Dads, want to learn how to build a strong father-chlid connection?
Be the best father you can
DADS across the Coast can now learn to take on fatherhood comfortably with access to a specialised group parenting program.
Dads Tuning In To Kids was created for fathers who wanted to build and boost a strong father-child connection.
Social worker and dad himself Paul Mitchenson introduced the program at Caloundra Community Centre to offer dads the chance to become closer role models.
“Your children are your family,” he said.
“You can have all the money and material things in the world but your family is what you always come back to.”
Program facilitator Antonija Anderson said it was important for fathers to foster a deeper connection with their kids, despite the glaring gap that suggested dads were considered the breadwinners.
“Parenting is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get,” she said.
“There is something in fathers that children idolise... so it’s important for dads to be the growth they want to see in their children.”
Mrs Anderson said her blueprint of the seven-session program “ripped the Band-Aid off” conventional parenting strategies and opened it to a style that “comes from the heart”.
It nurtures self-care so “dads can give the best possible version of themselves and bring the diamond out of each child”.
“In return, over time, children give back what they have become, their own shining star,” Mrs Anderson said.
Studies suggest children with strong emotional intelligence are better able to focus, mingle with friends and manage conflicts with peers and emotions.
“It’s a win-win... it gets to the root of the issue by dealing with the emotion, so your child can have the emotional intelligence to push through when times get tough,” she said.
“A father who is connected to his child is priceless but a disconnected dad has a greater negative impact.
“It (the program) encompasses anybody who’s open to being the best father they can be.”
Caloundra classes begin April 24 at Caloundra Community Centre.
For more information, phone Paul Mitchenson on 5491 4000.
ROLE MODEL: The program teaches self-care so dads can give the best possible version of themselves to their children.