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The role that a father plays in his children’s lives is critical to their development and how they’ll develop relationships of their own and engage with the world through all the stages of their childhood, to adulthood. Research highlights that just by being present, a father has a significantly...
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A few months ago, I had a very personal conversation with the father of my children. To be honest, it started off very casual but quickly turned serious and I’m really glad it did because from that conversation I learned two very important things:
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When I think of my father, I am filled with warm feelings. Love, really. Such a wonderful man. Not a perfect man, as he was perfectly human and complex in many ways. A product of his time. He grew up quite poor and worked his way up to be...
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When a boy loses their father, it raises a lot of questions but the most difficult is when they transition from a boy to a man. That father figure they looked up to and were hoping would guide them through this process is no longer there. My husband, Ndumiso Madonsela,...
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By default, mothers are expected to be hands-on, and so we are. Even the term ‘hands-on dad’ is questionable as there isn’t really a female equivalent. It made me wonder what the world would be like if the same that was expected of us was expected of dads. As progressive...
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It is truly amazing how confident I was in my knowledge about parenting … before I became a parent. There were so many things that seemed obvious to me – like the idea that if you are tired, just wait until the baby sleeps, and then you can go...
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Once upon a (fairly recent) time, fathers went out to work and paid the bills while mothers stayed home to raise children and kept the house spotless. But this nuclear family model - a heterosexual man and a heterosexual woman with children - has begun to change in the...
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Dads play such a significant role in the family unit, even though sometimes it feels like the family would do just fine without him – as long as they have his credit card! It’s not an easy task to be a father; juggling work pressures, financial stress, being a good...
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The first 1000 days of a child’s life are crucial. During this time the foundations for optimum health, rapid brain growth and child development are laid. New mothers undergo enormous emotional and physical changes in this time, too. South Africa has made great strides in prioritising these first 1000 days...
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These days, the idea of the hard-working, emotionally distant and frequently absent father figure seems like a caricature from the past. During the past few decades, the discussion has moved beyond the father as only the breadwinner to encompass other styles of fathering variously described as “new”, “involved”, “active”...
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