Category Archives: Inspiring Dads Stories

Overcoming family violence to rebuild his marriage and home

The story of 33-year-old Ramlan Saruan and his family explores his turbulent transition into fatherhood, a history of family abuse, circumstances of immense pain and loss and how he turned a corner and found the strength and grace to start afresh. Ramlan and his wife, Shamsiah, have three children – Idris (7), Idrus (5), and […]

Bryan Tan restores family relationships after almost walking out

Bryan Tan, CEO of Centre for Fathering is father to four children aged 1 to 12 years old. From not wanting to have children, to being an absent father and then an involved father of his children, what brought about this change of heart? Bryan spent his growing up years living under the shadow of […]

Anand Lal strives to make Singapore more inclusive for special needs son

Father to a fifteen year old son with intellectual disabilities, apraxia and dyspraxia. Anand Lal is a swim coach, adult training facilitator and gamification consultant who has overcome the challenges of bringing up a child with special needs to champion the cause of making Singapore a more inclusive society. Despite minor development delays in the […]

Mohamed Jamaluddin Abdullah overcomes effects of lonely childhood to become loving father

Mohamed Jamaluddin Abdullah’s experience as a neglected foster child did not prepare him well for the challenges of fatherhood. In his growing up years, Jamal experienced a lonely childhood lacking in love and trust where his adoptive parents favoured their two biological children who were born after they adopted him. These experiences led him to […]

Bruce Mathieu gives up drugs to to give his daughter happiness

A repeat drug offender and gang member, Bruce Mathieu spent the prime of his life in and out of prison. And by his fifth prison sentence, Bruce had become a husband and father. The turning point came when Bruce’s daughter came by to celebrate her fourth birthday with him. Her birthday wish was simple – […]

Conversation with Our Patron, Speaker of Parliament Mr Tan Chuan-Jin

As Centre for Fathering-Dads for Life enters a season of celebrating fathers from every generation, it is fitting that we would enter Parliament House to interview our Patron, Speaker of Parliament Mr Tan Chuan-Jin. After all, within these halls of power, Singapore’s founding fathers set the foundation and framework for the remarkable story of our […]

Yusof and Asnawi: We’re a Team

When he is in Singapore, family time is precious for Mr Mohammad Yusof Suleiman (36), his wife Mdm Norinda Bachok (34), and their six children: Muhammad Asnawi (13), Nur Insyirah (12), 9-year-old twins Nur Huda and Nur Husna, and 3-year-old twins Nur Syakirah and Nur Syabirah. A Service Technician in the oil and gas industry […]

Eruandee and Nooraini – Partners in Life

Mr CP Eruandee Prayitna’s eyes light up at the mention of his family. A dad of three, Eruandee (43), better known as ‘Wan’, is Deputy Head of Engagement and Outreach at Centre for Fathering–Dads for Life (CFF-DFL). His work is to encourage active fathering in Singapore’s Malay-Muslim community. His wife, Kindergarten Teacher, Nooraini Bte Md […]