Soft toys, crafty activities and little ones running left, right and centre. Sounds like your average parent and toddlers group, right? What if this parent and toddlers group had sausage and bacon butties, newspapers to read and only dads and male carers allowed. Not so average anymore, right?
This is ‘Who Let the Dads Out?’
Five years ago, Chesterfield Baptist Church began hosting a toddler group with a difference. Designed to provide a relaxed environment where dads could spend quality time with their children and give mum some well-deserved time off, WLDO runs once a month on a Saturday morning and has between 10 and 16 male carers plus children attending. Dads have also benefited from meeting others who share similar experiences to them.
Organiser, Mick Roberts, remarks ““There has long been a need for a dads and tots group in our local area. When my children were young there was nothing like WLDO about. What I love about the group is that real friendships have formed between the dads. It’s also great fun watching the dads help their kids with the craft activities, something which they wouldn’t normally do at home”.
And the fun doesn’t stop at the end of the group. The guys that attend the group often meet up throughout the month to socialise, do something fun, and most importantly, have a laugh. Pub trips, DIY cooking nights, walks in the Peak District; these are just a few of the activities that guys from WLDO have enjoyed.
Phil, one of the dads who attends the group, commented “When I moved to Chesterfield I didn’t know that many people. WLDO was a great way to find a community; it’s one of the friendliest groups in the area and the functions they put on, like DIY cooking, have been great fun.
Another dad, Ben, remarks “The kids really enjoy the crafts and it’s great for guys to spend some quality time with their kids. The guys here share a lot of similar experiences and because of that there is a good group of friends now”.
So, if you’re a dad or male carer with kids of pre-school age and you have a spare Saturday morning then why not check out Who Let the Dads Out? There’ll be a butty waiting for you!
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DATES FOR 2018