Support for Dads
Fatherhood is central to the lives of many men at one stage or another. This page looks at the resources, programs and services that are available to fathers, including step fathers and others who care for children and young people.
For new dads:
Make sure you get to some of the anti-natal classes that you partner may be attending. If they are not offering a session specifically for the dad's ask them why not, and put them on to us. We'll find someone who can help you understand the important role men play not only in the lives of infants, but also in supporting the mother.
SMS4dads - an SMS service that shared short inspiration and educational messages about early fatherhood. There are also a number of links to other useful website from their home page.
Dadvice - a useful set of 4 videos that provide a humorous but practical resource.
24 hours Cotside - is a brochure developed in Victoria, but that has useful information for young dads to help you understand some of the different challenges and roles you may need to face. The contacts will be Victorian, but each will likely have similar services available in Tasmania.
For dads with young children.
Steve Biddulph has been one of the central figures in Australia and even across the world in understanding happy families and children. His books are a great resource, along with his current Facebook posts which focus on Raising Girls, and Raising Boys.
Also The Dad Factor by Richard Fletcher is a great read that will help fathers of infants and young children, understand how to play with their children, and the important roles we have in teaching boundary setting, safe play and all sorts of other important life skills. Richard Fletcher is one of Australia's leading academics in the field of fatherhood. he works out of the University of Newcastle. You can find his biography and links to his other work here.
Other resources for Fathers:
The Fathering Project
For Dads to Be
Beer and Bubs is a one–night session at the pub where expectant dads learn how to support their partner through the birth of their baby. Childbirth is daunting for men too and this session prepares fathers for an active, caring role.
Third Tuesday of the Month - New Sydney Hotel, Hobart
For dads of kids with Autism
When a child is diagnosed with autism, the few support systems available are often tailored towards mothers – but where does that leave Dad?
DAD is a documentary created to provide guidance, information, and support to fathers with children on the autism spectrum. Following the stories of twelve Aussie dads we see the challenges, triumphs, and the incredible bond between father and child.