Dads, want to learn how to build a strong fa­ther-chlid con­nec­tion?

Be the best fa­ther you can

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Lacee Froeschl [email protected]­news.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

ROLE MODEL: The pro­gram teaches self-care so dads can give the best pos­si­ble ver­sion of them­selves to their chil­dren.

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