Hail the New-age Hands-on Dad – Being involved in your child’s life changes you both

In the midst of our busy work schedule after our marriage, my wife Peggy and I put in much effort to start a family. Eventually, to our great joy, my son Jia Jian came along. He was born premature, at seven-and-a-half months, with chronic lung problems. In those stressful five months immediately after his birth, … Read more

Uniquely Dad – The Science Behind Fatherhood

Introduction Historically, psychologists and other researchers assumed that the mother-child bond was the most important one in a child’s life. They focused on studying those relationships, and tended to attribute children’s outcomes – whether positive or negative – to mothers. However, within the last several decades, scientists are increasingly realizing how much dads matter.  Just … Read more

Voices of Dads

Three men talk about what they appreciate most about being a dad, the people who support them, and the big f-word – their ‘feelings’ on their journey as fathers. Gratitude John Khoo is in his 30s; he and his wife Belinda have a 5-year old daughter, Constance. As John reflects on things he appreciates as … Read more

What Fatherhood Means to Men

Active Fatherhood Benefits Fathers Themselves Research shows that fathers gain richly from being more involved in their children’s lives. Involved fathers are more likely to: Enjoy closer, richer and more satisfying father-child relationships  Feel more self-confident and effective as parents ; Feel more important to their child  and feel encouraged to be even more involved; Feel connected … Read more

Fatherhood in 21st Century Asia: Research, Interventions and Policies

Significant Milestone for Research on Fatherhood in Asia With rapid economic development, erosion of extended families and changing gender norms, the role of fathers in Asia is changing.  Yet, compared to the burgeoning literature on father involvement in Western societies, there have been limited studies on the evolving roles of fathers in Asia. Explaining the … Read more

Asia Fatherhood Research Conference Panel 4: Fatherhood Ideology, Aspirations and Motivations

Introduction The following article summarises research presentations in Greater Jakarta and Singapore and distils relevant points for discussion and reflection in shaping fatherhood. The presentations were made at Panel 4: Fatherhood Ideology, Aspirations and Motivations as part of the first Asia fatherhood research conference entitled Fatherhood in 21st Century Asia: Research, Interventions, and Policies. Notable … Read more