Dad round up; the delights of summer

dadsLooking 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 family, I have to say he’s come up with some very good suggestions.

Tom, from Ideas4Dads, has been on holiday with the in laws. Having done this three years in a row, he has produced a survival guide for dealing with this situation. For some reason a lot of the advice seems to revolve around wee and rest assured that I, for one, will never use Tom’s shower (although you’ll have to read the guide to find out why).

In fact Tom deserves a special mention because he has taken over my monthly BritMums column. His first post was about ways to have fun on the beach with your children. I think it’s a sign of great things to come.

Moving on from holidays, Tony from Disillusioned Dad is overseas but not for pleasure. He’s a military man based in Germany and working through his notice period before returning to civilian life in Britain. To avoid too much upheaval for the family, his wife and kids have returned to the UK in time for the start of the school year in September. Tony, meanwhile, must remain in Deutschland until February.

Not too surprisingly, this is a recurring theme on his blog. It can’t be an easy situation but Tony seems to be coping admirably, Skype proving a vital method of communication between husband, wife and offspring.

Tim, Tom and Tony are all experienced dads. What about a young chap that has no idea how his life is about to change?

Dave at The Dadventurer fits this description perfectly. His other half is set to give birth at any moment and in his latest post, Dave reveals what’s packed in their hospital bags. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading this blog as it bought back many memories from when my first child was born; the endless hours spent doing DIY getting the house ready for her arrival. All part of the parental journey and Dave seems to be doing well.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this round up. More importantly, however, I hope you’re enjoying the summer break. I’ll be back in September.

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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.


  1. 11 August 2014 / 11:52

    Cheers for the mention John and very nicely put.

    I love these round ups, giving me more insight into people I already follow and introducing me to other dads that I’m yet to discover. This dad blogging community has been a saving grace for me and based on the warm welcome I’ve had so far, I’m encouraging everyone to get involved.

    I look forward to seeing so many at Britmums live and of course the LoveAllDads Conference (nudges OneDad3Girls)!

  2. 13 August 2014 / 06:33

    Glad you like the round ups Tony. I too found the blogging community to be very welcoming. Glad you’re enjoying it and see you around soon by the sounds of it.

  3. 13 August 2014 / 13:38

    Thanks for the mention John, much appreciated.

    I’m holding both you and the supermoon responsible for the birth of our little lady earlier than expected after you said I was a dad-to-be 🙂

    Needless to say, after just 3.5 hours between first contraction and baby being born, the vast majority of stuff we were taking to hospital that were outlined in the post you mentioned were not even used!

  4. 30 August 2014 / 07:48

    Glad to hear it all went well Dave. That is one impressively short labour. I’m sure many mums would be very jealous of that!