Fa­thers foster fam­ily ties

Sup­port group of­fers dads ad­vice to build bet­ter re­la­tion­ships with their chil­dren

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

EV­ERY Mon­day night dur­ing the school term, dads from the Black­town area get to­gether to sup­port each other and dis­cover help­ful ways to love and care for their chil­dren.

The Fa­thers And Their Chil­dren Pro­gram’s peer sup­port group meets at Angli­care Mt Druitt and is open to men car­ing for chil­dren un­der the age of 13.

Skills taught range from ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion strate­gies to see­ing the needs of their kids at var­ied stages of their de­vel­op­ment.

“Fa­thers mat­ter,” pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor David Lux­ford said.

“They play a very im­por­tant role in the well­be­ing of their fam­ily. Stud­ies show chil­dren who have a fa­ther or fa­ther fig­ure who con­sis­tently par­ents well in their life have bet­ter learn­ing out- comes, gen­eral health, emotional well­be­ing and fewer prob­lem be­hav­iours. “Of course, moth­ers play a large part in the well­be­ing of their chil­dren, but the in­flu­ence of fa­thers is some­times over­looked.”

Poor re­la­tion­ships and pa­ter­nal be­hav­iours on the other hand can re­sult in poorer so­cial func­tion­ing as the child grows up.

“Our pro­gram works with men to foster stronger and health­ier re­la­tion­ships with their chil­dren,” Mr Lux­ford said.

“The men we help love their kids, but be­ing a dad can also be dif­fi­cult at times.

“We give fa­thers an op­por­tu­nity to talk of what’s hap­pen­ing in their lives and look to sup­port them with skills to as­sist them.

“We of­fer prac­ti­cal liv­ing skills, fi­nan­cial in­for­ma­tion, com­mu­ni­ca­tion tips and work with their ex­pec­ta­tions from the group.”

The ser­vice is free. Details: Mr Lux­ford, 8805 0998.

The men we help love their kids, but be­ing a dad can also be dif­fi­cult at times David Lux­ford

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