Fathers Day for separated Dads

As featured in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Post

https://www.hkpost.com.au/fathers-day/fathers-day-for-separated-dads-and-their-kids


While I cannot speak to everyone’s experience, respectfully, I speak here only to ones I have been a witness to, in my own life and work.


As Father’s Day approaches, I am struck by the reality that many separated fathers live away from their children. In lockdown, with on-again-off-again border closures, many will be impacted this Father’s Day, with on-screen or phone catchups highly likely.


Just as the care and attachment to mum shapes the identity of a child, so does contact and connection with dad, where he can be present. If we take the view that identity is co-created in relationship with those in childhood, a meaningful connection with a father contributes much to a child’s developing sense of self.