Dad Blogger Round-up: #IWD2016 and beyond…

dadsLet’s kick off this dad blogger round up with a belated look at International Women’s Day. Why so? You may be asking. Well, because a couple of very heart-felt blog posts written by guys acknowledging the day caught my eye.

Eddie, who writes the AKA Daddy blog, wrote this wonderful tribute to all the mothers to mark IWD. My advice, however, is to keep scrolling down as the best bit must surely be the delightful picture at the end!

Eddie’s blog is one that’s relatively new to me. A blogger who I’m more familiar with is Simon of Man vs Pink. For IWD, Simon teamed up with Oxfam and spoke to a widower from Zambia called Alex about his hopes for his young daughter, Ethel. Simon finds himself worrying about which of the good schools in his locality his daughter will attend. Alex, meanwhile, is campaigning as there is no secondary school where he lives. He also finds himself worrying about the levels of gender-based violence prevalent in his society. It’s a fascinating read.

Great work Simon and well done Oxfam for coming up with such a simple and effective campaign. Here’s wishing Alex and Ethel the very best for the future.

For those interested, International Men’s Day takes place on 19 November every year. Moving on from such matters, the Tireddaddy blog is another one that’s relatively new to me. It is charting the progress of a first time dad as he adjusts to fatherhood. His latest post made for interesting reading as it bought back memories of when I became a father seven years ago.

Spending huge amounts of money in a vast array of retail outlets buying goodness knows what; yes I remember this. The first month being a little easier than anticipated; yes I recall this too (although it all changed when the they started crawling).

It’s not all light-hearted discussion about nappies and vomit. The author admits the return to work was tougher than he expected and that he’s struggling without sleep. I think a lot of guys find the return to work very hard so it was refreshing to find this post written so honestly.  Look after yourself kid.

On a lighter note, twin-dad and stand-up comic comedian Sam Avery has learned a number of things as a parent over the past week. Among them was the fact you will never see the bottom of your laundry basket and a theory that whoever invented the beauty facial was feeding a child porridge at the time.

Those are a few of the blogs I’ve been reading this month. Please do check them out. I’ll be back in three months. In the meantime, you can expect monthly dad blogger round ups from my fellow BritMums dad blog round editors, Tim of the Slouching Towards Thatcham blog and Dave from The Dadventurer blog.

A la prochaine!

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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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One Response to Dad Blogger Round-up: #IWD2016 and beyond…

  1. Ruby 14 March 2016 at 16:21 #

    Why would you even publish this? So much of our society is focused on men’s perspectives and opinions, you think you’d be able to take a break from them for one bloody day. Strange, I almost thought IWD was meant to focus on the lives and experiences of um, women?

    So. much. urghhhhhhhhhh.