Finding your tribe as a stay-at-home-dad

Part of the Kinderling Conversation for parents. Weekdays 12pm-1pm.

Fri 1 September 2017

10 mins

Australia is steadily becoming a more progressive nation when it comes to traditional gender roles. Particularly when it comes to parenting and care giving within family units. But stay at home dads make up just 3% of the the Australian population, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

David Spark is a father in that minority; a stay-at-home dad of two young boys. He opens up about about the stigma attached to being a male care giver, and the communities he has reached out to after finding that most support networks for child-rearing and female-focussed.

To find out more about the Dads Link program at YMCA that David spoke about, head to the YMCA Victoria website here.

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