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First Time Dads

Two first time dads - Daily Mirror journalists Richard Innes and Steve Myall - discuss the joys, challenges and general lunacy of raising your first child and supporting a first-time mum… and ask some famous faces and qualified experts for advice along the way. Nominated in Best Podcast category at 2018 Online Media Awards.

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So… everything you think you know about baby sleep is pretty much wrong

You know how we all struggle to get our kids to sleep? Turns out it's because we've all been doing it wrong.Both exhausted thanks to their children refusing to go down at night, Steve and Rich invited Sarah Ockwell-Smith - renowned parenting author and mother of four - onto the podcast to discuss her extensive scientific research into the art of getting babies to sleep.After a long chat about lighting, sound, sociology, evolution, physics and everything in between, both Steve and Rich are still reeling from her many revelations… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

53mins

12 Feb 2018

Rank #1

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Doctor Daddy: Top paediatrician explains what Dads can do when their baby's unwell

Rich and Steve are joined by Dr Zeshan Qureshi from King's College Hospital to discuss the role of dad in looking after a sick kid - and offer some tips on what to do when your baby falls ill For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

42mins

30 Oct 2017

Rank #2

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Why parenthood means your relationship is doomed

Bit dramatic, right? Sadly, according to the research Matt Farquharson has done, we now have indisputable proof that having kids will ensure your relationship will be properly, irredeemably f***ed. Matt - better known as Papa Pukka, the husband of Mother Pukka - joins Stave and Rich to explain how he built this (largely depressing) case for his new book and explains the differences between how men and women experience the joys of that marriage and parenthood. He also outlines the campaign he and wife are fighting to make sure flexible working is more widely available to dads across Britain. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

43mins

25 Sep 2019

Rank #3

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How much does how you act in front of your baby determine who they are?

Have you ever wondered how much damage you might be doing to your child if you shout in front of them?Have you every worried that, by getting angry in front of your little one, you have psychologically scarred them in some way?You are not alone.Rich and Steve have asked themselves those questions on many occasions - so they invited clinical psychologist Dr Lucy Maddox onto the podcast to give them some answers.Lucy, author of Blueprint: How Our Childhood Makes Us Who We Are, reveals the often fascinating truth about attuned parenting, attachment and the importance of the early days in determining the person your baby will become. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

42mins

23 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 50! Time to look back at our best bits

Steve and Rich celebrate reaching episode number 50 by looking back at the best bits of First Time Dads so far. The guys also explain why, with Steve heading off on shared parental leave, this will be the last episode for a while.But fear not, devoted listeners - First Time Dads will be back soon... For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

16mins

31 Dec 2018

Rank #5

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How to make sure parenthood doesn't ruin your relationship

Bev Turner discovered she was pregnant as her husband James Cracknell lay stricken in hospital with a life-threatening brain injury. She joins Rich and Steve to reveal how she learned the importance of parents sticking together - and why the arrival of kids shouldn't mean the end of your love life For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

44mins

11 Dec 2017

Rank #6

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Dad rights: Tim Lovejoy on raising girls, parental equality and life as a single father

TV star Tim Lovejoy - father to twin 15 year-old girls and a four year-old daughter - joins Steve and Rich to talk about how paranoia has crept into parenting… and about the struggle to find equality for both mum and dad For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

42mins

8 Jan 2018

Rank #7

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Why the end of summer is bad news for fathers… and what season three has in store

We're back! Steve and Rich discuss their respective summers and come to the joint conclusion (just about) that it's only going to get more difficult as winter approaches. The guys also let you in on what's to come in this season of First Time Dads, with a whole host of interviews with celebrities and experts already in the bag. Enjoy!    For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

22mins

5 Sep 2019

Rank #8

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Alun Wyn Jones on being a hard man at work and a soft dad at home

Alun Wyn Jones is a rugby legend. As Wales captain and HUGE second row forward (he's 6ft 5ins), a big part of the Grand Slam winner's job is physically overpowering other huge men. So, as father to two little girls, how does he switch from that tough guy persona to the big cuddly daddy he is at home? In this exclusive chat, Alun explains to Rich and Steve why making that switch isn't as difficult as it sounds - and outlines how being a dad can actually help you lead a dressing room of international rugby players… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

27mins

11 Sep 2019

Rank #9

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Bare minimum parenting: Why lazy dads make the best fathers

Parenting is a stressful business - but does it need to be as stressful as we often make it?The short answer is no, it REALLY doesn't.In this episode, Steve and Rich talk to James Breakwell, the man behind the phenomenally successful Twitter account @XplodingUnicorn. James now has more then ONE MILLION followers keeping tabs on his posts about being a dad to four young girls in Indianapolis, USA.And it's James' extremely 'laid back' approach to parenting which has made him so popular that his new book, Bare Minimum Parenting: The Ultimate Guide to Not Quite Ruining Your Child, is set to be a huge hit. Take a listen to the Skype chat the guys had with James and you will soon see that a) you don't need to worry so much about your parenting b) all dads are essentially narcissists and c) lazy parents rock. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28mins

