From MFF, the parenting and lifestyle platform for men, comes ‘Dad’, an inspiring new anthology of stories representing the diversity of modern fatherhood.
Dad: Untold Stories of Fatherhood, Love, Mental Health and Masculinity is a compilation of 20 powerful stories from real fathers who have come together to tell their unfiltered truths about a range of topics that sadly, are not talked about enough.
When it comes to discussing postnatal depression, becoming a new dad, miscarriage, widowhood, stillbirth, co-parenting and childbirth trauma, we often dwell on things from the female perspective.
The group of men in Dad bravely tackle all of the above, in addition to other topics like shared parental leave, being a stay-at-home dad, gay fatherhood and surrogacy, being a stepdad, Black fatherhood, faith and much more.
The team behind Dad is MFF, which stands for MusicFootballFatherhood. Founded by Elliot Rae, MFF has been described as the ‘Dad’s version of Mumsnet’ by the BBC. With their aim of providing a space and community for dads to have open conversations around fatherhood, this book will go a long way to opening up conversations about real life situations that typically gets brushed under the carpet.
Speaking about the importance of Dad, Elliott Rae said: “This is a ground-breaking book. A movement. Never before has a group of men come together to bare their souls and speak so openly and honestly about their fatherhood experiences. This book aims to encourage better dialogue between colleagues, friends, and especially within families, between husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, dads and children.
“We know that men and dads don’t always have the space to speak openly about their experiences. We believe Dad can change the world and move forward the conversations around fatherhood, masculinity, mental health and gender equality.”
Recent stats show how imperative it is that we listen to our men and the fathers in our lives. Suicide remains the biggest killer of men under the age of 45, and 12.5% of men in the UK suffer from depression and anxiety. The pandemic and lockdown haven’t helped and when you add being a new dad to the mix, along with the financial and work pressures that could come along with it, this huge life change can have a significant impact.
“It was extremely important to make sure underrepresented voices, ordinary people whose stories often go unheard, are now listened to and part of the mainstream conversation.
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“Each chapter will take you on a journey; you will be immersed in that dad’s world. Underlying each of the dad’s stories is a persistent and driving force of love, defiance, humility and strength to be the best fathers they can be for their families.”
Dad will be published on 1 June 2021 and will initially be published in hardback and ebook form with the audiobook and paperback to follow.