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DADDY TIME

A weight-loss pill that was re­cently ap­proved in the US will soon be avail­able to obese Aus­tralians. How­ever, a study by the Med­i­cal Jour­nal of Aus­tralia warns the sin­gle-pill med­i­ca­tion can have ad­verse ef­fects such as a dry mouth, cog­ni­tive changes, tin­gling or burn­ing skin, and de­pres­sion. More and more re­search is show­ing that kids need dads – and vice versa – for bet­ter health, both men­tally and phys­i­cally, and more re­ward­ing re­la­tion­ships.

So to mark Fa­ther’s Day, here are some great ways for dads to spend time with their kids, from Kid­sMat­ter psy­chol­o­gist Dr Lyn O’Grady. Have fun with your kids. Lis­ten, talk, read sto­ries, sing songs and play pre­tend games, which pro­mote learn­ing and devel­op­ment. Be af­fec­tion­ate, lis­ten and talk about their feel­ings. This helps them un­der­stand emo­tions and form good re­la­tion­ships. Keep con­nected when you’re apart. Skype, text, email or call to let them know you’re think­ing of them. Find out about their day-to-day rou­tine, so they know you’re in­ter­ested in their world. There’s no one right way to be a fa­ther. Re­mem­ber all of the pos­i­tive ef­forts you make and try not to com­pare your­self to other par­ents.

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