Centre for Healthy Living counselling psychologist Mark Cary will hold a parenting program for dads.
Centre for Healthy Living counselling psychologist Mark Cary will hold a parenting program for dads. Emma Channon

Program aims to help dads

HAVING a child is a life-changing event for all parents - and as a father and grandfather, Mark Cary can talk from experience.

The counselling psychologist at Centre for Healthy Living is all too aware of the changing family nucleus, particularly in the role of the father; and he plans to offer a helping hand for dads.

All dads (including those soon-to-be) are invited to the program Dad's Matter.

Mr Cary said a range of topics would be covered in the six weeks.

"We'll look at child development, communication, setting boundaries, self-esteem and managing parents' own emotions," he said.

"I think men have different strengths and talents to women and they can complement their partners."

As far as he's aware, Mr Cary said there hadn't been a program of its sort offered in Warwick before, yet there was a need for one.

"Men and women have different and changing roles within households," he said.

"I think some parenting programs may not reflect the different expectations that men have. Having something they can relate to might help them engage better in their parenting roles."

Dads will meet each Thursday evening to help cater for those employed in the daytime.

The program is free.

Mr Cary said he looked forward to seeing a changed perception in all the men who took the program.

"I just like to see them becoming more skilled and confident in their roles and able to be more positively engaged with their children," he said.

"I'd like to take the stress out of parenting and replace it with more pleasure."

Any fathers who'd like to participate in Dad's Matter to contact at 4661 3340.


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