Fathers Day for separated Dads

As featured in the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Post


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.