A WEEKEND AWAY FOR DADS THAT HAVE SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN


 

We are a group of dads with children that have special needs. We get together once a year for a getaway

weekend at Easter Seals Camp Woodeden in London On. This year Dads Camp will be on September

19th to 21st 2014. We are always looking for more dads to join us for a great time. The weekend is for

dads only (sorry no kids). The cost for the weekend is 50 dollars, this covers food and other costs. We

look after all own cooking and cleaning.

Friday night is an informal greeting to rehash old friendship and make new ones with first timers. This is

a great time for sharing information with peers. Saturday after breakfast we have the day to do as we

please; some go golfing, fishing, bike riding or grab that book that you have not had time to read and

find a quiet place to relax. Saturday Evening we prepare a nice meal. Saturday Night we have a camp fire

at the fire pit and/or movies in the rec. hall. Sunday Morning after breakfast we do a cleanup and then

we slowly depart.

To print the Dads Camp flyer download it here: DADS CAMP FLYER

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The New Dad Manual – A source of limitless insight and information

The New Dad Manual is developed by fathers for fathers. Being a new dad can be overwhelming, confusing, intimidating, tiring, but also amazing and really exciting. The site answers your basic questions about babies, new moms and new dads.

There’s also information on everything from diaper changes, comforting babies, sleep, car seats, changes to relationships between fathers and their partners to fun things to do with infants and differences in parenting styles.

With dozens of videos, personal stories and advice from parents and professionals this is a great site to share with any new dads or dads to be. You can also order printed copies of the manual.

See more at New Dad Manual

Does Fatherhood Make Your Brain Bigger?

Until recently nearly all human research on the neural effects of parenting has been focused on mothers. But a new paper published by researchers at the University of Denver and Yale are changing that.

daddy-brainBy scanning the brains of dads in the first two weeks of infancy and then again 12 to 16 weeks later a comparison was made. Amazingly, the second scan showed that fathers gained grey matter volume in a number of areas.

What do all these brain volume increases mean? It’s hard to know, but the researchers implicates many of these neural regions as important for attachment and nurturing behaviors. The changes may also reflect the new and powerful importance of babies to their fathers. But which comes first – the importance or the brain changes?

The new research also uncovered several brain regions that appeared to shrink in early fatherhood. The regions displaying reduced grey matter volume are parts of the brain that tends to become collectively more active as we switch off from the outside world. The researchers speculated that the shrinking of these brain regions could reflect a “shift of resources” away from the external issues, in line with fathers’ new vigilance for their precious offspring.

I think most fathers know that they are changed by becoming dads but it can be helpful to have scientific evidence that, indeed, we are significantly affected by our transition into parenthood.

 

Cooking with Dad!

During the month of May families in Wawa, Ontario  had the opportunity to participate in the Cooking With Dad! workshop that washeld at AJ’s Pizza.Cooking with Dad-page-001

The goal of the workshop was to provide an opportunity for children to spend quality time with the male care givers in their lives while doing something FUN!

What could be better than learning how to make pizza at a real restaurant!

Each year Superior Children’s Centre applies for one time seed funding from Dad Central in order to celebrate dads and male caregivers and what an important role they play in the lives of children.

This year Superior Children’s Centre and AJ’s Pizza teamed up to offer two free sessions to the community. The participants learned the importance of having a clean work station, hand washing and of course preparing their pizza and choosing from a large variety of wonderful toppings!This was a very popular workshop and the hopes are that it will be offered again. Thank you to all who participated!

Find out more about the Superior Children’s Centre and the programs they offer.

To find programs for fathers in your area check out the Dad Central directory.

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Is giving our kids everything we can the best way to raise them?

Sting-inheritance-to-kids-400x249Mega rich musician Sting recently announced publicly that he won’t be leaving his fortune to his kids. While some might see this as a malicious or cruel act, his choice is very intentional and comes from a caring and supportive place. Sting grew up with hard working parents and learned the value of self-reliance at an early age. His concern that his children would not have the same opportunity to learn and grow inspired his decision. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Sting said,

‘I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate. Obviously, if they were in trouble I would help them, but I’ve never really had to do that. They have the work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit.’

Does our desire to support our kids and give them everything that we can ultimately build their self-reliance and their ambition and drive? Its not an easy balance to strike but one we should certainly consider, not only as it relates to inheritance but in our daily interactions around money as well.

Jean Chatzky offers 6 clear steps to teaching financial knowledge and responsibility to our kids.

Step 1: Stop spoiling your kids
Step 2: Give an allowance…then make it work
Step 3: Make saving and investing a habit
Step 4: Teach your children to work
Step 5: Teach your children to give
Step 6: Teach good credit card habits

Do you think Sting is being cruel or kind? What do you do to encourage self-reliance and financial responsibility to your kids?

How are dads being portrayed in the media?

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According to a survey done in the UK in 2013 50% of respondents believe fathers are represented as lazy and stupid by the media. More than 90% said that said the stereotypes of fathers depicted by the media were out of touch with reality.

“It’s never been harder to be a father – but good dads have never been more needed by their families. So it seems perverse we are telling men to step up and be involved, while running them down in the media,” said the founder of the parenting website that conducted the survey, Siobhan Freegard.

Ross Jones, policy and communications manager for campaign group Families Need Fathers said poor media representation was a big issue for dads.

“It shows them as incompetent when it comes to looking after their children or doing their bit around the house. It would be nice to see more accurate representations that reflect the many fathers across the country that parent equally. It comes up with our members who may be struggling to see their children or to keep meaningful relationship with them. When they see these negative representations it makes them feel the role of father is being devalued,” he said.

This article and the survey it references are from the UK. Do you think its reflective of the reality in North America? What dads on tv or in movies do you consider to be positive role models?

To see some beautiful pictures of dads being well-represented click here!

New Dad Manual – Resources for Aboriginal Fathers

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In traditional Aboriginal teachings, a child’s spirit chooses both parents. That is a powerful idea for a father. It means that, even though you are not the one who gave birth to your child, your child chose you to be their dad. That creates both a responsibility and an opportunity to develop a relationship with your children and to be a positive influence in their lives.

The relationship you and your child develop as you spend time together is the foundation for almost everything good you can do as a father. The closer you are to your children, the more likely they will listen to you and look to you for direction. It will also help you support your kids through difficult times they will encounter as they grow up.

 

See more at: New Dad Manual’s Resources for Aboriginal Fathers.

New Dad Manual has developed online resource for all kinds of dads.Check out www.newdadmanual.ca to see more videos and explore resources for new dads.

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