Being present is the best present

The importance of father figures

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.

Make some time for your kids.

The best gift you can give is to be present.

Fun activites for fathers and their kids

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:

Media release: Father figures vital for healthy childhood development

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.

Why do you love being a dad?

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.

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The Importance of Dads

Troy's story

"Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad."

Troy was struggling

Troy is a father of three boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder. His sons were refusing to go to school and were struggling with anxiety. Troy, who is recently separated, was feeling overwhelmed and disconnected.

Family support

With the support of Act for Kids, Troy became actively involved in his family’s daily routine, started identifying worries and challenges with his son’s mother, and made time to build a relationship with each of his sons. Troy worked hard to become a stable source of love, support and encouragement for his kids.

A breakthrough

Troy is making a conscious effort to engage in his children’s lives. He feels more connected with his family, and his sons are happier, more confident and enjoy attending school.
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Completed referral forms can be accessed from the services section on our website and email to
mail@actforkids.com.au or call 1300 228 000

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If you have any questions or would like to access our free counselling and support, please call us directly to discuss or make an appointment.

Completed referral forms can be accessed from the services section on our website and email to
mail@actforkids.com.au or call 07 3850 3200

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