Deepening outreach to the Indian community

DADs for Life kicked off Appa Valnaal Uravu (AVU) to better engage the local Indian community early this year. Appa Valnaal Uravu, which translates to “Dads life-long relationship” aims to boost bonding between Indian fathers and children as well as families. Bonding over colours A group of dedicated volunteers from AVU organised Holi with Dad which gathered fifty Indian families … Read More

Families bond through prison outreach

In 2018, DADs for Life engaged 120 incarcerated fathers and their families through equipping classes and outreach activities that were held in the Singapore prisons. These fathers were equipped through classes such as ICAN Fathering and Navigating the Teens Years workshops as well as father-child bonding activities during open visit sessions. During the visits, the incarcerated fathers and their families … Read More

Go Green

I have flown a kite only once in my entire life. Perhaps that was the only time my dad told me to “Go fly kite” (kidding). But from a young age, I’ve been attracted to scenic landscapes and nature. At first I thought that it was just a personal preference, but later learned that humans are biophilic: possessing an innate … Read More

Turn Towards Your Child’s Bids

”It’s so hard to get my 14-year old daughter to open up to me,” a father laments. “The only two times she speaks with me is to ask for her monthly allowance and to complain about how her elder siblings have been bullying her.” Sounds familiar? Obviously, this father isn’t aware that his daughter has been trying to connect with … Read More

We must Look and Listen

All of my three children were delivered at the same hospital and the same thing happened for every one of them. A nurse would take the new born away in a towel to clean it up immediately after the gynae had cut the umbilical cord. Soon after, she would announce: “Ten fingers. Ten toes.” The parents would then breathe a … Read More

Wives Appreciate Husbands – Sharing Kisses This Dad’s Day Out

Dad’s Day Out was celebrated differently on Father’s Day this year, with greater focus placed on Mums showing appreciation for Dads. Dad’s Day Out is the flagship event and culminating point of the yearly Celebrating Fathers movement’s month-long series of activities. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat and his wife graced the event, held at the … Read More

Celebrating Fathers with Special Needs Children at Cookie Making Workshop

Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin joined 12 pairs of fathers and their special needs children on May 26, 2019 to make cookies using a less-sugar recipe at a hands-on workshop hosted by chefs at My NoNNa’s. My NoNNa’s is a social enterprise who hires persons with handicap and special needs. The cookie making workshop was one of 90 father-child … Read More

Co-parenting After A Divorce

“Jane, daddy will not be staying with us any more.” That’s simply saying “We’re getting a divorce!” For some time now, the home that was once a sanctuary, was noticeably becoming more like a war zone with no place of refuge. She is caught up in a cross-fire of scorn and animosity. Soon, though she doesn’t know it yet, she … Read More