Wed 21 November 2018
We talk a lot about how parents are really important role models for their kids. But what about parents themselves?
Historically speaking, fathers have been more absent from their families lives than they are today.
So what kind of impact does that have on a new dad?
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Dr Bruce Robinson is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Western Australia and is the Director of The Fathering Project, a non-profit organisation helping dads become the best fathers they can be. He has also authored bestselling books Dads and their Daughters, Fathering from the Fast Lane and The Blue Book of Tips for Fathers & Father-Figures.
He has dedicated the last 20 years to helping dads become better fathers. In his words he aims to help fathers learn how to build relationships within the family and improve that work/life balance so that down the track they don’t wish things could have been different.
Bruce shares what he has learnt from two decades of helping dads become better fathers, overcoming the struggle of not having a good father figure in their own lives, and realising how important they are in their child's life.
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