Entries in Fathers (239)


A Single Father's Story of Alienation

Up until March 27th 2011, I shared a wonderful strong and happy bond with my then 7 year old boy, since the day he was born.

I was never married to his mother, I am 9 years younger than her and our relationship ended prior to her pregnancy.

Without moving into too much detail, the mother and I had a telephone dispute over horseplay games my son and I played. In particular, our routine little wrestling games on the bed each morning and night.

On March after drop off she called me to say there were bite marks on my son's arm. She was yelling, I was a little confused, but narrowed it down to perhaps part of our game where he and I would see how long we could hold. I tried to calm her down, instead she said she was taking photos and said that 'this was abuse'.

This became a screaming match as I would never, ever do anything to harm my son. The last time I saw him, he was singing in the car and said, "I love you Dad".

Even that night in question, "He did not complain to his mother of anything". But, the worst when she began yelling on the phone in his presence and from there on, she was about to emotionally and psychologically abuse my son forever...

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Prostate Cancer Fun Day - Tuncurry (NSW) - Fathers Day


Fathers Day - Sunday 7th September 2014, 10am to 2pm

Bring Dad out on his special day and celebrate life to the fullest with lots of free entertainment for the whole family every 30 minutes !

Bring a chair- bring a rug- bring the whole family and stay for the fantastic draw at 2pm of over $4,000 in prizes. Prizes must be won on the day plus if the lucky person who wins first prize is on site we will throw in an extra $200 seafood voucher for use at either Tuncurry or Taree fishermans co operative!

Download flyer here.

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“Out on a Limb” book review by Greg Millan

Simon Turner is a single father who has written and published a book called “Out on a Limb - A single fathers guide to his family’s lore of the jungle” for other single fathers on a similar journey to obtain a shared care agreement for their children. This book is simply the best guide to this subject ever written in Australia. I cannot recommend it more highly. Ever separated men with or without children and every worker who works with separated men should buy this book and read every valuable page. Simon’s advice is sound and simple.

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Fathers’ experiences of fatigue and its consequences when parenting 1 to 4 year olds

We would like to invite you to take part in a research project about the experience of fatigue, parenting and partner relationship satisfaction in fathers of young children aged 1-4 years. This research is being conducted by Kate Potter, as part of a Master of Psychology programme, under the supervision of Dr Angela Gent of the University of Ballarat.

The following information will help you to decide if you would like to participate.

Purpose of this project:

Parenting a young child or children can be very rewarding, however, it can also be challenging at times. Research tells us fathers have a key role to play in the healthy development of their children and, as such, their wellbeing and beliefs about their parenting are important. However, there has been very little research into fathers’ experiences of fatigue, and how this may impact on their relationship with their partner and their thoughts about parenting.

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Working with men and relationship issues - opportunities and challenges (Video)

One of the highlights of the 2013 National Men's Health Gathering in Brisbane was the Men and Vulnerable Families Forum Plenary Session featuring presentations by Dr Warren Farrell (USA) and Glen Poole (UK). Titled Working with men and relationship issues – opportunities and challenges, this event explored many contemporary issues around men, fathers and relationships, and how to better support them.

The entire event, including an extensive Q & A session, filmed on Friday 25 October 2013 at 9am, is now available on YouTube.

Chaired by Andrew King from Groupwork Solutions, the two keynote speakers were:

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Glen Poole:

Dr Warren Farrell:

Q & A: