Being a Better Dad

Our Mission: To inspire and equip fathers and father figures to engage with their kids

Being a better dad is not rocket science. All fathers and father figures should aim to be effective dads.

At the Fathering Project, we seek to inspire fathers and father figures to become better for the sake of their kids.

The best way to be a better dad is to be aware of the need to spend quality time, to learn how to be better and to regularly practice positive behaviours. Start today by joining our mailing list to receive weekly tips on how to be a better dad.

If you are not living with your children or with their biological mother – it is really important to remember that your journey as a father will affect your kids’ life. It is all about the kids and this is why your journey as a father matters!

Benefits shown from research

Research has shown that fathers also benefit from fathering. Below are some of the benefits:

  • High levels of father involvement are associated with more positive child-father and adolescent-father relationships which are beneficial to both father and child
  • Men who are involved fathers are more likely to feel self-confident and effective as parents and to find parenthood more satisfying
  • Fathers who are involved in their children’s lives are more likely to be more satisfied with life, and to feel less psychological distress, and have greater empathetic understanding of others
  • There is some evidence that men’s emotional involvement with their children can act as a buffer against work related stresses.

Research has also shown that the following attributes can assist the development of a child.

All within the boundaries of values and behaviours clearly conveyed and consistently applied
Developmental Area Characteristics of a Father
Child Development Especially important to impact in the birth – 6 years:

  • Affection
  • Play – rough & tumble
  • Risk
Social Skills & Relationships
  • Accessibility
  • Engagement
  • Responsibility
Mental Health & Self Esteem
  • Warm
  • Supportive
  • Involved
  • Engaged
Tobacco, Drugs & Alcohol
  • Model appropriate behaviour
  • Early conversations
  • Agreed behaviours
  • Convey skills for issue management
School Engagement & Performance
  • Perceptions of importance of school
  • School involvement
  • Father-teacher relationship quality
Bullying
  • Support
  • Low levels of father child conflict
  • Communication
  • Meet child’s friends
Adolescent Sexual Behaviour
  • Manage media ‘sexualisation’ of children
Delinquent Behaviours
  • No convictions by father
  • Appropriate modelling
  • Values
Overweight/Obesity & Physical Activity
  • Own health & wellbeing
  • Verbal encouragement
  • Play with & challenge kids
  • Paying of sports fees
  • Modelling positive behaviours to health & exercise