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Adam Riches is a dad, teacher, educational consultant, freelance journalist and blogger at The Honest Dad. He lives with his wife and new born son Eddison. After switching Muay Thai for nappy changing, life has become more and more eventful. Adam writes for a dad's perspective as honestly as possible - Follow him on Instagram (@thehonestdad) and Twitter (@thehonestdad) for daily musings.


There’s lots of support for breastfeeding mums available if you look in the right places. National networks and online sources offer a helping hand when things get tough. Aside from the big guns such as La Leche League, NCT, the NHS, and BabyCentre of course, social media offers more support than you might first give… Read more »

Last weekend, we went to Latitude and we took the baby. Yes, we took a 9-week old to a festival. Before Eddison was born, me and Elissa decided to book a load of things that we love so that when the baby arrived, we still did fun things. At the time it was a great… Read more »

baby on holiday

I’m so excited about our first family holiday. In August, we are driving to France for our friends’ wedding and now we have a little addition, making a holiday of it makes sense. One of the main advantages of driving is we can stop whenever we want and of course, with the car, we have… Read more »

Before I had a child, I expected sleep deprivation, crying and general lifestyle change to be the most difficult elements of parenthood. They are difficult, but nothing in comparison to applying for your child’s first passport. With a couple of little excursions out of the country planned this summer, we obviously needed to get Eddison… Read more »

Bath time is a magical event for me – at the end of a day at work away from my boy, I look forward to giving him a bath and chilling out. We have found that Eddison absolutely loves water, so getting him in the tub has never been an issue. Having a bit of… Read more »

This week, Baby Dove have launched a new marketing campaign that has outraged mums and dads throughout the land. As always, many took to social media to “have their say” on the topic and the very frank open letter from Sarah Turner (The Unmumsy Mum) has gone viral. Have we all misinterpreted the message, or… Read more »

I love being a dad. Like, really love it. I get excited about getting home and spending time with my baby and I don’t care if it sounds soft and stereotypically un-manly. Since my little boy has been born, I have really noticed that dads are often thought to take a back seat role in… Read more »


If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. That’s the approach we adopted with breastfeeding. It is by no means a walk in the park and trust me – no matter what everyone says, it’s tough. The message (even if it is somewhat archaic now) of “breast is best” puts an unprecedented amount… Read more »

Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively

Ryan Reynolds: comedian, film star, husband and an amazing dad. I have to admit; I have a bit of a dad crush on Ryan Reynolds – he cracks me up. His tweets sum up those fatherhood thoughts that you really shouldn’t vocalise and leave me absolutely creasing. Not only this though, Reynolds shows in interviews… Read more »

myths about newborns

Nobody can deny that parenthood isn’t a challenge. One of the toughest things is expectation vs reality and in the run up to your baby being born, you hear so many myths about what to expect…turns out not all of them are true. 1. Work Myth: “Dads have it easy, they get to go back… Read more »

The first month of your baby’s life is simply a baptism of fire. From the second you arrive home with your bundle of joy, you realise life isn’t going to be the same and you’re in for a whole world of worry. Having NEVER been around babies before having my own, I was a bit… Read more »

Baby carriers are not something that I ever (and I mean ever) envisaged myself owning. Until we actually had a baby, I didn’t realise how hard it is to get things done with a baby in hand. My naïve first-time-dad brain didn’t comprehend just how much newborn babies move, wiggle and jiggle, making jobs around… Read more »

Tattoos are like Marmite – you either love them or hate them. For years, tattoos had negative connotations and were associated with crime, especially in western culture. More recently however, tattoos have gone  mainstream. About one in five of the UK population as a whole is tattooed and a whopping one in three young adults… Read more »

With Father’s Day fast approaching, time is running out to get a gift for the dad of the house. It can be hard to decide on what to buy – do you go practical? Sentimental? Or do you get the baby something and pretend it’s for dad? Here are a few ideas if you’re stuck…. Read more »

An emergency c-section isn’t something you plan for and of course by definition, is something that comes as a final resort. As a dad and husband, I had no idea what to expect as my wife was recovering in the hospital bed after surgery to get the baby out – I kind of wish I… Read more »

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