The Christchurch Grammar Dads’ group, are a group of fathers, and father figures, who meet every two weeks during term time to explore how to be better fathers. The idea for the group germinated in April 2014 following one of Bruce Robinson’s presentations at the school. Chaplain Frank Sheehan and Miles Protter were convinced there were men who wanted to go deeper and started a dad’s group that met every month.

According to the men the content hits the mark. We’ve created an environment where authentic dialogue can happen and our thinking and behaviour examined.

In summary, we’ve now got a model to support groups of men to go deeper into what it means to be a good father.

Tips:

Learn to recognise children’s emotions

Learn to recognise when your child is feeling sad, anxious or frightened, and be ready to listen.

Tips:

Ask the mum for tips

Ask your partner or ex-partner how the kids are coping with you being away, and how they like it when you spend time with them, and work on making any changes identified.