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Entries Tagged as 'Fatherhood Friday'

On the up

March 4th, 2011 · 7 Comments · boys, church, climbing, Fatherhood Friday, local, oliver, play, sport, steve, things to do with the kids

It’s always good when the lazier elements of our household are persuaded to get off their bottoms and do something active other than watch TV. But enough of me, it’s also good for the kids to be active too. That’s why recently I asked my friend and long-time rock-climber, Chris, whether he thought Oliver was […]

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Fatherhood Institute: “UK lags behind in new family fairness league table”

December 3rd, 2010 · 2 Comments · Fatherhood Friday, gender roles, parenting, politics

UK lags behind in new family fairness league table “First ever international Fairness in Families Index places UK 18 out of 21 countries The UK ranks in the bottom 4 in a groundbreaking new ‘Fairness in Families’ index showing countries’ ability to support equal parenting, launched by the Fatherhood Institute today. UK families get a […]

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Hold on tight to your dream

October 1st, 2010 · 6 Comments · education, Fatherhood Friday, finance, lucy, moving house, oliver, politics, school, stockport

I am picturing a little girl. She has blond hair and blue eyes. She is wearing a polo shirt with her school’s emblem on its breast. Holding a picture she has drawn for me, she shouts “Daddy” as she runs towards me from her classroom, the same classroom in which her brother spent the previous […]

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Complete the following sentence…

September 24th, 2010 · 10 Comments · Fatherhood Friday, music, parenting, Uncategorized

We all love our kids. We work hard to raise them right. We take being parents seriously. And rightly so. But for some of us, there comes a moment when we realize things have gone too far. The moment when you look at yourself and it suddenly dawns that perhaps you are one of “those” […]

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Backwater Blues

August 27th, 2010 · 18 Comments · biking, conversation, Fatherhood Friday, finance, lucy, oliver, work

Oliver kisses me goodbye through the glass panel of the front door (November 2006). If you read Daddy blogs you’ll have read a lot about SAHDs. And there’s no doubting they are at the forefront of changing attitudes to parenting roles. But have you heard of the GTWDs? That’s right, the Go To Work Dads. […]

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New order

June 11th, 2010 · 4 Comments · Fatherhood Friday, house, play, toys

The messy room (before it got completely out of hand) We have a room. A playroom. It is known to us as the “messy room”. Originally this was because it was the room designated for messy play involving paints, sand, water, play-dough or quite possibly all of the above if the kids had their way. […]

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Nothing’s gonna stop us now

June 4th, 2010 · 11 Comments · bike, biking, charity, Fatherhood Friday, hayley, health, illness, medical

Oliver and Lucy at the start, Mummy in background with bike and fellow riders. Being a Dad is not just about what we do ourselves, it is sometimes about supporting the rest of our family in what they want to do. And with that excuse, this Fatherhood Friday I am turning the spotlight on my […]

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A father is for life…

March 19th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Fatherhood Friday, oliver, work

A few months ago I was talking to my Dad with Hayley. As I did, it struck me that the impact of our fathers does not end when we come of age. It struck me that fathers can continue to set an example long after their good conduct might be considered a responsibility. It struck […]

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I am currently out of the office…

March 12th, 2010 · 7 Comments · Fatherhood Friday, oliver, play, things to do with the kids

For this week’s Fatherhood Friday I am not writing a post. I have taken the day off to spend some one-on-one time with my son. We’re going out shortly for lunch and some playtime at a local play-centre. Sounds like a Fatherhood Friday to me!

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