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Father-child bonding and team parenting

10/03/2020 (7:00pm - 10:30pm)

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Tresillian Dubbo Family Care Centre
Tresillian Dubbo Family Care Centre
214 Darling Street, Dubbo NSW 2830
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Fathers Matter

Father-child bonding and team parenting. An evening with Associate Professor Richard Fletcher.

Based on 30 years of research and work with fathers

A/Professor Richard Fletcher will address the issues of father-child bonding and team parenting. Some starting questions are:

  • Does bonding matter and is there only one kind of bonding or does it come in different flavours?
  • Are there compulsory activities, such as cuddling or kissing? Does taking him with you to the footy or watching hours of
    dance practice count?
  • We are all supposed to be team players, even at home. But how does that work when you have different skills and only one of you can breastfeed?
  • All dads want to support their wives/partners but what does that look like exactly? How do you know that you are using the right type of support?

A/Prof Fletcher uses video, anecdotes and bite-sized research summaries to explain why and how fathers matter.

Associate Professor Richard Fletcher

As an apprentice plumber Richard attended night school to gain entry to Sydney University to study science and he taught science in NSW and Kenya schools.

Returning to work in health promotion he pioneered the development of Men’s Health and Boys’ Health areas of study.

His PhD research into father-infant attachment has led him to investigate fathers’ role in families across topics such as ‘rough and tumble play’, paternal depression and co parenting.

As Associate Professor in the Family Action Centre at the University  of Newcastle his postgraduate teaching includes working with fathers in vulnerable families and father-infant attachment.

Richard’s book “The Dad Factor: How the Father-Baby Bond Helps a Child for Life” has been translated into 5 languages. He is editor of the Fatherhood Research Bulletin.

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