Fathers foster family ties
Support group offers dads advice to build better relationships with their children
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