Being a dad is the most important job you’ll have and something that is truly rewarding. But it’s not to say it doesn’t come without challenges.
There is many a day where we question our capabilities and whether or not what we are experiencing is unique to us, or other dads too.
Whether it’s the fact no matter how hard you try, your toddler just refuses to go to bed, or your teenager has decided it’s no longer ‘cool’ to hang out with their dad, or, you’re at a loss on how to reconnect with your partner since the kids have now taken up whatever spare time you have left in the day.
No matter the circumstance, we encourage you to share your thoughts and write in your questions to HeyDad!
Each week a question will be selected and either put to the public, or answered by one of our experts. Visit The Fathering Channel every Tuesday to stay up to date.
Disclaimer: The Fathering Project can’t provide individual advice. Any advice given in response to a question is general advice only, should you have any concerns there is qualified support available, visit our recommended support services.
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Your Questions and Answers
Dad Question #1:
“Two of my kids love their online gaming, over the years it has become a constant tug of war with managing their screen time. When school holidays roll around, my partner and I find it even more difficult to monitor it and more often than not ends up in an argument between us and the kids when we try to get them off it. I’m looking for any advice on how best to manage this situation so they’re not glued to the screen all holidays!?”
Our Audience Choice Answer
Dad Question #2:
“I’m a dad of two teenage daughters, 13 and 16. When they were little we were really close – they were both a bit of a tom-boy, and seemed to gravitate more towards me and the things I liked to do.
Since they have gotten a bit older, I’ve noticed they have started to drift, the things they used to love doing with me they no longer show interest in. I’m worried it will continue down this path and our relationship won’t remain as strong as it once was when they were younger.
Any advice on how I can ‘stay relevant’ with my girls and not lose touch as they become young women?”
Dad Question #3:
“I have a daughter from a previous relationship. Recently my Fiancé and I moved in together and we regularly have my daughter come to stay with us. It’s something new for all of us, but a big change, especially for my daughter and fiancè. Any advice to help our transition into the new living arrangements would be great, thanks.”
Dad Question #4:
“I’ve recently become a new dad. It’s been an exciting, but I must say, overwhelming journey. I’m wanting to develop a relationship and be as close to my baby as possible from the get go. I know baby is more inclined to be more attached to the mother in these early stages, but what can I do to start the bond?”