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Welcome to The Dad Network – A blog dedicated to the art of Modern Fatherhood.

As the great author, C.S Lewis, once said,

“An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom. From his own father, he said, he first learned that Fatherhood must be at the core of the universe.” [speaking of George MacDonald] Phantastes

The legacy left from father to father has the power to change our futures. Our children need strong, confident dads and for too long there has been a void in recognising the powerful potential in healthy, engaged fatherhood.

The Dad Network seeks to fill this void and offer dads an alternative to those who believe that being dad is more than just babysitting the kids to give mum a break.

Parenthood is a journey filled with indescribable highs and unfathomable lows. Whether you’re feeling joy, contentment, love, anxiety, stress, confusion, excitement, terror or anticipation, it can often be overwhelming. One of the reasons for this, is because of the lack of direction and support offered in today’s society for dads.

So here’s where The Dad Network comes into its own; TDN offers an online hub and support network for dads, like never before.

Aimed at dads, and their unique challenges and perspectives, we explore most things ‘dad.’ From the practical and the emotional to the philosophical and fun, our aim is simple – to uncover the secrets to being a confident dad, and to exhibit how to be the core of our children’s universe.


“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” Antoine François Prévost, Manon Lescaut

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What we do: 

We’re firm believers that there is no such thing as a perfect parent; nor an all knowing oracle that can solve all our parenting problems. The best way to learn, develop and better ourselves is through relationships with others. Other parents. Other dads.

“As irons sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another” Proverbs

“The only source of knowledge is experience” Albert Einstein

We’ve found that the best way of uncovering the secrets to confident parenthood, is to talk with other parents about their experiences and learn from them. We seek to do this in 3 key ways:

  1. Community

    The Dad Network community spans over 100,000 parents worldwide. Whether it’s dads in our private network, dads meeting up locally around the UK, dads gathering once a year in central London for The Dad Network Live or parents following on our social media, we’re committed to starting conversations around modern day fatherhood and how the modern dad is tackling the everyday. Join our community here.

  2. Content

    The Dad Network is all about sharing what works and what doesn’t and we do this through our content; articles surrounding the many parenting issues that dads face as well as useful, relevant, humorous and topical articles on dads lifestyle. We have a range of contributors, from around the world creating a fantastic range of views, opinions and experiences.

  3. The Dad Network Video

    More and more people are watching videos online and we’re tapping into this digital movement by gathering the UK’s finest dad vloggers in one place, all sharing their own unique journey through fatherhood. From parenting hacks, hints and tips to the best Fathers Day gifts to the real thoughts and feelings that go on inside a dads head, this is a great place to visit.

About Al & Jen:

The Dad Network was founded by Al, with the support of his wife Jen. They live in Kent in the UK and have a 22 month old son called Ted who enjoys throwing ping pong balls for most of the day. Al is loving having a little baby it is certainly giving him a lot to write about: every day is a learning curve.

Since starting The Dad Network, the blog has developed a global following that grows daily. Back in September 2014, an “iconic” image from the blog went viral and attracted media interest from the most unlikely places, including Ashton Kutcher himself! It wasn’t us that labelled this photo “iconic” but it is a damn good photo!

As well as writing for The Dad Network, Al & Jen write for BabyCentreUK, The Baby Show and have featured frequently in the media. Click here to find out more.