Wednesday, August 10th, 2011
WHAT do kids need from their dads?

That question will be explored by leading fathering author Professor Bruce Robinson – winner of a 2004 Family Service Award – at the Cockburn Seniors Centre from 7.30pm, September 1.

Director of The Fathering Project and author of the best-selling books Fathering in the Fast Lane and Daughters and their Dads, Professor Robinson is a senior academic from the University of WA who regularly speaks on fathering across Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and UK.

He has lectured on fathering for nearly 20 years and has more than 150 published papers numerous awards.

The Fathering Project is a university-based, non-profit team of professionals aiming to help fathers realise their importance in their children’s lives while also giving them advice on how to encourage their offspring.

The work also assists father figures such as grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles, mentors, youth leaders, teachers, pastors and coaches, as part of helping children who do not have much contact with their fathers.

Professor Robinson’s work was triggered by statistics showing:
• While mothers are usually involved in children’s lives, education and health matters, many fathers are not as involved as they could be.
• Father-absence has a major impact on education, such as attitude to school, truancy and bullying, and susceptibility to drug addiction, depression, cigarette smoking and crime.
• The estimate cost to Australia is more than $12 billion a year.

As part of the presentation at Cockburn Seniors Centre, the DVD What Kids Really Need from their Dads will also be shown, providing ideas on improving children’s education and health.

Palmyra Primary School principal Hugh McCrackan previously engaged Professor Robinson to speak at his school and said the fathers who attended “loved it”.

“What we didn’t expect was the amount of positive feedback from the mums, who are very supportive of see dads get more involved in their children’s lives,” he said.

Tickets for Professor Robinson’s presentation are $5, available from the City of Cockburn’s front counter at 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood, or online at for $7.

Tea, coffee, biscuits and a booklet are included in the ticket price.

The Cockburn Seniors Centre is also at 9 Coleville Crescent. For inquiries, call Sian Halsall on (08) 9414 6011.

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Fathering expert Professor Bruce Robinson will speak at the Cockburn Seniors Centre on September 1.

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