The Dad Network Forum 

“At what age can you take a baby camping?”

“How can you soothe a teething baby?”

“My wife is hormonal and tired and I don’t know how to help her?”

“My partner won’t wake up for the baby!”

“Is it ethically wrong for football teams to spend £55m on 1 player?”

“What’s the best gadget every dad should have?”

“What should I buy my husband for his birthday?”

“Which car seat is the best?”

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get all your questions answered? Well, keep reading…

As many of you will know, we run a private Facebook group just for dads. That group now has over 1100 members, and it’s certainly become my go-to place for any advice, questions and dad conversations. (I used to Google, now I ask the group!) We chat mainly about parenting, but all kinds of other things too;  FIFA, advice on relationships, gadgets etc. It’s a great place to just be ourselves. (Someone described it as the online pub!)

Anyway, this group has been hugely successful in supporting dads and providing a place for support and encouragement. (For me too!) In light of this success, we’ve created a parent forum too. Not just for dads, but for parents. Of course, there is a section just for dads, but we wanted to make a space for all parents to be able to share and communicate with each other. So….. The Dad Network Forum has been born!

Forum

It’s really easy to use. Either use the link in our menu bar, or click this link. We’ve created a few general forums to get it started, but now it’s down to you to create your own topics. Whatever is on your parenting mind, share it/ask it/state it/show it.

The aim of the forum is simple; to encourage & support each other on our parenting journeys.

We’d like to ask you to help us promote and share the forum with other parents. Invite your twitter followers, your FB friends, your NCT buddies… The more people that join in, the better the support for us all.

Lastly, all forums are at risk of people abusing them. It’d be great if you could take 2 minutes to cast your eye over our forum rules here.

I look forward to chatting to you more in the forum.

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44 Comments

  1. Mathew Lajoie 2 September, 2015 / 10:29 pm

    Loving the forum! Great add to TDN buddy. Congrats!

  2. Sarah Howe 5 September, 2015 / 6:31 am

    Ah great idea again Al. The support I have got from blogging and the online community is just fab so setting up this forum should really be a great help. Thanks for hosting the linky xx

  3. Luke Strickland 5 September, 2015 / 6:53 am

    Good idea – will try and find a moment to check it out! #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 10:01 am

      Thanks Ali. Hope to see you in the forum too :)

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 10:01 am

      Thank you very much :)

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 10:01 am

      Thank you so much. I hope to see you over in the forum :)

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 10:01 am

      Thank you. You and your experiences would be a good help to others though I am sure :)

  4. Catie 5 September, 2015 / 9:45 am

    Fantastic idea! I’ll be sure to check it out and good luck! #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 10:00 am

      Great. Look forward to chatting in the forum :)

  5. Kelly Edwards 5 September, 2015 / 10:26 am

    What a great idea! I really hope it starts to become a useful resource for parents without pesky trolls! #Bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 10:00 am

      HA! Thank you. no trolling on my watch ;)

  6. JOhn Adams 5 September, 2015 / 11:30 am

    A natural extension of what The Dad Network does. Well done on launching this. I’ll be heading over in the next day or so. Thaks for hosting #BigFatLinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:59 am

      Thanks John. I appreciate that.

  7. Helena Ashworth 5 September, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    What a fantastic idea. Thanks for setting this up.

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:59 am

      Thank you. I hope you will join us in the forum :)

  8. Jennifer 5 September, 2015 / 1:52 pm

    Great topics and a great idea! #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:59 am

      Thank you. I hope that you will join us in the forum :)

  9. Random Musings 5 September, 2015 / 1:56 pm

    Great idea for a group, good luck with it :) Thanks for hosting the #bigfatlinky
    Debbie

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:59 am

      Thank you. I hope you will join us :)

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:58 am

      SOON many questions. And I want to steer my wife away from google and all the horror stories!! ;)

  10. Becky, Cuddle Fairy 5 September, 2015 / 4:38 pm

    Great idea to create a forum. Congrats on having such a successful facebook group, I’m sure this will take off too! #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:58 am

      Thank you. Fingers crossed :)

  11. Sophie @ Mum, M & More 5 September, 2015 / 8:29 pm

    Great idea, and I am sure it will be a great place to find out what presents to buy men..I always struggle!! :-)

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:57 am

      HA! Always happy to try and help with that one.

  12. Emma's Mamma 5 September, 2015 / 9:31 pm

    Great idea! I’m telling my husband :) #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:57 am

      Thank you. There is a FB group for him and then the forum for you both. No-one’s left out ;)

  13. A Moment with Franca 5 September, 2015 / 9:36 pm

    Congratulations on having a successful Facebook Group! Good luck with the forum, I’m sure it will go far too!! Thanks for hosting this linky, :-) xx

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:55 am

      Thank you. I hope to see you in there at some point :)

  14. Becky (@attwtwo) 6 September, 2015 / 9:34 am

    What a great idea! I end up googling everything but tend to end up reading very old threads and often they are unresolved so I don’t actually get any answers! This sounds like a great way to get feedback and advice about your specific situation rather than one which is similar that someone posted in an online forum four years ago! #bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:55 am

      Yes hopefully that is exactly how it will be. Thank you for your support :)

  15. Nige 6 September, 2015 / 3:29 pm

    Great idea Al already checked it out thanks for hosting

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:54 am

      Great mate. Thank you :)

  16. Mummy Fever 6 September, 2015 / 4:08 pm

    What a super idea – congratulations! #biffatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:54 am

      Thank you. I hope you will join us :)

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:54 am

      Exactly. Thank you. I hope you will join us :)

  17. Adrian 7 September, 2015 / 7:29 pm

    Thanks for setting this up Al – off to sign up
    #Bigfatlinky

    • Al Ferguson 9 September, 2015 / 9:54 am

      Great. Look forward to talking to you in there :)

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