Dad-proof tip: Maintaining an emotional connection with your child

Fathers and father figure’s emotional connection with their child will change overtime, depending on the life stage. The goal is to work on creating an emotional connection from the start, and building on it as they grow. The way you work on your emotional connection with your toddler, will differ to your teenager, or even […]

Dad-proof tip: Be a role model of strength and resilience for your child

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Children often see their fathers  as a solid foundation and make them feel safe and secure. Because of this, they are a strong role model for building resilience and confidence in their children. Children are watching your every move and they look to their father to understand how to deal with and react to everyday situations, […]

Ways you can actively listen to your child

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It’s no secret that as adults and human beings, we often find it hard to actively listen without thinking of what we’ll say next. We can oftenlisten to respond, but what we instead need to be doing is taking the time to listen, for the sake of listening, actively, not just to respond. When it […]

Eight tips to help raise resilient kids

Resilience is important for everyday life, and helps us to navigate challenges, deal with stressful situations and bounce back in difficult times. Living through a pandemic has certainly contributed to resilience in not only ourselves, but also our children.  Raising resilient children helps them to become problem solvers and face tough or challenging situations and […]

Raising children on the autism spectrum: Advice from a clinical psychologist

On this week’s podcast we’re joined by clinical psychologist, Jeroen Decates. He has been practising as a psychologist for over 45 years and specialises in psychological therapies for people on the autism spectrum, where he focuses his treatment on life skills and strategies for managing day to day situations. Raising a child with additional needs is […]

Six reasons why you should role play with your child

Playing with your child is key to their development. From birth, all the way through to their teen years, you can engage in activities and play which is age appropriate and builds on your connection. There’s many different ways father’s can engage in play with their child, from taking part in activities, playing dress ups, […]

Making your dad-time memorable

When it comes to memorable dad-time your child will remember, the everyday type moments together can have just as much value as big events. Regularly reading or telling bedtime stories, when your child is younger, establishes the supportive conditions for the brain to learn and remember. Of course, there are certain circumstances that result in […]

Child protection week: Tips for fathers and father figures

Engaging in warm, supportive fathering is shown to support the emotional and social development of your child. Spend time with them. A safe and loving home is the foundation for a happy and healthy life. Check in with your children – understand how they are feeling. Learn to read their signals – address the root […]

Modelling and teaching respect to your child

As a father you are uniquely placed to demonstrate strength, gentleness and respect.  You are your children’s first models of what healthy relationships look and feel like. Your children are going to look to you for how to treat other people and how to expect to be treated by others.  Fathers can particularly also have […]

Modelling and teaching your child about acceptance of others

As a role model, it is important for fathers to be aware of how they treat other people and to model inclusion of people from all backgrounds and abilities. To do this, you need make the effort to be aware of any prejudices you may have yourself. It can be helpful to reflect your own […]