Did you know that 2016 is the Year of the Dad? It is, in Scotland, thanks to the Fathers Network Scotland, a “young, dynamic and respected” charity.

Both the Year of the Dad and the Fathers Network Scotland websites provide a great deal of advice and resources for the modern day Dad. This ranges from an explanation on employment options to advice on legislation that assists Fathers.

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It isn’t anecdotal evidence that they’re relying on to put forward their ideas. They have research bodies such as the University of Edinburgh on board to shape their parenting policies. There is a depth to the philosophy. Clearly, a lot of work has been carried out by Fathers Network Scotland since its inception in 2008.

There is a focus on the responsibilities of shared parenting in the modern workplace. With the advent of shared Maternity / Paternity leave, employers have to get to grips with the fact that there is work to be done to address the equality required to meet the demands of a family in 2016.

But it’s the children that are at the forefront. Quotes like

Research overwhelmingly shows how children and women benefit from the positive involvement of fathers.

and

Join us as we dispel outdated myths about dads and celebrate the unsung multitudes already embracing their potential as caregivers and role models at the centre of their children’s lives.

pepper both of the sites.

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They also spell out their vision and mission.

Our vision is for a safe and compassionate Scotland where all children, their families and communities are enriched and strengthened through the full and welcome involvement of their fathers.

Our mission is to drive positive cultural change by inspiring organisations, communities and individuals to engage, support and empower men to be the fathers they want to be.

As a father of four, it’s refreshing to see that there is an organisation like Fathers Network Scotland and an initiative like the Year of the Dad pushing forward to highlight the changing role of Dads in the family, in the workplace and in raising their children. Long gone are the days of men not showing their emotions or not being part of their child’s welfare. Men do want equality in parenting roles, and that can only be a good thing for their children and their partners.

Join the Fathers Network Scotland as they seek the very best for Scotland’s families!