We asked Aussie dads if they’re parenting style reflected that of their parents, and only 41% agreed. This tell us that parenting styles are changing, and many environmental factors are affecting this.
We know that an effective father or father-figure can have a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of a child* and this statistic tells us that dads know this too. Dads are becoming more familiar and identifying with their role as father’s and their importance and impact on their kids.
*Lisa Wood: How Fathers and Father-Figures Can Shape Child Health and Wellbeing, 2013.
We know that workplaces are changing and we’re breaking down traditional gender roles. This allows females to be more present and males to be more present as fathers. Being present starts at birth and we’re seeing more employers encouraging and making provisions for paternity leave.
This is great news. It’s really important in modelling behaviour to the next generation. A girl’s expectations of ‘a good man’ are set by her dad, so dads who share the load in the home, nurture women who expect the same from their future partners and demonstrate that a balanced and functional family unit enables more mums to get back into the workplace.
Identifying the problem is the first step to fixing it. The fact that dads are reporting a problem with finding quality time is an indication that their intentions and attitudes are progressive and well intentioned.
A key focus of The Fathering Project is to inspire and encourage dads and father-figures to be more engaged by making the time to connect with their children. Our Dads Groups are a perfect example of dads being creative through learning and play to connect with their kids.