IT’S A DAD THING: LR- at back, Stephen Shaw, Steve Smith, at front LR- daughters of Stephen, Ashana four, Murron seven and Freja eight. The dads both participated in a workshop called Parenting by Connection last year in Lismore.
IT’S A DAD THING: LR- at back, Stephen Shaw, Steve Smith, at front LR- daughters of Stephen, Ashana four, Murron seven and Freja eight. The dads both participated in a workshop called Parenting by Connection last year in Lismore. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Parenting program to help men become better dads

INTRERRELATE at Lismore is running a six-week program to make dads feel more included and build stronger connections with their children.

The Parenting by Connection program gives fathers a range of listening tools designed to change the way they communicate with their children.

Steve Smith, who has five children between the ages of two and 13, participated in the Parenting by Connection program last year.

Mr Smith said the program was a great opportunity to meet other dads in the area.

"The program provided an environment where we could have an open conversation about what elements are needed to be a good dad," he said.

The Parenting by Connection program encourages dads to "learn readily, love easily and become true leaders".

Facilitator of the program Megan Edwards specialises in the Parenting by Connection approach to raising children.

She said she "loves" sharing her knowledge with dads because they are often the parent who benefits from the strategies the most.

"Dads are often really isolated and at times they feel left out because they're the primary bread winners and they spend less time with their children," Ms Edwards said.

Ms Edwards said the program is open to "single dads, grandads, uncles, or any other kind of dads" of children of any age.

The Parenting by Connection program is a free program sponsored by the YWCA Communities for Children Project.

It will be held at Interrelate's office in Market St, Lismore on Wednesday evenings from October 16 and will run for six weeks.

For inquiries and bookings phone Belinda on 6623 2750.



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