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Dad. Father. Pop. Call them whatever you like.
When it comes to fathers, one thing’s clear – they hold a special, central and irreplaceable position in the family unit.
Whether it’s attending tea parties or being a superhero, kicking the footy or reading a book, dads meaningfully contribute to the lives of their children through little more than love and involvement.
In fact, studies have shown that involved fathers play a significant role in the mental, emotional and social development of their children, regardless of their relationship status, sexual orientation or employment situation.
Children with warm, caring, supportive fathers have also been found to achieve stronger academic results and are less likely to develop behavioural problems.
And the benefits of these relationships are not limited to the child. Involved fathers feel more self-confident, are generally less stressed and have less contact with the law.
It’s extremely important for dads to have one-on-one time with their kids. Here’s a few ways you can spend your time together:
Act for Kids is urging fathers to spend quality time with their kids, as new figures confirm engaged dads play an important and irreplaceable role in child development and wellbeing.
Early figures from Act for Kids’ Australian-first family support program found 85% of children who had an actively involved father or father figure showed positive outcomes, including improved emotional wellbeing, increased learning outcomes, fewer behaviour problems and stronger family relationships.
Act for Kids Executive Director Stephen Beckett said the impact of a supportive, loving and engaged father figure can be life changing for a child.
“Being an active father figure is one of the most important things dads, stepdads, granddads and uncles can do for kids.”
“Sadly, society often places less value on the role of fathers, however having a father or father figure as a stable source of love and encouragement helps ensure that children grow up happy and healthy,” Mr Beckett said.
Dads supporting Act for Kids’ ‘Being Present is the Best Present’ campaign include the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr Adrian Schrinner, Minister for Police Mark Ryan, the North Queensland Cowboys’ John Asiata, and the Property Council’s Chris Mountford.
Read the full media release here.
It’s no secret that being a dad is one of the most challenging, but rewarding experiences there is.
Hear from North Queensland Toyota Cowboys ’ John Asiata, Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner, Minister for Police Mark Ryan, Property Council’s Chris Mountford and everyday dads, as they talk about why they love being a father.
85% of dads with kids under 15 feel rushed and pressed for time.
If you’re feeling under pressure, and want to talk to a counsellor, you can call MensLine Australia on 1300 78 99 78 24 hours a day, seven days a week.