Tag Archives: Fathers

Engaging fathers: An overview of evidence-based practice

Fathers are important. Research demonstrates that close involvement of fathers from birth can support positive infant and child development. This includes boosting social, emotional and academic development. Effective co-parenting, where fathers are engaged in positive ways with the mother and … Continue reading

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36 ideas for helping to engage fathers

 The importance of fathers is increasingly recognised in working with families. The following are 36 ideas that could help services engage fathers. Prioritise father inclusive practice in the annual strategic plan Ensure support for father inclusion through policy development Have … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – what worked

In this post, part of a series on some fathering workshops I helped facilitate (with Craig Hammond) for Aboriginal men in jail, I explore some of the things that worked well. The workshops, Brothers Inside, were generally 4½ days spread … Continue reading

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Workshops for Aboriginal fathers in prison – challenges

I mentioned in my last post that, as part of shifting the focus of my work to parenting and families, I’ve been reflecting on some of the work I’ve done with families over the years. Yesterday I wrote about the … Continue reading

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Being an Aboriginal father in prison

As part of shifting the focus of my work to parenting and families, I’ve been reflecting on some of the work I’ve done with families over the years. One that had a particularly significant impact on me was helping to … Continue reading

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A great 1 minute video of fathers and their kids

After my post yesterday about creating positive images of Aboriginal fathers, I was flicking channels on TV last night and saw the following ad. It was so refreshing! The video, produced by the Fatherhood Foundation, wasn’t specifically about Aboriginal dads (although I’m sure … Continue reading

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Creating positive images of Aboriginal fathers

We are surrounded by negative images of Aboriginal men and fathers. In the mainstream media, and even academic literature, they are mostly portrayed in a negative context: the focus is on crime, domestic violence, alcohol and other drugs, unemployment, and … Continue reading

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Being a father

When I received a phone call at 6:35 this morning I was greeted with the question “What’s your story?” My response was “I guess I’m like many fathers. I wasn’t particularly interested in kids, and didn’t really mind if I … Continue reading

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Role of grandfathers

The Family Action Centre is currently researching the role of grandfathers in the lives of their grandchildren.They needed some a grandfather and grandkids for a photo opportunity so my father and children filled the gap. Here’s the result – nice … Continue reading

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