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Before becoming parents, holidays were nothing short of epic. No responsibilities. No interruptions. Just an exercise in pure, unadulterated relaxation, long lie-ins and all day cocktail tasting by the pool (i.e. utter bliss!). But as you may have already experienced, holidays with toddlers can be something of a (let’s just say) ‘different’ experience. Sure it’s still lovely to get away from it all for a few days, but packing for a toddler and preparing everything for a week or two away from home requires some (and I’m not… View Post

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Judging by the picture perfect parents we’re bombarded with by baby brands and advertising executives on an almost daily basis, you’d be excused for thinking that parenting was the easiest job in the world. But as the initiated amongst us know, the realities of parenting are somewhat less perfect, less sugar-coated and decidedly less airbrushed. For instance, I’ve yet to come across a new parent who smiles their way through another toxic nappy change. Or a mum who looks fresh as a daisy (with a full face of… View Post

The post The realities of parenting…20 hilarious illustrations that show what parent life is really like! appeared first on YOU THE DADDY.

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As boys we are programmed from a young age to behave a certain way. Big boys don’t cry. Man up. Don’t be a girl. That’s gay. Only girls talk about their feelings. Be a man! It’s no wonder that, as a group, we are far less likely than women to talk about our mental health with friends and family, or consider seeking the help and support we might need. Research suggests that new dads are particularly vulnerable in this area, and are more likely to experience mental heath conditions during… View Post

The post Are you there for him? A poem to get us talking about dads’ mental health appeared first on YOU THE DADDY.

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So, it’s official. We’re pregnant again! Which means come November (or probably sooner given our track record), we’ll be back where we started; knee deep in newborn nappies, nipple cream and breast pumps. Never ending sterilising sessions, obsessive swaddling and sleepless nights. But this time, with a potty training toddler in tow… It’s going to be a challenge for sure, but we couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come! Although, I must admit, my initial reaction on being told we were pregnant for the second time was… View Post

The post We’re having a(nother) baby! My reaction on finding out… appeared first on YOU THE DADDY.

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When it comes to sex positions, we pretty much all know what we’re doing. And even if we don’t, there are plenty of ‘educational’ videos online and instruction manuals like the Kama Sutra and The Joy of Sex to ensure we’re suitably prepared. However, when it comes to the taboo subject of birthing positions, the guidance that’s publicly available to prospective parents is somewhat lacking… While the leaflet of birthing positions (that many of you will be familiar with from hospital midwife appointments and NCT classes) is not dissimilar… View Post

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My wife Rosie is, without doubt, the most amazing mum to our little boy Teddy. During the working week, while I’m stuck in the office, she gives him constant love and attention, from the second he wakes up in the morning to the moment she tucks him into bed each night. And throughout this gruelling 12 hour shift, somehow she manages to remain jolly, patient and fun for Teddy, while still running errands, cooking, cleaning and generally keeping the house from burning down. She’s nothing short of amazing… View Post

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As a working dad, I often feel guilty that I’m something of an absent father to my son. Leaving for work long before he wakes up every morning and coming home long after he’s fallen asleep each night, means the only real time we spend together is over the weekend. A sad state of affairs but, being the main breadwinner of the family, it’s one that’s unlikely to change as he grows older. Because of this, I often worry that the fatherly influence I have on my son’s… View Post

The post Folded Wisdom – one father’s love for his children, expressed in 3,500 handwritten notes appeared first on YOU THE DADDY.

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When we think about our children’s nutrition, nothing but the best will do. We keep them away from calorific fizzy drinks, turkey twizzlers and sugary sweet treats. We mash, puree and chop vegetables into miniscule pieces before discreetly hiding them in their meals to make sure they’re getting their five a day. We’ll literally do anything we can possibly think of to make sure they’re eating right But when it comes to our own wellbeing, as parents we are often too stretched for time and entirely focused on… View Post

The post Why won’t you drink your milk? A poem for health-conscious parents… appeared first on YOU THE DADDY.

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One of my greatest regrets since becoming a father was not taking shared parental leave when I had the chance. Like many new dads before me, not fully aware of what I was legally entitled to and worried about how a long stint off work might be perceived by my boss, I lumped for the standard two weeks paternity leave. Two weeks to bond with our new baby and figure out what kind of dad I wanted to be (before returning to work and having to resort to… View Post

The post Why dads aren’t taking up shared parental leave (but why we all should) appeared first on YOU THE DADDY.

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Since my dear old mum is an avid reader of this blog, sex is a topic that I have (so far) refrained from writing about on YOU THE DADDY (for the record, in case she’s reading this, I’ve only done it once, and even then it was purely for procreative reasons). However, in every lovely relationship, sex is hugely important and something we should all be talking about more openly. So, to save my blushes (and ensure my mother doesn’t look at me differently from here on out),… View Post

The post Sex after having a baby: 7 things that mums want dads to know appeared first on YOU THE DADDY.

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