Resources for Parents
Fathers Matter: a magazine for dads
Being a father is one of the most rewarding life experiences a man can have.
Research shows that fathers can do more than just ‘babysit’ or play a support role in the family. They can become as competent as their partners in parenting their children. Plus research is beginning to identify the unique contribution that fathers make to the development and wellbeing of their children. We are learning, for example, how important ‘father play’ is to children. When fathers engage in active, physical, rough and tumble play it's good not only for children’s physical wellbeing, but it also provides important lessons in social interaction. In fact, involvement and hands on experience is the best way to develop confidence and competence as a parent.
Our publication Fathers Matter describes the rewards and benefits of choosing to be an involved father. Fathers Matter offers practical information on bonding with your children, rough and tumble play and parenting after separation. The booklet also has an extensive list of the services available for fathers.
Single Mothers: a resource for parenting solo
One in five families are led by parents doing it solo – 87% of these are single mothers. Our publication Single Mothers, tells the stories of single mothers who talk about the rewards of parenting, and the advantages as well as the disadvantages of parenting solo. It also has useful tips about where to find information and support.
This project was funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) and produced in collaboration with the Council of Single Mothers and their Children (CSMC). Single Mothers is also available in translation in Arabic, Chinese and Vietnamese.
Annual Report 2011-12
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