6Cs to consider when buying a tech toy for your child

Written by Parcsen Loke Think back to the time you played at a playground. There were many different colours and shapes to stimulate your mind. The wide open spaces compelled you to run around and explore. There were ropes to climb and tunnels to crawl through, to test and train your strength and agility. You were probably not alone at … Read More

Play: More than Just Fun

Written by Parcsen Loke It has been said that “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” Does it only mean that Jack is bored if he does not get to play, or much more? The eminent play scholar, Joe Frost, in his compelling book, “A History of Childhood Play and Play Environments” (1) tellingly shows that the … Read More

6 Predictors of Divorce

Written by Parcsen Loke In The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work, Dr. John Gottman lists the six things that predict divorce. This ability to predict divorce is based in part on his analysis of 124 newlywed couples (married less than 6 months) who were observed a the “Love Lab” apartment at the University of Washington. The study involved observing … Read More

Book Review: Achieving Success Without Failing Your Family by Dr Paul Faulkner

A noted speaker, writer, and professor of marriage and family therapy, Dr Paul Faulkner interviewed 30 sets of parents to discover how they raised vibrant families while achieving success at work. At the same time, he researched what makes families strong. This book, Achieving Success Without Failing Your Family–How 30 successful families achieved family excellence (1995), brings together insights from his research … Read More

Emotion Coaching Workshop

The Centre for Fathering–Dads for Life (CFF-DFL) held an Emotion Coaching workshop at their premises in “The Tennery” on 10 Nov 2018 to equip parents with useful handles on being an emotion coach to their children. It was conducted by Ruby Lee, a passionate and experienced Parenting Coach, Marriage Therapist & Counsellor, who is an Associate Trainer with CFF-DFL. Based … Read More

ICAN-Dads in Training

The Centre for Fathering–Dads for Life (CFF-DFL) held a ICAN training program at their premises in “The Tennery” on 20 Oct 2018 to equip dads with useful handles on fathering. It was conducted by 54 year old Parcsen Loke, a passionate and experienced Family Life Educator and Coach with CFF-DFL. ICAN which stands for Involvement, Consistency, Awareness and Nurturance, was … Read More

Use Adventure to Build Trust, Facilitate Communication and Teach Values

Centre for Fathering-Dads for Life’s (CFF-DFL) “Adventure Camp with Dad” (ACD) is an activity-based programme designed to build trust and communication between father and child, whilst nurturing a sense of adventure. Additionally, as an experiential activity that stretches participants and takes them outside their comfort zones, it offers fathers many opportunities to impart values and life skills to their children. Based on … Read More

Game for a Lifetime

In his speech at our Dads on the Greens 2018 Charity Event post-game dinner, Guest-of-Honour and Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan asked 3 questions to the sponsors and guests: For our golfers at the event, many of us being busy dads, we were also “coming home”. Getting out on the course would also remind us of 3 questions … Read More

Sustaining the Boleh spirit in parenting!

On the bright Sunday morning of 16th September 2018, well before 9am, it was already full attendance at the Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre. Some 100 Malay couples turned up, well dressed and spritely, eagerly awaiting the start of the third annual parenting seminar jointly organised by the Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) and the Centre for Fathering (CFF-DFL). Titled … Read More

Adventure Camp with Dad

What sets Centre for Fathering – Dads for Life’s (CFF-DFL) Adventure Camp with Dad apart as an outstanding father-child bonding programme is its immediate, action-oriented approach to helping them build trust and remove barriers in their relationships. The camp has positively impacted the lives of many families since 2001. “In other programmes, we sit and listen to the speaker who gives us tips on … Read More