Let’s do more to prepare men for the most important job they’ll ever have. Fatherhood.
Today is International Men’s Day, and we’re marking it by launching some resources that could be a big help to dads, and the services around them.
Becoming Dad is our new guide for expectant and new fathers, published with the Mental Health Foundation and available for free from today.
Dads can access the guide directly by registering here. If you work with families we’d love you to share the link with them. To request your own copy, just send us an email.
Our new training brochure
We’re also launching a new training brochure for 2021-22. Our trainers can work with you to help make your father-engagement more systematic and impactful. Our courses, including several focused on supporting men’s transition to fatherhood, help you engage more effectively, and provide high quality support to men as they work out how to become the best dad they can be. Download the brochure and watch our 1-minute promo clip here.
Engaging with new dads matters now more than ever. Our new report, Dads Shut Out – also published today – shows how men’s exclusion from maternity care during the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted negatively on men themselves, and on new mothers and babies. Check out the infographic below – and click here for the full story.
Time with Dad
We’ve updated our Time with Dad campaign page, so you can see the breadth of our ongoing activities, aimed at improving support for fathers after the pandemic: including the family services focused work described above, and much more. In case you haven’t already, do please take a look, join the network and get involved.
Flexible working for dads: have your say
The Government is consulting on plans to give employees the right to request flexible working from Day 1 of their employment. Along with our partners in the Flex for All campaign (including the TUC, Pregnant Then Screwed, Mother Pukka and Young Women’s Trust), we want to tell the Government its plans don’t go far enough. Find out more and add your voice to the consultation here.
And finally…just in case you were in any doubt about that supporting dads can have an impact, you may be interested in this article from The Conversation. It reports on two studies by neuroscientists at the University of Essex. One found that fathers who are positive about their parenting abilities, and about fatherhood in general, are better at getting ‘in sync’ with their youngsters during shared activities. The other found differences in the volume of the ‘positive’ dads’ hypothalamus (a part of the brain associated with caregiving and nurturing), compared to less confident dads. Does hypothalamus volume predict how good men are at being dads, or does wanting to be a good dad lead to increased hypothalamus volume? We don’t know yet. But either way, building dads’ confidence feels like, if you’ll excuse the pun, a no-brainer…