The Fathering Project aims to inspire and equip fathers and father figures to engage with their kids through shared tips, The Fathering Project Schools’ Group, activities, and events. Our Vision is to ensure every child in Australia has an effective father or father figure.

Five main aims of The Fathering Project

1. To help fathers realise how important they are in a child's life
2. To give fathers advice on how to engage with their children
3. To inspire fathers to get involved with their children - become proactive
4. To develop programs and initiatives to assist with and promote the engagement of fathers
5. To utilise research-based evidence to encourage positive change in fathers

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It's all about the kids

Since its infancy, we’ve engaged with many fathers and father figures across Australia to become better dads for the sake of their children. After all, the main beneficiaries of our work is the children of today and tomorrow – encouraging and leading them to become future citizens and leaders.

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The Fathering Project PKH

The Fathering Project PKH was founded in May 2015. It has been established to specifically tackle the problems of child substance abuse, suicide and self-harm. Through this initiative, the Fathering Project will undertake presentations and courses in schools, workplaces and community groups to educate and provide strategies to fathers and children to create awareness around the topics of child substance abuse, suicide and self-harm.

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Swimming to Rottness for a great cause

Team Indianic, which consists of Will Johns, Scott Deakin, Justin Monaco and Tom Waddell with support crew Jordan Brindle, Jack Brindle and Kyle Pendreigh will all tough it out on the morning of Saturday 27 February 2016. Besides powering to the finish line, they are also eager to fundraise for The Fathering Project.

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About The Fathering Project:

Being a Better Dad.

Being a better Dad is about being present and involved in every stage of your child’s life. Research shows there is a strong causal link between good fathering and the reduced incidence of harmful behaviours such as delinquency, suicide, self-harm and substance abuse. What and who they become tomorrow will be your legacy.

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It's all about the kids.

Fathers have significant impact on the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well‐being of children from infancy to adolescence and with lasting influences into their adult life.

Tips:

Plan your school involvement for the upcoming year

It’s the start of the school year for Australian schools, so they will be asking parents to volunteer their time for many roles, including serving on canteen, assisting teachers in the classroom, helping at working bees, etc. Sit down with your children and agree with them what you will volunteer for, and how often.

Resources:

Take a minute to celebrate ‘The Land Down Under’

Here’s some stellar advice from Tommy Caldwell, one of the top rock climbers on the planet - someone who Kym imagines spent way too much of his formative years hanging off high-points by his fingertips (and maybe being told not to by well-meaning adults).

Podcasts:

Ancient wisdom about being a good dad

There is ancient wisdom around the key factors on how to be a good dad. Listen in to this podcast to hear the story of a dad who showed his son unconditional love.

Activities:

Family Fun: Indoor Ideas

Now we all know that family fun is important, how about some ideas for those days where outside is just too rainy or too hot?

Schools Program:

What is a Fathering Project School Group?

The Fathering Project School Group is formed in your child’s school by fathers and father figures who want to be champions in their child’s life. The group is aimed at being fun, building interaction and knowledge of fathers and father figures of the school to engage themselves more effectively in the lives of their kids.

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The work of The Fathering Project is solely supported by the generosity of our community – people like you. When you donate, you will be supporting our mission to prevent kids from suicide, self-harm and substance abuse. You’ll be supporting our research and schools program. To help us continue our work, please make a donation today.

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“Having a dad that inspired me to work and live to my potential; to make choices so that you get up in the morning and enjoy what you do is a gift that is constantly with me.”

Prof Fiona Wood AM, a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in the area of burns and scar management

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