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Some great resources for families.


Fathers - changing behaviour, changing expectations, changing services

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Parenting is important to men, and dads are important to their children. Over the past fifty years some striking changes have taken place. Today’s dad is no longer always the stereotyped married breadwinner and disciplinarian in the family. Whilst some biological fathers don’t do fathering, other non-biological fathers can and do e.g. grandfathers/uncles, foster fathers, adoptive fathers and stepfathers. He can be single or married; externally employed or a stay-at home dad; gay or straight; an adoptive or stepparent - and well capable of caring for children facing physical or psychological challenges. Whoever and whatever they are, more is now expected of dads and the changes are remarkable.

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Making time for your kids

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Change the shape of your week

Sometimes small changes can make a big difference to the amount of time you can spend with your children. Leaving for work half an hour earlier or later might enable you to make a routine of sharing breakfast, or doing bathtimes. Even if you can only manage it once or twice a week, it’ll be really worthwhile.

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Myths about dads

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The idea that women make better parents than men, and that men have to be dragged kicking and screaming into parenthood, is underpinned by a number of myths.

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Negotiating your work life balance

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Over recent decades, dads and mums have been sharing the earning and caregiving that are part and parcel of modern parenting, like never before.

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Supporting your child's education

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As busy parents we’re forever being told we should be doing more to turn our children into healthy, well-adjusted adults: feed them more vegetables, limit how much TV they watch, monitor their internet usage.

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Supporting your child's health

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Smoking

You already know smoking is bad for you – and becoming a dad is the perfect opportunity to do what you know is right, and give up.

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The difference a dad makes

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Historically, dads have been more actively involved in their children’s lives than many people believe – but the 1950s ‘mum knows best’ ideal remains fixed in our collective consciousness.

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Time off for the baby

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If you’re an expectant father, or the partner of a pregnant woman, you’re entitled to time off work to help you prepare for becoming a dad, and get involved in the all-important first year of your baby’s life.

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Why dads matter as children mature

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There are all sorts of ways in which your positive involvement in your child’s life can help them as they grow up.

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Why dads matter before during and after birth

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During pregnancy

  • The better the relationship between a pregnant woman and her partner, the lower the woman’s stress levels. Maternal stress is associated with low birth weight, preterm birth and child behavioural and emotional problems.
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