Family Centre: Free Parenting Group For Fathers

May 14, 2015

Director of Services, Dr. Sandy De Silva, announced that Family Centre is reaching out to fathers to participate in a three-week fathers group, beginning on Monday, May 18th, 6-7:15pm.

According to the Director, “This group will provide a space for fathers to learn how to build better relationships with their children and discussion of the impact that they have on their children as male figures in their lives.

“This group is for all fathers, single fathers, married fathers, step-fathers, and/or men who mentor children as Big Brothers. We want all dads to attend this positive parenting group because fathers matter and they have a voice that needs to be heard and strengthened in our community.”

Dr. De Silva added: “The group is targeting fathers because we often see mothers attending groups with their children and the dads do not attend for a variety of reasons. Every child is 50% their mother and 50% their father and thus needs positive and teaching input from both to feel whole.

“There is often so much attention placed on the mother’s parenting. However, the father’s role is as equally important as the mother’s role. This group can provide a place for fathers to share their positive parenting experiences with one another and learn new parenting skills.”

Martha Dismont, Executive Director states “We are doing what we can to provide offerings that can meet the needs of parents in our community, today. Parents are struggling more now than ever before, and we believe this parenting group aimed at fathers is essential support to fathers and gives them a place to strengthen who they are as parents. Today more than ever, we need all parents to be active and positive participants in their children’s lives.”

Dr. De Silva went on to say that “This Free group will start next Monday on May 18th at 6pm sharp and run until 7:15pm. The venue is Charities House, on Point Finger Road, Paget. A light dinner will be provided. Fathers are encouraged to bring their sons and daughters, if they are primary aged, these children will be engaged in fun activities with staff while the fathers are engaging in positive parenting conversation and learning and then the children interact with their fathers in ways that help foster healthier and stronger relationships. The group will run for 3 weeks on Monday nights from 6-7:15pm.”

If parents are interested, she encouraged them to contact Darien at 232-1116 to sign up for the group.

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  1. Amazed says:

    This is a really great opportunity to gather much needed information on how to parent a child as a father but unfortunately the fathers that could really benefit and learn how to parent will not be there.