2016 : Year of the Dad

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.

Year of the Dad

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.


Join us as we dispel outdated myths about dads and celebrate the unsung multitudes already embracing their potential as caregivers and role models at the centre of their children’s lives.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


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!


  1. Fi Ni neachtain
    12 March 2016

    It’s great that fathers these days are getting equal parenting rights. I’d like to think my other half is a modern day dad, he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty or do some baby wearing and for that I’m grateful.

  2. 12 March 2016

    i think its fab how the world is adjusting now.. today i filled in a survey about shared maternal leave for parents when there have babys, so dads having the options of staying home aswell as the mums.. which im all for 🙂 xx

  3. 12 March 2016

    What a fabulous idea. I have to say that Dad’s are more hands on with raising children in my experience these days

  4. 12 March 2016

    Great idea – The belief and stigma around dads and their kids is unbelievable at times!

  5. 13 March 2016

    I couldn’t agree with this more. My father was absent and sadly so was my eldest son’s. It was for the best in those situations but it is a real shame we both didn’t experience positive male role models

  6. 13 March 2016

    If I had kids, I’d certainly want my partner to be as involved as possible, so this sounds like a great project.

  7. 14 March 2016

    glad things are getting more equal on both sides. Would be good if it was the whole UK x

  8. 14 March 2016

    It’s so important to have dads more involved with their kids’ lives. Tbh, my husband needs to take note – although his worst trait is not taking time off. So he’ll take N out on the farm (while he works), but won’t take time off for a family day out or holiday. And he’s not once done the school run or nursery pick up. If I’m struggling to do it he’ll get his sister in law to do it or his mum! Rubbish

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