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For me, meditation, running and my Nintendo Switch have all proved invaluable, at different times.
Meditation hard at certain points when you have had no proper sleep for a while, as an example, but then it is less time consuming to do that for 5-10 minutes than go for a run. So it remains a balancing act. I used to read a lot but now find I either don’t have the time or fall asleep whilst reading. Hopefully I can get back into that at some point in the future.
I can’t help much I’m afraid, but as a Dad to an 18 month old that has certainly in the last few weeks decided he is two, I am keen to see what responses this thread gets :-)
Hey guys, I have been running off an on for the best part of a decade now. Since the Boy came along a year and a half ago it has been super hard to maintain anything regular (had some surgery before that as well, complicating it further) but there is no doubt in my mind that I have more energy (well, energy at all is good right now!) and feel better in myself when I manage to get out and run.
For those that are worried about being slow, or not being able to go far, the couch to 5k has been mentioned in here. As well as that, I cannot reccomend Parkruns enough. They are friendly, welcoming and you can walk the 5k if you want. Plus, for those with older kids, many places do a kids Parkrun on a Sunday, so you could run with your child/children together. They have them all over the place (I am in Surrey and have five withing 30 minutes drive, and I recently did one in the Lake District whilst up there on holiday).
And it is 100% free:
For sure, it’s all ifs buts and maybes. Al clearly felt the change was needed so the change was made. Personally I haven’t come across Mumsnet in everyday use but the figures they have suggest they, if not the name itself, is recognisable so I assume it was felt this would generate more members. Time will tell.
Plus higher numbers don’t equal a more helpful place, but that is an entirely different kettle of fish and one that is much harder to manage!
My first thought when it was announce at the Dad Network was that it would just be seen as a MumsNetspin-off and it would lose some of its originality, though i am not sure that’s the right word. Think I was worried it would just be seen as “oh, someone from MumsNet just made a small Dads one” and I know a few others around me a the time thought the same. Even at that stage it was clear it was happening though so i just kinda shrugged and hoped I was going to be proved wrong. And I still do maintain that hope. And anyway, I work in marketing and I am still to be convinced that a name means very little when trying to build a community, it’s the people that count and that’s what we are here for. Plus Al and all have worked their backsides off for this and Dad Network (gulp) has made me 1000% a better Dad so anything I can do to help/support/not get in the way, I will try to do.
I agree on the sub forums thing but then I know it is also super easy to then have a million sub forums, with about three people posting in each one. So it is a difficult balancing act. I wonder if a General chat/nonsense area, a “your kids” area and then “yourself” area would do it. Terrible names obviously, but hopefully people get the general gist if what I am getting at? Maybe that is too general and there needs to be some middle ground.
I’ll stop waffling now.
Al told me to come here, so this is on him. 40 year old with a one year old. I may have met you at DadCon earlier this year but once the beer tasting started it all got a bit hazy.