Happy new year everyone and welcome to the first dad blogger round up of 2016. I hope normality is slowly returning to your household!
So what has been happening on the dad blogger scene recently? John Roberts, who writes the Dadyougeek blog (@Dadyougeek), has started the new year in a reflective mood. He?s written a letter to his daughter acknowledging how she is growing up quickly. He says she must keep chasing her dream to be an A&E doctor with the support of her family. It struck a chord with me as I?ve noticed my two kids develop at a ferocious rate over recent months.
You may also want to check out John?s Behind the Blog project. It?s a new podcast he?s planning aimed at bloggers.
Does a man?s attitude to women change when he has daughters? In the 21st century, is it correct for a man to give up a seat for a woman if she isn?t pregnant? These thorny issues were tackled by Alan Herbert of the Babypinkandtheboys blog.
I?m not in agreement with everything Alan says, but it is a very thought provoking post. I won?t spoil it for you by telling you what conclusion Alan comes to, but do have a read. He raises many interesting points.
After a break from blogging, the amazing adoptive dad Nick King has taken to the keyboard again (Nickkingsworld / @NickKing). Nick featured in my first ever dad blogger round up for BritMums with a review of MegaBloks that had my eyes welling up with tears it was so emotionally charged (I regret I couldn?t find the link or I?d have placed it here). This time Nick writes about the Christmas decorations coming down and his children?s Advent calenders.
This spurs him on to consider the important role calendars had when preparing his two children for the transition from foster care to their new, adoptive family. It makes perfect sense when you read his excellent post (and Nick?s posts generally are just that).
Just before taking a brief blogging break over the Christmas holidays, Al at TheDadNetwork (@thedadnetworkuk) wondered when his life would change. In this post he explains the endless slog of dealing with young kids was getting to him. Even so, he admits that he loves them with a fierceness he never imagined and loves spending time with them. It?s merely the broken sleep, endless tidying up, laundry, constant interruptions and huge sacrifices that have been getting him down (nothing too major then??) For the record, Al has returned to the blogosphere following his few days off.
I?m still in the process of knocking my house back into shape following the Christmas break. I shall have to leave it there for now as I need to get on with some housework and take the decorations down! Thanks for reading and I wish you all the best for 2016.
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.