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

Asia Fatherhood Research Conference Roundtable: Engaging Fathers and Strengthening Practice

Introduction The following summarises the Roundtable on Engaging Fathers and Strengthening Practice, and distils relevant points for discussion and reflection on how to shape programmes and policies in Singapore. The Roundtable was held as part of the first Asia fatherhood research conference entitled Fatherhood in 21st Century Asia: Research, Interventions, and Policies. Father-friendly Practices: Transitions, Linked Lives and Cultural Contexts … Read more

Working with Culturally Diverse Fathers

Introduction Research considering how cultural factors influence fatherhood practices is generally scarce. Yet, culture, like other factors, including gender, socio-economic status, and nationality, influences fatherhood. While research focused on socio-economic factors such as income and employment has produced relatively clear results, linking higher income and stable employment with more active father involvement, the link between … Read more

Men’s Experiences with their Fathers

Source: Gruenert, S. & Galligan, R. (2007). The differences dads make: Young adult men’s experiences with their fathers, Journal of Applied Psychology 3(1), 3-15. Introduction: Research shows that a child’s social, emotional, and cognitive functioning outcomes are strongly tied to their relationships with their fathers, even into adulthood. An Australian study addresses this subject by seeking to … Read more

How Do Fathers and Kin Work Together to Support Fathering

Source: Madhavan, S. and K. Roy (2012). Securing fatherhood through kin work: A comparison of Black low-income fathers and families in South Africa and the United States. Journal of Family Issues, 33 (6), 801-822. Introduction Previous research has highlighted the role of kin in supporting fathering practices in communities experiencing social and economic difficulties. Such research … Read more

A Man’s Guide to Raising Kids by Michael Grose

Did you know that children with an involved father tend to have higher self-esteem, greater achievement in school, fewer behavioural problems and greater ambitions? And their fathers are generally happier, lead fuller lives, and become better leaders and managers even outside the home. In this easy read, Michael Grose addresses many of the challenges and benefits of … Read more

The Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers by Dr Ken Canfield (Book Review)

Dr. Ken R. Canfield, founder of the National Center of Fathering (US), will be speaking at the Dads for Life Conference, at Suntec City Convention Centre on 27 May 2011. Ten thousand voices went into his book, The Seven Secrets of Effective Fathers, which has won various awards. What then, are these sought-after secrets? The … Read more

Healthy Dads, Healthy Kids

Introduction A growing body of multidisciplinary research is considering how fathers’ health consciousness, practices, and outcomes relate to their children’s quality of health and care. One implication from this research is in understanding and accounting for how fathers make decisions regarding their health and style of fathering. Connecting Fathers’ and Children’s Health Although the public … Read more

So You Want to be a Father

All parents want the best for their children. However, they are influenced by their own upbringing and their social environment. Communication between the couple is necessary as both parties may have different expectations of themselves and their offsprings. Dip into these book of simple tips for first time dads put together by Maureen Ng, a … Read more

Do Men Mother? Fathering, Care and Domestic Responsibility

Unexpected Beginnings To answer the question: “Do Men Mother?” Sociologist Andrea Doucet conducted a qualitative research over four years on 118 men in Canada who identified themselves (self-defined) as primary caregivers of their children. She came to know more about these fathers’ experiences through their narratives, that is their stories about being men in a … Read more