Calling all Dads – could you use some DADvice?
When the allure of a well-earned Father's Day beer wears off, and the excitement has settled from the beautiful hand-crafted cards and cardboard ties made by the gentle hands of our children, we tend to end the conversation about fatherhood.
In popular culture, dads are often portrayed as loveable figures, but incompetent and detached when it comes to parenting. It’s all too easy to blame and shame dads for their shortcomings. The reality is that modern dads are, like mums, parents too. They do the best they can for their families, and have their own fair share of self-doubt, worries and frustrations while adapting to the changes that parenthood brings.
Possibly as a habit learned from previous generations, fathers carry on with their days focusing on the needs of their family, while maintaining a brave face and neglecting their emotional and mental wellbeing.
But what if we could turn all this around, and encourage men to chat openly about being dads?
Here's where a little DADvice could be handy.
The great folks over at BeyondBlue present a 4 part web series following new dads on their journey to fatherhood, discussing topics such as sleep, juggling work, friendships and relationships, and your own emotions. Best of all, there’s a “Dad Stress Test” that a dad can take that leads to a set of resources to help ‘nail this dad thing’, and be a starting point for getting help if things are going a little tougher than expected.
Do you know any dads who could use some DADvice? Pass this video on and tell them to check out dadvice.org.au. Or have a read of some stories from a bunch of other guys going through fatherhood - dads, we're not alone!
And most importantly, ask a dad how they're really going - a friendly ear to listen might just be the thing they need.