Fathering Fundamentals

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.

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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.

Within ‘Bonding’, the Fathering Fundamental:

  • What they need is unconditional love
  • Tell them you love them
  • Show them you care
  • Be a dependable dad
  • Practical tips for dads and father-figures

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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.

Within ‘Communicating’, the Fathering Fundamental:

  • Communication is key
  • Everyday moments
  • Active listening
  • Open lines of communication
  • Talking about awkward or difficult topics
  • Practical tips for dads and father-figures

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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.

Within ‘Connecting’, the Fathering Fundamental:

  • Make time for your kids
  • Tune in and engage
  • Make it a habit
  • Practical tips for dads and father-figures

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