The father volunteer: Impacting your child positively

WITH the news coverage given to volunteerism recently, it is timely to examine it in the context of the father-child relationship. Being less fortunate, while sometimes a matter of perspective, calls to all people of good conscience to step up, starting with the building of a compassionate heart. It also brings home the need to appreciate what we have. In "Fathering Matters" the CFF provides suggestions for fathers to use volunteerism as a means to help their children develop a strong and caring social conscience even as they grow their own father-child relationship.

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Getting a dog? Some pointers

spca_dog2.jpgEXAMINATIONS are drawing to a close, and maybe you promised a dog to your child! Well, deciding to get a pet dog is already a major milestone. The next steps are no less important. These include where to get it from, whether it will be puppy, a stray or an abandoned dog, and care-related issues.

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Parent-child styles for learning and connecting

IN this issue of "Fathering Matters", the CFF helps parents to appreciate their impact on their kids from a very early age. The writer notes that child psychologists since Jean Piaget had demonstrated that babies as young as six weeks old have the capability of deferred imitation – the mental capacity to store, remember actions or objects, and later, just simply by thinking, are able imitate or act on this knowledge.

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The marathon dad

FATHERING is an often understated role in the family. Often it is confined to the aspects of going out to earn a living for the family, to make the money in order to take care of the basic and not-so-basic needs of the household. In this "Fathering Matters" column, the Centre for Fathering (CFF) helps us through various articles to appreciate the manifold aspects to effective fathering. This debut article touches on engagement with your child through a basic sporting activity like running. 

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FAQs on pet adoption

IS your child ready to adopt a pet? This calls for commitment on their part. Importantly, they will need your critical guidance and oversight in looking after the pet. Assuming you are prepared for this, adoption is also an excellent way of teaching your child to be responsible for something other than themselves. Also check out the  SPCA's FAQ guide to to help you decide on your readiness, and the various aspects to consider before making a final decision for adoption. 

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