Guru of fatherhood shares wisdom
ONE of the world's best-known parenting authors, Steve Biddulph, made a special effort to get to the North Coast yesterday despite rugged weather, airport closures and plane delays.
Mr Biddulph was on his way to the YWCA at Lismore, ahead of an appearance at the Bangalow Fatherhood Festival, to speak to an audience of early childhood educators, members of child support agencies, members of Mensline Australia, and child psychologists.
His YWCA address attacked corporate day-care centres and warned of long-term repercussions of being separated from their parents at that age.
Last night at Byron Bay he spoke on his book Raising Boys and will speak in Lismore tonight at 7.30pm in Lismore High School on the Secret of Happy Children.
He will also donate his time and appear at the festival on Sunday to announce the winner of the 'Thanks Dad' photo competition.
Colin George, founder and director of the Fatherhood Festival, said he was grateful Mr Biddulph had come.
“Because of the stormy conditions Steve's plane was instructed to turn back to Sydney and he then had to wait to catch another plane to Coolangatta,” he said. “We have asked Steve to the festival for the last four years, but due to prior commitments he has been unable to come.
“The way he heard about us was when we put out the first Fatherhood CD someone played it to him, and he wrote to us saying he thought it was inspirational and that it tapped into a deep vein of masculinity that has long been forgotten.”
Mr Biddulph has been a psychologist for 25 years and a family therapist for 18 years.
His books have been published in six languages and have sold four million copies.
His first book, Raising Boys, was the first parenting book to top the Australian bestseller list.
Organisers said they were expecting crowds of up to 6000.
Performances and activities will be in the A&I Hall if it is raining.