Category Archives: Inspiring Dads Articles

Glean from a treasure trove of fathering tips from Centre for Fathering’s expert community! These have been designed as simple reflective practices that will guide you to being a better dad, and increase the wellbeing of your children and family.

Fathers As Coach – A Useful Paradigm for Parenting Teens (3/9)

The third foundation for coaching our teens is that as fathers we need to be available and approachable. You would notice that teenagers spend less and less time with their parents. Some even do not want to be seen with their parents! Friends become more important for them. The amount of school workload also takes their time away. This […]

Fathers As Coach – A Useful Paradigm for Parenting Teens (2/9)

Last week we addressed the first foundation of being a good coach to our teens “that we are the best parents for them”. The next foundation of good teen coaching is to view our teens in a way that will nurture their growth. It is amazing how our different our feelings and reactions to a […]

Fathers As Coach – A Useful Paradigm for Parenting Teens (1/9)

Many fathers find themselves suddenly helpless in parenting their teens.  What had worked in their parenting approach to their children are no longer helpful when they become teenagers. When children are much younger, they welcomed and needed to be told what to do. As they grow into their teens years, they needed space and flexibility […]

Family Types

Although every family is unique, there are significant similarities between all families, there are three characteristic types or patterns that are observable: Autocratic, Permissive and Nurturing family types. The Autocratic Family This is where one or both parents rule the family with absolute authority. Here the parenting style is rigid, domineering allowing very little freedom […]

Family Rules (1/2)

Human beings are rule makers and rule followers. Rules make it possible for us to live in communities without getting in each other’s way or violating each other’s rights and boundaries. A family rule refers to any behaviour pattern that is indigenous to a family system or relationship. For example, if Mom and Dad want […]

Just Time

Anthony Yeo, the late “Father” of family counseling in Singapore, once deposited a timeless nugget of wisdom in my life some eon back.  He said kids don’t really understand “quality” time. Just time. How wise! We delude ourselves into thinking that we can “schedule” quality time with our kids don’t we?  That special moment when our kid […]