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“Why doesn’t your wife look after the children?” I was told it was unusual for men to work part time. The part time jobs were more for women

In my previous post, I wrote that I went back to work after 20 months as a Stay-At-Home-Dad (SAHD).  It has certainly been another interesting experience looking for part time work and working part time as a man. When I first dipped my toes back into workforce waters, I found some recruiters here in Switzerland were surprised at my status… Read More »“Why doesn’t your wife look after the children?” I was told it was unusual for men to work part time. The part time jobs were more for women

Travelling with a baby is a unique experience and I could write a book about it

I am a very involved dad who loves to spend time with his baby daughter, so when I realized I could take up to 10 weeks of fully paid shared parental leave, it was a no brainer. Together with my wife, we decided to first go for a long 5-week trip to the USA, and then for her to go… Read More »Travelling with a baby is a unique experience and I could write a book about it

Thank You to all the 2019 Contributors & The A-Z of the Festive Working Parents Survival Guide

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PapaPenguin was born on the Tuesday 19th November 2019 and what a busy month it has been. I never planned to create this site but after my feature on BBC News where I shared my story of taking Shared Parental Leave (one of the 2%), an amazing number of people have connected with me. Some had done the same thing… Read More »Thank You to all the 2019 Contributors & The A-Z of the Festive Working Parents Survival Guide

THE PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL RUN DAD

Papa Penguin spoke to Ian Dinwiddy, Founder of Inspiring Dads, to hear his story of being a “professional” school run dad. Ian has 10 years experience working as a Management Consultant specialising in Operational Change. He has spent seven years combining freelance work with being the primary carer to his children including two stints as a “full time” stay at… Read More »THE PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL RUN DAD

MY VOTE IN THE 2019 GE WAS CENTERED AROUND MY CHILDREN’S FUTURE..LIVE WITH NIHAL ARTHANAYAKE ON BBC RADIO ELECTION RESULT SPECIAL…

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I’ve never been into politics but that changed when I had my children. When BBC Radio spoke to me about my reaction of the election result, I made it clear I was voting on informed choices. Choices that would hopefully have positive impact on my children and the environment. A lot of what I decide to do is centered around… Read More »MY VOTE IN THE 2019 GE WAS CENTERED AROUND MY CHILDREN’S FUTURE..LIVE WITH NIHAL ARTHANAYAKE ON BBC RADIO ELECTION RESULT SPECIAL…

Michael Ray scaled right back on his work commitments because “you never know what tomorrow holds”

Michael Ray is a single parent based in Melbourne. When Papa Penguin heard about his story we wanted to share it with you all. Micheal is self employed and only schedules work around his daughter. He was critically ill and his future wasn’t certain when he separated from his daughters mother. Since then he has scaled right back on his… Read More »Michael Ray scaled right back on his work commitments because “you never know what tomorrow holds”

BBC Asian NETWORK RADIO – BIG DEBATE GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL

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I was invited to attend a BBC Big Debate Election Special on the BBC Asian Network Radio (hosted by Qasa Alom) on Thursday 5th Dec. The following individuals were on the panel (I just about made the panel picture!) Alok Sharma, Conservatives – Secretary of State for International Development (Candidate for Reading West) Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Labour – (Candidate for… Read More »BBC Asian NETWORK RADIO – BIG DEBATE GENERAL ELECTION SPECIAL

be more penguin! a feature on workingdads.co.uk

James Millar, Editor of workingdads.co.uk spoke to Yash following his launch of Papa Penguin. James has over 20 years experience in journalism including five years as Westminster correspondent for The Sunday Post. He’s co-authored two books – The Gender Agenda (JKP 2017) and Dads Don’t Babysit (Ortus Press 2018) and written extensively on the issues of gender and fatherhood. He… Read More »be more penguin! a feature on workingdads.co.uk

From Banking to Babies

I had been working at an Investment Bank for 7 years when we had our first child in 2016. I would describe the culture in the office as progressive and hardworking. Typical days starting between 6 and 7am and finishing up at 7pm or later. Add to that a one hour commute and it left me little time with our… Read More »From Banking to Babies