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.