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Involved Fathers Bring Benefits

Posted by Kerrie Gottliebsen | 14/09/16

Tweddle’s Working Out Dads program research is uncovering what we already knew. Dads want opportunities to connect with other dads and learn more about their role as partners and fathers. The after hours 6 week program held in fitness centres, combines one hour of facilitated discussion, a 30 minute workout, resources and weekly text messages. The program encourages dads to think about relationships, managing stress, being an engaged parent and the connection between strong bodies and strong minds.

With over 80% attendance over four groups and an average of 8 dads per group, dads are telling us that the program hits the spot. Discussions and activities around how to deal with stress have been incredibly well received. A recent study into the ‘Effects of Fathers’ Parenting Stress on Children’s Language and Cognitive Development’ during toddlerhood and when children were 3, showed that a dads’ stress does indeed have a measurable impact on a child’s development.

While there’s a growing body of evidence about the role of fathers in children’s lives, programs like Working Out Dads aims to add to that. One Dad with a young baby said of the program “I definitely feel I will be approaching being a parent with a more positive attitude. I will be able to deal better with the stressors that arise. It’s been great being able to share experiences and hear that other dads are facing the same problems, so we’re not alone”

The next Working Out Dads groups commence in October.

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