Spring Fest is Returning to Flinders University!

Spring Fest is Returning to Flinders University!

Flinders University is calling all explorers to experience their spring garden of fun, education and entertainment!

Get ready to meet the animals, roll around in the ball pit and get those thumbs green, because once again Flinders University have partnered with Nature Play SA to cultivate a packed program of free activities and experiences for the whole family to enjoy this October!

Come and be amazed by the weird, wacky and exciting wonders of science live on stage, construct your own cubby house overlooking the picturesque lake, or brew your own nature potion… SpringFest is a great day for all kids big and small!

This is the perfect day out for the family to enjoy the wonderful Flinders University grounds and a range of free activities!

This day will be jam-packed with activities including:

Thinking Caps Science Show
Interactive Animal Shows
Market stalls
Two stages featuring live music
Arts and crafts
Activities are free and so is parking.

Keep reading for more information on the Spring Fest program below!

Artists on the Main Stage

Amelia Ryan

Amelia Ryan is a multi-award-winning Cabaret Artist, Writer, Presenter, Mentor and Mum. A Musical Theatre Actress by trade (Victorian College of the Arts), she swapped ‘Song and Dance’ for ‘Comedy and Cabaret’, when she realised her ability to do a time-step (or ANY step) paled in comparison to her knack for cracking a quip.

Adam Page

Adam Page is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, music educator and record producer based in Adelaide, South Australia. Known widely for his critically acclaimed solo multi-instrumental looping performances, Page has carved his path internationally as a composer. He has written major works for the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (which he has also conducted), the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra Wellington, Zephyr Quartet and has collaborated with John Psathas, NZ composer of the 2004 Athens Olympics ceremony music.

Page’s other musical collaborations stretch far and wide, working with artists and groups such as The Australian String Quartet, Slava Grigoryan, Noel Gallagher, Katie Noonan, Riki Gooch, Jamie MacBen Todd, The Wizard Tone Art Orchestra, The Shaolin Afronauts, 1.1 Immermann, Ross McHenry, Thomas Oliver, The Adelaide Sax Pack, Darren Percival, Mal Webb, Zephyr Quartet, Lisa Tomlins and Dr. Chandrakant Sardeshmukh. He has also recorded with artists such as Electric Wire Hustle, Julien Dyne, Julia Deans, Mark de Clive-Lowe, Christoph El’ Truento, Oisima, Spook City, Ben Todd, The Shaolin Afronauts, Nico Suave and Dave Whitehead (recording various sounds for The Hobbit films).

Liz Calahan

Founder and Director of Bey Dance, Liz Calahan is about empowering and encouraging people to engage with each other through dance.

Working with Make A Wish foundation Liz has taught dance to children that want to be on stage or find the confidence to dance ‘like everyone is Watching’ which was her aptly named show at this years ‘Dream Big Festival.’

Bortier Okoe

Bortier sings messages of peace, anti-poverty, connections, resilience, and tolerance – communicating across boundaries and countries. His unifying lyrics convey strong messages for humanity while his dynamic live performances are exhilarating, delivered with power, grace and a sense of humour. Bortier’s music is unique and irresistible – making a significant contribution and progression to World Music.

Bortier Okoe has performed around the world, and is revered as one of the most talented multi-instrumentalists in the African music genre. Well-known for his extraordinary musical gifts and exciting innovations.

Nathan May

Multi-talented emerging singer-songwriter Nathan May descends from the Arabana, Yawuru and Marridjabin clans. Nathan writes in memory of his friends and family and as a reminder that there’s always hope. He sings with a wide-open smile from deep within his soul and has an innate ability to craft songs and express feelings of wide appeal to a broad audience that are way beyond his 24 young years. Nathan has recently been nominated and a finalist for the South Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander Artist of the Year Award.

Activities: Hub | SpringFest

The Collections Project: Jake Holmes
Screen Printing Workshop
Activity: Have a go at making your own hand screen printed poster with South Australian artist Jake Holmes. Pick out designs and experiment with text, shapes, colour, layers and textures to make a poster of your own.

Artist Bio: Jake Holmes is an Adelaide based visual artist working across a variety of mediums including; screen printing, mural painting, illustration, audio and collage. Jake is currently in residency at Flinders University and will respond to the University’s extensive collection of political posters, one of most diverse poster collections in the country.

Jake Holmes is well known as the printmaker behind the rainbow ‘C’mon Aussie C’mon’ posters. In collaboration with street artists Peter Drew, they transformed the famous cricket anthem into an iconic image in support of Australian marriage equality. This has also transformed into a poster to support the ‘Change the date‘ movement, in collaboration with artist Elizabeth Close. He is also the cofounder of PRINT CULT and Tooth and Nail studio and gallery, a city-based communal studio which opened in 2011 and ran for seven years. “The opportunity to spend time with and research important political works, particularly from recent South Australian history, through my own practice is incredibly exciting.”

Basket weaving

Activity: Learn a new relaxing and engaging handicraft. Basket weaving is a creative, social and meditative process, as any maker will tell you, being mindful throughout the creative process is just as important as the product itself. Discover the joy of this ancient craft, while creating something with your own hands.

Artist Bio: Lakun Mara is an Aboriginal owned business run by Sonya Rankine, a Ngarrindjeri, Narungga, