Just for Dads

Just for Dads

Being a great dad - links to information and support for all fathers

Being a great Dad

Being Dad, Being Proud
From Community Services (formerly DoCS), information sheets for Aboriginal dads with children 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-8 years.
Dads make a difference
From Community Services (formerly DoCS) - information sheets for dads with children 0-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 5-8 years
Provides answers for dads to the following questions:
  • I want to bond with my baby-but I don't feel anything
  • Infant feeding amounts
  • Baby Sleeping Habits Tips
  • Newborn and Reflexes
  • Facts on Sudden Infance Death Syndrome
  • Is it OK if my baby is sleeping on their stomach/tummy
  • Heat loss and newborns
  • Newborn Circumcision
Raising Children Network
A whole section of the excellent Raising Children website is dedicated to men. It has lots of information about how fathers can help raising children: getting to know your baby, helping your child learn, balancing work and family, managing the relationship with your partner, film clips about fathers, a men's discussion forum, and a men's shed of tips and tools.
Community Services (formerly NSW Department of Community Services)
Being a dad: Fathering is not the same as parenting - here are some things that all dads can do.
At Tresillian Day Stay, dads come in with their partners and work as a team to overcome problems they're having with their baby. Each baby is special and has many different needs. Supporting your partner when your baby is between the age of 0 - 5 years old is so important.
For parenting advice, call the 24 Parents Help Line (02) 9787 0855 or Freecall 1800 637 357
Fatherhood Foundation
An interesting site with wonderful ideas on how to be a great dad, and opportunities to converse with other dads in blogs and discussion groups. There is also a weekly newsletter, Fathersonline, which started in 2002. The following features, plus more, can be found in the newsletter:
Grandfathers  Single Dads  Marriage  Special Feature  Thought for the Week
News and Info    Humour
Shellharbour Men's Shed
A fully equipped workshop where men can meet, swap yarns and work together on community projects. A place to meet people, learn new skills and enjoy yourself. 32a Addison Street, SHELLHARBOUR NSW 2529  Ph: 4297 8005

Supporting Breastfeeding

Australian Breastfeeding Association
Follow the links: Information > General Breastfeeding Information> Especially for Partners
This section of the Australian Breastfeeding Association website helps men understand how important their role is in their baby's life, and how much support and encouragement they can provide a new mum.

Dads and health

Fatherhood Foundation
"Your children need an active and involved father, committed to being around for as long as possible." Tips for looking after your own health so you can get more out of being a dad.
Mensline Australia
A range of links about men's health, including diabetes, older men's health, and mental health.
Dealing with Post Natal Depression - Helpful information when things seem confusing and distressing
Raising Children Network
Lists the signs and symptoms, and gives advice on how to help your partner or loved one deal with this illness.

Being a dad after Separation

Community Services
Splitting up - how to deal with your own feelings, while helping your children cope and making important decisions that will affect the whole family.

Mensline Australia
Tips for separating parents on ways to lessen the impact of the relationship breakdown on their children. The way your children will react depends on many factors. You may have stopped being partner but you will always be a parent

Raising Children Network
This interactive feature, developed by the Child Support Agency, offers tips for couples going through break-ups.

MENDS-Men Exploring New Directional Strategies
Has information and advice for newly-separated dads, including a list of Separation Essentials and how to support a man who has recently separated.

Fatherhood Foundation
Whether you live with your children, or you are a single dad and are only able see them once a month, once a week or more, what you do really matters

Support your kids ~ dadcando.com
Support and understand your kids by engaging the child in you. As a man you have the best chance of being able to access the child in you; use this skill to your advantage, if you don't already know, you'll find that you can communicate with your kids in ways their mother will never be able to.

Relationships Australia
Download a useful booklet on Men and Separation Choices in Tough Times.

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