Australian dads eager for more information on fatherhood
An online poll conducted by Raising Children Network has found that 80% of Australian fathers who responded are eager to learn more about becoming a dad. However, the poll also showed that over two thirds of fathers and expectant fathers don’t seek information about becoming a dad from pregnancy websites.
The poll of 502 fathers and expectant fathers sought to identify trends and barriers for fathers in seeking and using online pregnancy and fathering information. It also found that 35% of respondents did not access pregnancy sites for information because they felt websites were often focused on mothers.
Warren Cann, Board Director of the Raising Children Network, says the results of the poll show that men are extremely eager to be involved in parenting but would like information tailored to their specific needs.
“Australian fathers are more actively involved in their children’s lives than ever before and they make a real difference to their children’s learning and development,” said Warren. “Fatherhood is an exciting, rewarding and challenging time. Having access to information that helps with questions and provides support is very important.”
Warren also emphasised the point of providing information and support to fathers early on in their parenting journey. “Helping dads get off to a good start can have a significant impact, as behaviours established early on tend to continue to a certain degree.
This is supported by a report from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, using data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC), which indicated that fathers who were more involved around childbirth remained more involved as their children grew.
The LSAC study also showed higher ratings of fathers’ confidence in parenting were positively associated with children’s socio-emotional and learning outcomes.
“Dads feeling competent and confident in their roles as fathers is crucial to their children’s development,” said Warren. “Partners, families, programs and services all play a part in including and engaging fathers and acknowledging their contribution to the development of their children.”
The Raising Children Network website includes content specifically written for fathers, such as articles about dad’s changing role, how to make special ‘dad time’ happen and how dads can find a balance between work and family life.
Raising Children Network today launched its latest campaign; Raising Children, the Ultimate Juggling Act! <www.raisingchildren-juggling.com.au > The campaign aims to have fathers and mothers share and celebrate their ‘parenting triumphs’ with other parents, family and friends on Facebook.
For further information visit www.raisingchildren.net.au
On the Raising Children Network website, parents and carers will find reliable and scientifically validated information and resources to support them in the day-to-day decisions of raising children and looking after their own needs. The Raising Children Network website offers up-to-date, research-based material on more than 800 topics spanning child development, behaviour, health, nutrition and fitness, play and learning, connecting and communicating, school and education, entertainment and technology and sleep and safety.