When will the media ever get dads right?

In my eight years of writing this blog, I've published regular rants about the media's representation of dads. And while I genuinely think that we're in the early stages of a cultural shift in thinking, it's agonisingly slow. Two news stories about dads caught my eye this week. They were opposite viewpoints of something very similar ...

Why we should finally call time on dad bashing

As a parent blogger, I receive a lot of press releases about kids' books. One that arrived recently really stood out. At first for good reasons and then quite the opposite. The book in question features rhyming verse and colourful illustrations about fathers looking after their kids. "Brilliant!" I thought. "A title that celebrates hands-on dads!" ...

The day we lost our library

Today was a sad day. We learned that, despite council tax increases, our local library - as well as six others in the county - is to close. For the last few months, I've been campaigning with a group of like-minded school parents to keep it open. We've worked really hard petitioning, raising awareness and encouraging ...

Why the ‘Share the joy’ parental leave campaign misses the point

The Government has today launched a new initiative aimed at increasing the uptake of shared parental leave. Unfortunately, the 'Share the joy' campaign misses the point. When I read the headlines this morning, I naively thought that some much-needed policy change was on the way. Sadly not. It's just raising awareness of a pre-existing option that ...