’re also wondering what to do about the school uniform. Isn’t […]

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Daddy’s on a health kick

I’ve been doing this parent thing for a little over four years now and in that time it has definitely had an impact on my physical fitness. Going back a few years, I was an avid runner. I once finished the British 10K in 49 minutes and at school the killer 400 metre sprint was […]

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Wireless devices – a blessing or a curse?

Our regular dad John Adams asks this month whether we should leave the wireless devices at home when we take the kids to play? What’s your take? There’s a spot near our home that’s popular with parents who want to let their kids off the leash so they can charge off on bikes, skateboards and […]

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When mum returns to the office full time

The past few months have been glorious. My wife, you see, has been on maternity leave since October so she’s been at home seven days a week while I have gone out to work part time, as I have since early 2011. In just a few short weeks, our family situation will change. My wife […]

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Formula feeding – sometimes it makes sense

I recently read a fantastic blog article by Anna White in the Telegraph.  Some of the language used by White made me wince but I found myself agreeing with her her call for a more common sense approach to the great ‘breast versus formula feeding’ debate. You very rarely, if ever, hear men commenting on […]

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