On Sunday, September 2, the nation will collectively celebrate dads on Father’s Day.
This is a chance to show your father you appreciate every time they watched your soccer game, taught you how to ride a bike or picked you up from a party and didn’t tell Mum that you smelled slightly of cheap wine.
Becoming a dad can be a stressful time for men.
New responsibilities and a loss of ‘me’ time can hit new fathers hard, especially in the early years.
Providing for a family can also be stressful as the income shared with a partner now becomes squeezed even tighter as you pay medical costs, school fees and mortgage payments for that bigger house.
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But as the years go on, and dads settle into their role, dads become a source of strength for families.
A 2011 report released by the Australian Institure of Family Studies (Fathering in Australia Among Couple Families With Young Children) confirmed that Australian fathers play a vital role in their families.
“The analyses showed that fathers made a major contribution to the family income, were supportive of their partners, participated in unpaid work within the home (albeit at lower levels than mothers), spent time with their children (although again, at lower levels than mothers), and were generally parenting well and felt they were doing a good job in their fathering role,” outlined the report.
The report also found that factors such as a fathers' working arrangements, their mental health and the quality of relationships between partners was extremely important.
The ability of a father to co-parent well and show warmth to their children affected their kid’s emotional and learning outcomes.
The report concluded that fathering "matters" for children and families and there are “tangible benefits to be gained from fostering fathers' involvement in their families.”
Being a good father takes time and attention.
He may not always get it right and his jokes may not always be funny, but most father’s work very hard to be present, and give unconditional love to their children.
They also offer their own perspective in order to raise well-rounded and happy children.
Appreciating dad is important for your relationship as well as for dad.
It’s a way of saying that you notice his contribution, you appreciate him – and all his quirks – and that you’re grateful for the sacrifices he makes to ensure you have a happy and comfortable life.
Sending a card or letter, or better yet – paying your father a visit will let him know you appreciate everything he has done, still does and is yet to do. Because let’s face it, dads are pretty rad.