There are lots of different kinds of dads—traditional, step-parent or a single parent. Their roles are changing. Dads and men are becoming more involved with helping to grow up kids and act as role models.
When dads are involved with their kids every day it builds stronger relationships. Kids do different things with men than they do with women.
Sometimes it can be hard being a father but it is important to stay on track because you are important to your family. As a father you have many new responsibilities and things will change for you.
Your relationship with the mother of your children will change and while your kids are growing up you will have less time to spend with each other.
New dads might sometimes feel left out when the baby is born because the mum has less time and energy to spend with them.
Your help to look after the new baby will help everyone. It is also a good way to get to know your kids and learn about being a dad.
How you act teaches your kids how to act when they grow up. Some ideas that might help being a strong role model include:
Men say they're doing a good job when their kids are:
Benefits for children who have a strong relationship with their father:
Adapted from www.communities.wa.gov.au/DFC, Dec 2007, by permission