12 Oct 2018

Rank #10

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The first aid tricks every parent should know

Do you know what to do if you child starts choking? Do you think you know the best way to deal with a screaming kid who's just been sting by a bee?Chances are you probably THINK you do - but you might be wrong. For this episode, Steve and Rich invited Jenni Dunman, the founder of Daisy First Aid (who offer fun, fear-free classes to parents and carers), to come into the studio for a chat about to handle loads of common First Aid situations for kids. And as Rich quickly found out, the potentially life-saving advice isn't always what you would assume… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

29mins

18 Sep 2019

Rank #11

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Big talk with little people: Best-selling children's author Oliver Jeffers reveals how to explain the world to your kids

Oliver Jeffers - the artist and author who has sold a remarkable 10 MILLION kids' books - talks to Rich and Steve about communicating big ideas to your little ones For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

30mins

20 Nov 2017

Rank #12

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Being at the birth: Why no man should miss the main event

It's stressful, exhausting and mind-bendingly surreal… but it's also one of the most amazing, important experiences you will ever have.So, why is it that until just a few decades ago, it was widely accepted that most men would NOT be at the birth of their child?Steve and Rich share their (very different) experiences of watching their kids being born and remind themselves - and hopefully a few of you - why being there to welcome your kid into the world is something no man should miss. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

31mins

25 Jun 2018

Rank #13

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How to help your mental health from suffering

It's very common to struggle with anxiety, feelings of isolation and mental health issues after having children. But talking to other parents and listening to others share their experiences has helped Steve and Rich.In this episode, Annie Belasco from the PANDAS Foundation offers some tips about how to cope when the nursery walls close in, following research by Little Freddie baby food brand revealing that 73% of parents admit struggling with mental health after becoming a parent for the first time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28mins

4 Jun 2019

Rank #14

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Feeding the baby: Annabel Karmel explains how to turn your child into a healthy, happy eater

Is dinner time a nightmare in your house? Struggling to get your child to eat anything decent? Baby food guru Annabel Karmel - author of 44 cookbooks for little ones - tells Steve and Rich how dads can teach their children to love food For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

37mins

27 Nov 2017

Rank #15

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We're on our holibobs

Steve and Rich are having a little time off for the summer, but before they do here's a quick episode to tease some of the amazing guests lined up for the next season of the podcast. See you in September! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

4mins

15 Aug 2019

Rank #16

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The expectant dad getting parenting advice from Tom Cruise

You probably remember Tim Vincent as the guy who presented Blue Peter back in the 1990s.What you might NOT know about Tim Vincent is that a) he is now a famous host of big TV shows in America like Access Hollywood, b) he regularly interviews the world's biggest stars and c)… he is about to become a dad for the first time.At the age of 45.And he's having twins.And he and his partner have been together for less than a year.Yikes.Given all that, Steve and Rich invited Tim onto the podcast to discuss life as an expectant dad and how he is jumping headfirst into fatherhood. The guys talk about what Tim is learning from NCT classes (and what he isn't), the insane amount of baby kit he has bought so far, the differences between expectant fathers in the UK and the US and the dad tips he has received from Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and James Corden.As you do… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

36mins

14 Sep 2018

Rank #17

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What we're teaching our sons… and what they're teaching us

Did previous generations of dads question their parenting skills quite as much as we do? Did fathers in years gone by wonder about the lessons they're teaching their children in the way we do?In short, do we make our lives WAY more difficult than they need to be?Author Owen Booth - writer of the brilliant new book What We're Teaching Our Sons - joins Steve and Rich to talk about the unique challenges of being a dad in the 21st century. The guys chat about how you find the balance between trying to be a better man and being, well, just a bloke. They even end up asking if the lack of a world war in our lifetime might have something to do with our generation's different approach to parenting… For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

35mins

16 Nov 2018

Rank #18

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Sir Michael Morpurgo on why a grandparent's role can be a tricky one

Anyone who thinks it's just the parents who raise a child these days is kidding themselves. For the vast majority of new parents, having a collection of willing grandmas and grandads on hand for advice/babysitting is not just helpful - it's essential.However, that poses its own challenges. Where and how should grandparents get involved in the actual parenting of a child?Sir Michael Morpurgo - the 75 year-old grandfather and renowned children's author who wrote War Horse - joins Steve and Rich to see if they can figure out the answer to that notoriously tricky question.They also discuss just how dramatically the idea of fatherhood has changed since Sir Michael raised his own children and the remarkable lessons Sir Michael has learned from his autistic grandson, the inspiration behind his new book Flamingo Boy. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

41mins

17 Dec 2018

Rank #19

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Why you can't prepare for baby number two

Rich and Steve spend the first episode of their second series finding out if Rich is ready for his second child, who is due to arrive any day now. The short answer: he really, really isn't. The slightly longer answer: there is no real way any dad can EVER be ready for the madness of dealing with two… and accepting that fact is half the battle For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

28mins

29 May 2019

Rank #20