Being a good father starts with a good mother

“My father was a bit of a role model but he was more distant than my mother was. She was very insightful and had a much greater effect on me than my father.” – John Inverarity, former Australian cricketer

  • Take time to connect with your children. Stop what you are doing, look them in the eye, and actively listen to them
  • Reflect on the parenting style of your mother and father. Incorporate the good qualities from either into your own parenting
  • Watch your wife as she parents. Acknowledge what she does well and find ways to make those techniques your own.

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Resources:

Rough and Tumble Play

Dr Richard Fletcher's YouTube video will explain why a father's involvement with his child, right from birth, is vitally important for the development of a child's brain and emotional stability.

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.