Dad’s the word: how the pandemic got men talking about fatherhood

More men than ever are joining fathers’ groups and showing an interest in what it means to be a dad

When Elliott Rae started his dads’ group Music Football Fatherhood back in 2016, it was just him and a couple of men from work. He didn’t face any negativity exactly, people just didn’t really understand what he was doing, or why he was doing it.

But the last 12 months has seen a massive rise in interest in fatherhood and dads’ groups, he says, as fathers spend more time with their children and look to other dads to help them navigate a path through the twists and turns of parenting.

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