Dads, mums and children were all involved in a recent
seminar titled ‘The importance of being a dad: celebrating equality and
difference’ at the Clayton campus.
Organised by the Work Life Family Unit as part of its New
Parent Information Exchange initiative, the seminar featured Mr Scott Hall from Learning
Mr Hall presented a dynamic interactive session, aimed at
helping fathers define their changing roles and become involved in their kids’
“Being a father or a parent is one of the toughest jobs
around,” Mr Hall said. “It’s
got the lousiest hours and the pay is crap, but it has the most rewards.”
He told the audience parenting was about being there for
children, rather than about doing any one particular thing.
“It’s much more about time and relationships than about
certain methods or techniques.”
Mr Hall played the audience an excerpt from ‘The
Simpsons’, where Homer Simpson decides he’s a bad father because he knows
nothing about son Bart’s hobbies, friends or heroes.
The video prompted much laughter but reinforced the
importance of dads taking the time to get to know their kids.
Another fun part of the seminar was an exercise where
fathers discussed with the person sitting next to them the best and worst things
about being a dad.
One father commented that the worst thing was when his two
girls were upset or playing up and it seemed impossible to make them happy, but
the best thing was the love and trust they placed in him.
For more information about the New Parent Information
Exchange, contact Ms Michelle Waters on extn 54635.
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