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Fathering Instinct

Ditch the Dad … call me Papa!

The word “Dad” is under threat. Millennial hipsters see “Dad” as well past its sell‑by date. Instead, they want to be known as “Papa”.
And someone has taken that same debate one step further with remarks that “mothering” and “fathering” should now be treated as “outdated” words. We should all just speak instead of “parenting” and so recognise the equal responsibility and contribution expected from both parents.
But there still are distinct areas for mothers and fathers. And there is a new and suitably modern dimension to the father-son relationship, too. We have collected few inspiring examples:

Jamie Oliver – The 43-year-old television chef, campaigner and business entrepreneur insists that, for him, “family is at the heart of everything”. Turning 40, he said, had made him even more paternal about his five kids.

Chris Pratt – ‘I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor… I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy’. In the middle of starring in the Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, Chris found time to take Jack fishing for barracuda.

Fred & Noah – Fred is the owner of Print Club London, a limited edition screen printing studio in East London. Him and Noah like going to the park on sunny days, Scalextrics on rainy days and going to the cinema on lucky days. Noah’s favourite things are riding his bike and beating Fred at cards. Fred likes doing pretty much the same thing but maybe with a gin and tonic.

Jim Gaffigan – Gaffigan wrote a whole book titled “Dad is Fat.” As his kids grow up, he continues to share hilarious gems about parenting, like this great reaction to his daughter’s drawing ‘My sweet 8 year old daughter drew this for me. Now I’m selling it to the highest bidder. ’

Andrew & Giacomo – Andrew is the founder of Jack&Me. During a particularly frustrating shopping trip to buy shoes for young Giacomo, the idea of high quality shoes for fathers and their sons set seed. Giacomo (the original Jack to Andrew’s Me) enjoys what most boys enjoy – sport, bikes, days out, holidays and time with his old man.

Stuart & Alfie & Dylan – Suart is the Executive Creative Director of branding agency DesignStudio (“I colour in for a living”) and believes that everything should be fun…otherwise what’s the point in doing it? Him, Alfie (named after his granddad) and Dylan (named after Bob) like to make exploding volcanoes together and to go BMXing. Alfie and Dylan’s favourite things are black holes, Stephen Hawking, art and…girls…maybe.

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