A considered and thoughtful read from Simon on the ‘Dads Don’t Babysit’ movement. Ed

This time last year, there were a flurry of stories about my daughter and me published around the world. A US writer spotted an angle for a “sweet article about (my) daughter’s outfits”, and that got noticed by the likes of The Independent & Metro in UK, Buzzfeed and ABC Newsin US, and then various outlets across the globe. Radio and TV appearances followed. Perhaps you are reading this because you started following my blog after coming across one of those.

The premise was basically I was an at-home parent letting my (then) 3-year-old daughter choose what she wears every morning. And the outfits were kinda cool and not traditionally ‘girly’.

When I asked, the writers of those articles told me the same thing – what made this story ‘a story’ was the fact that I was a dad of a daughter.

While it was nice to bask in the mostly supportive comments (US conservatives aside – yikes), the fact people were reacting strongly to it highlighted an issue we have with parenting.

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Simon
My name is Simon. Once I was a TV producer. I pretend I still am. In reality I’ve been at home dad to my daughter since 2012, when she was 6 months old. From before she was born, she has had a profound influence on me, and my perspective on the environment I am raising her in. Being at home has also meant I have cooked a lot more. Consequently, this blog is mostly a mixture of my thoughts on fatherhood, feminism, and food. Mostly.