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INSPIRING STORIES: Watford residents contribute to new book on fatherhood

 Published on: 1st June 2021   |   By: Lizzie Ellis   |   Category: Uncategorized

Two fathers from Watford have contributed to a new ground-breaking book about experiences of fatherhood, which is published today (Tuesday, June 1)

DAD: Untold stories of Fatherhood, Love, Mental Health and Masculinity is a collection of stories that represent the diversity of modern fatherhood and seeks to start a conversation that challenges the traditions associated with masculinity.

Book curator Elliot Rae from Watford is the founder of MusicFootballFatherhood, a parenting platform for men, and is a powerful speaker, diversity and inclusion leader.

Elliot said: “This book will help to encourage more open conversations about fatherhood; within families, between friends and with colleagues. This will deepen the understanding of the challenges we face and help us to be more empathetic and supportive of one another.”

Watford based creative manager and father James Roach brings a unique perspective on life and equality, and on just what it means to belong in his contribution to DAD.

James explained: “The book is important because it’s about dads being vulnerable, talking their truths, and laying it all on the line. The stories within it will undoubtedly spark honest conversations between Dads within their peer groups and go some way to helping change the narrative we have around Dads and a culture that we’ve all been used to, which doesn’t promote honest conversation around how we honestly feel.”

DAD includes 20 stories with themes of postnatal depression, becoming a new dad during the pandemic, miscarriage, widowhood, stillbirth, co-parenting, childbirth trauma, work-life balance, new dads at work, shared parental leave, being a stay-at-home dad, gay fatherhood and surrogacy, being a stepdad, black fatherhood, raising a child of dual heritage, being a single dad, faith and fatherhood, raising a child with autism, gender stereotypes and more.

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