This Father’s Day at Entropy, the Elves are taking time to recognise the importance of the vital role a father plays in a child’s life. Although it’s a major part of it, it’s not all fun and games – dads really play their part in the learning, development and overall wellbeing of their children.
Traditionally, mothers are the nurturers and fathers are more likely to be involved in play… well – that’s not the case anymore! At least this is true for Damian King, stay-at-home father of two gorgeous girls, Bridget (three and a half years old) and Stephie (two years old). Damian and his girls are weekly visitors to our regular craft classes.
Damian is a carpenter by profession and his wife is a GP. Due to economic reasons, it’s more beneficial for Damian to stay at home. This is quite common for a lot of families; in fact, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there are 39,300 stay-at-home dads.
There has been a great shift in roles within our culture in the past 20 years. Dads are no longer leaving the house in the early hours, and returning in time for a pre-bed kiss. This cultural change means there is loads of time for dads to be more hands-on with their children than ever before, which has proven to bring a wealth of benefits.
Studies by the University of Western Australia have shown that children with involved fathers have better learning capacity, more developed social skills and they are better equipped to deal with emotional distress. Getting involved is also great for dads; they are more likely to feel satisfied with their quality of life but most importantly, they gain a stronger sense of being important to their children.
Damian really enjoys being at home with his girls and has gotten to experience things he wouldn’t have otherwise. “The most rewarding part of this has been being there for the little things, as well as getting to see them achieve their mile-stones, like crawling and taking the first steps”. However, he assures us it hasn’t all been that easy!
The most challenging aspect has been needing to learn new things. “Patience was something I had to learn quickly… then cleaning, making baby food and prioritising house work”, Damian said with a laugh. He’s also had to pick up a few dolls and participate in his fair share of dress-ups; all things he admits were foreign to him.
Whether your situation differs from this or not, one thing is for certain: there is no better way to form a bond with children than through play and sharing experiences together. This Father’s Day, we truly commend those dads like Damian who are making a positive difference in their children’s lives. So make plans to spend this 7th of September playing with your little ones and their (or your) favourite toys!
Find toys that will help to create those treasured times with dad at www.entropy.com.au.