One of the greatest titles a man or woman can have, is "Dad" or “Mum”. As parents, we demonstrate to our children that we care for them by making them a priority. Cultivating relationships with each child requires time, discipline and intentionality. When so much time is spent on living life, it can sometimes prove to be a challenge to spend both quality and quantity time with our children. Each one needs to know with absolute certainty that we love them. Spending time with them goes a long way toward making them feel protected and loved.
In February we hosted our inaugural Fathering Project launch at the Kalamunda Bowls Club.
Our guest speaker, Steve Rushworth, representative from The Fathering Project highlighted the role of a father in a family being critical, given that the responsibilities of a father at home extend beyond the need of provision into the duties of a father and husband. He stated that the importance of a father’s involvement, together with the mother, has been given emphasis over the years to help a child develop emotionally, psychologically and physically.
Fathers are an integral part of the parenting unit and provide so many different elements to the family.
The launch of the Fathering Project has given us an opportunity to speak into the hearts of fathers; an initiative for fathers and father-figures by fathers.
A survey was done with a cross-section of children who were asked the question, ‘What makes a good dad?’ They answered as follows:
The comments are varied but with a common thread running through them; children want acceptance, affection and time from their dads.
Steve suggested the importance of intentionally creating opportunities to spend time with your child(ren) individually, no other adults and no other children. These regular dates could include restaurants, local events and festivals, the zoo, walks, jogs, movies, ice cream and other fun things. This time alone gives children the chance to talk, ask questions, and sometimes just to listen to them.
An easy acronym to remember what the focus should be when spending time with your children is Dad’s B.U.S. …
There are also a number of great role models who can step in and be father figures, such as:
Thank you to everyone who attended and thank you especially to Georgie and Luke Ballantine for getting this initiative off the ground. We have three dads who have oversight of the project at KCS, namely Craig Clarke, Daniel Collett and Giles Creelman. They would be happy to chat to you if you have any questions.
If you’d like more information regarding the Fathering Project or upcoming events, please feel free to click here to join the KCS Dad's group.