Fathering is self-sacrificial

“If a fresh young politician came up to me and asked for advice on how to do a good job as a dad I would say, ‘Put your own self aside and make the mental leap that these kids are precious and important. They need you more than you need them. You are there to fulfil their needs not your own.’” – John Anderson, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

  • As a father your child’s needs come before your own.
  • When making decisions think about how it will affect the whole family, including the children.
  • Your children are the most important job you will ever have, and no one is more qualified for that job than you.

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Extra tips for separated dads

Living apart from your children presents additional challenges in fathering.

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The power of good father figures

Being a father figure is an important role for all men, e.g. uncles, grandfathers, teachers, sports coaches, youth/scout leaders and pastors.