School Group FAQs

Why do we need a Fathering Project?

Most fathers & father figures do their best to be good dads but we can all do it better. The Fathering Project will help dads to be better dads. If this happens we all WIN – Dads, Mums, Kids, School and Community.

How do I start a “Champion” Dads’ Group at my school?

Please read the Start a Group section of our website for the easy to follow “eight step” plan to form the group. We use the analogy of “Lighting a Campfire”. The critical part is to identify two to six keen, motivated, influential, social dads who will “drive” the project and “attract” other men to the group!

How do I get Dads to attend the Information night?

We suggest the organiser(s);

  1. Meets with, or talks to, the Mums/Partners who are most active in the school. Convince them their partners should go and ask them to really encourage them to attend.
  2. Calls the session a “Dads’ Get Together” or “Meet the Dads’ Night” not “A lecture on parenting” or “Being a good dad”.
  3. Asks any Dads who register to try to “bring a mate” and why not provide a prize for whoever brings more than one mate!
  4. Uses all forms of promotion to advertise the event e.g. Facebook, Email, posters, invites, newsletters, word of mouth, twitter, etc. Personally hand each dad or mum an invite at “drop off” or “pick up” time.
  5. Strongly promotes that the session will definitely help their kids!
  6. Makes sure the venue is one where the Dads will feel comfortable.
  7. Provides some drinks and nibbles (alcohol optional).

How do we engage fathers & father figures from different cultural backgrounds?

The Information Session is suitable for fathers from all cultural backgrounds as its content involves general discussion and tips on how to be a better dad. We recommend using positive role models from different cultural groups to encourage their friends to attend.

Should our Dads’ Group be linked to the School P & C, P & F or School Board?

We believe the Dads’ group should be linked and supported by the School P & C, P & F or School Board. They work best as a “sub-committee” of these groups and can draw on them for support, funds or financial transactions, resources, insurance, etc. We recommend the group requests a letter of endorsement from the P & C.

Do we need to have a presenter from The Fathering Project at our Dads’ Get together or Information Night?

The Fathering Project usually provides a presenter for the first “Dads & father figures Information Night” but future Dads’ events are usually led by the leader of the “Champion” Dads’ Group or guest presenters organized by the group or The Fathering Project (on request).

If most of the kids at a school come from single parent (usually mother), non-English-speaking or FIFO families where dads are absent or not living at home how do they get involved with The Fathering Project?

The Fathering Project strongly encourages the involvement of trusted and effective Father Figures where, for whatever reason, the father is not present or involved with the children. Grandfathers, uncles, brothers, trusted male friends, teachers, chaplains, coaches can be just as effective as fathers and should be actively sought after by single mothers to support and act as positive male role models for their children.

These father figures should also be strongly encouraged to be active and involved in the school’s “Champion” Dads’ Group.

How do I know our Dads’ Group is working and effective?

The following indicators will show if your group is working;

Dads comment that:

  • They enjoy being involved with the group and turn up regularly;
  • They belong to a network of dads where they can discuss issues and support each other and they are not on their own or feeling isolated;
  • They have fun on a more regular basis with their children;
  • Their children and wife/partner give them positive feedback about their involvement;
  • They have effective alternatives and communication tools to traditional forms of discipline;
  • Their child feels they understand, accept and are more interested in what he or she is interested in;
  • Their kids are interested in talking to them, asking them questions and initiate conversations and they have created an environment where their kids’ friends want to come over;
  • They appear keen to learn to be a better father and are aware of the great ideas and information out there.

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