Dad Blogger: Father’s Day and beyond

dadsAs you can imagine, Father’s Day means it has been an exceedingly busy time for us dad bloggers recently. Over recent months I’ve noticed some superb dad bloggers bursting on to the scene. In this round up, I feature a few old favourites, plus some that are new (or new-ish) to the blogging world.

To coincide with Father’s Day, the #52DaysofDad challenge has been organised by the Young Dads Collective (YDC), a project run by the Family and Childcare Trust charity. YDC works with young dads, guys aged 25 and under who are apparently some of the most socially isolated in the UK.

The challenge is great fun and it’s very inclusive. There’s no reason why mums can’t take part also! Every week for the next year, YDC will publish a challenge on its website to undertake with your kids. Last week was the first week and the challenge was to build a den. Several dad blog are doing their bit to promote the campaign including The Yorkshire Dad, Bringing up Charlie and Tales of Sonny and Luca (and although this is supposed to be BritMums, here is an effort by the delightful, Canadian ModernDadPages) .

A reasonably new blog on the scene is DadvWorld. His blog post about becoming more emotional since becoming a father struck a chord with me. When our kids were younger, Mrs Adams would insist on watching One Born Every Minute and I confess it had me choking back tears on numerous occasions. Why is it acceptable for Mrs Adams to react this way, but not me? Read the post to find out what DadvWorld thinks.

Parenting teens is something that terrifies me. I haven’t yet reached that stage with my daughters. The potential for your offspring to get in trouble is just, well, you know, huge. Thing is, sometimes trouble visits your kids. In this post on the Looking for the Postman blog, we hear how a dad reacts when his 13 year old son is assaulted outside school by another pupil. It seems to cross the line from bullying to another realm altogether. Have a read and see how you would react.

Over at the DadDance blog, vasectomies are the order of the day. No, not actually having one, but the random question this dad was asked by a woman he doesn’t know at a toddler and child group. He thinks it was an attempt to engage him in conversation but leaves him pondering whether he needs to be more sociable at these sessions. He has a point, but I wouldn’t recommend asking a strange woman about her coil-fitting experience.

Coming back to a vaguely-related Father’s Day theme, one of my fave blogs, Singleparentdad, writes about a recent visit to Blackpool Pleasure Beach, somewhere I haven’t been since I was 17. Anyway, he has a delightful time with three generations of the family, grandfathers, grandmothers, parents and kids all have a great time together.

I hope you enjoyed this round up. I will be at #BML16 this weekend, as will Tim Liew of the Slouching Towards Thatcham blog and Dave of The_Dadventurer, both of whom also write these dad blogger round ups. Do come and say hello if you happen to be going.

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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.