More engaged dads. Improved futures for kids.
Our aim is to build stronger families and communities by giving men the resources, guidance, and support they need to take on the responsibilities of engaged parenting.
Our research team has defined the Fathering Fundamentals as the core elements of fathering. They’re applicable every-father, to every day.
Explore each fundamental below to further your fathering.
Everyday moments of connection have just as much value as special events and outings in spending time with your child.
Spending time doesn’t have to mean you have to do something special, all it means is you give your child your undivided interest and attention. When spending time with your children, try and reduce these distractions as much as possible so you can stay focused and engaged with your kids.
Communication with kids is about talking and really listening. Keeping an open line of communication with your kids means they will be more likely to come to you when there is a problem.
Improved communication helps kids feel free and safe to talk to you, and builds a strong parent-child bond. Effective communication is key to creating respect and understanding – now and into the future.
Family values are the family’s ideas or beliefs about what is important, what is good and what is bad, what is right and what is wrong.
Think of your values as your code of conduct, the things you stand by, that direct how you live your life. It is the moral compass to help navigate the world.
From the moment they are born, bonding with your child helps them learn that their world is safe and secure and that they are loved.
Family relationships are the biggest influence on your child’s development. When your children feel safe, secure and loved, they are more confident to explore their world, and this is how they learn and develop socially and emotionally.
Positive parenting is about being responsive and recognising what your child needs at a given time and providing that in an effective way.
A reoccurring theme in the positive parenting literature is that a warm, yet firm, parenting style is linked to numerous positive child outcomes.
The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy. Wellbeing is a combination of physical, mental, emotional and social health.
Fathers have a powerful impact on the social, emotional and physical well-being of children from infancy to adolescence, with lasting influences into their adult life. Children who have an involved father are more likely to be emotionally secure, be confident to explore their surroundings, and, as they grow older, have better social connections with peers.
Our resources are based on our research and years of experience supporting fathers and father-figures to be the best they can be.
Whether you are a dad or a father-figure such as a grandfather, stepfather, uncle, teacher, youth leader or coach – these resources are designed to be your toolkit of tips, information and advice.