Top 10 Tips for Being a Great Dad

10 Tips for Being a Great Dad

In celebration of Father’s Day and to acknowledge the importance of fathers, Professor Bruce Robinson, director of the Fathering Project, UWA, and Western Australian of the Year 2013 offers dads the 10 top tips from The Fathering Project. Dad dates One of the simplest and yet most powerful strategies that enable fathers to connect to their children is dad dates. If dad bothers to spend time … [Read more...]

Father to Son Tips Help the New Dad and Kids

Father to Son Tips Help the New Dad and Kids

Simon Robinson has fond memories of the “dad dates” his father used to take him on when he was a child. Now with two young daughters of his own, the son of Western Australian of the Year Professor Bruce Robinson says he can fully appreciate his father’s efforts to make time for him. His father, the director of the University of WA’s The Fathering Project, has written books of tips for … [Read more...]

How to Be a Dad

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Is fathering something that we should just all know how to do? For a lot of blokes, their dad was either not around or was not a really good guy. So they don’t have a role model for how to be a dad. But even if they had a good role model, pretty much every dad has to learn what to do. No one ever teaches you how to be a dad. All you can do is reflect on how your dad did things, and maybe take a … [Read more...]

Three Things a Child Needs from Their Father

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There are three things in particular a child really needs in their dad, or father figure, that’s going to set them up for life. The first is to know that dad is there for them. He’ll never abandon them. He’s always going to be there when they need him. Secondly, that he’ll show his love for them, and that love will not depend on whether they’re smart at school or not. The love is just there all … [Read more...]

New Fathering Research: How Fathers and Father Figures Can Shape Child Health and Wellbeing

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Investigators: Wood, Lisa and Lambin, Estée (2013). The University of Western Australia. We shouldn’t underestimate the vast importance of fathers in children’s lives, not only because children ‘need and love their dads’ , but also because of the significant impact that fathers have on the social, cognitive, emotional and physical well-­‐being of children from infancy to adolescence and with … [Read more...]

An easy job, but only one man can do it

Australian Financial Review, Tuesday 19th February 2013 Talking point Jonathan Barrett I am a celebrity dad. Like all heart-warming success stories, I too come from humble beginnings. I typed through a regular day at a newspaper before I was sent home for a couple of months of paternity leave late last year. My son, then aged seven months, applauded my new appointment with haphazard clapping, … [Read more...]

How to spend time with your children

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Father’s are very important in children’s lives and in fact, looking at statistics of kids that are drug addicts, who lose direction at school, who get depression, teenage suicides, and that sort of thing, between 70 and 100% of them are fatherless. There is no doubt that if someone could wave a magic wand and improve fathering in New Zealand overnight, there would be a dramatic impact on all of … [Read more...]

How to Promote a Healthy Body Image in Girls

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Girls are becoming body conscious at a very early age, with movies, makeup, the internet, and even their toys. How do we protect our girls from being bombarded by images in the media? The long-term answer is to look at how much television is in their lives. The American Psychological Association is starting to say you probably shouldn't even have TV around kids under three. Also, if the parents … [Read more...]

Protecting Our Daughters

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A question fathers often worry about is how to protect their daughters in this day and age. How do we protect them from sexual diseases, which also seem to be on the rise among young people? It is increasingly difficult, as parents of teenagers, to protect them from themselves and predators. One of the things to consider is this word sexualization and what it means. Sexualization is when … [Read more...]

Alcohol and Your Children

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2012 was the first year that young women in Australia drank more alcohol than young men. They’re using alcohol to manage anxiety. What can you do to help? Do anything you can to lower the stress levels in your family. Slow things down and take off any pressure about academic achievement. The world will do that enough with them already. Hurry is the enemy of love. If we can slow it down, we reduce … [Read more...]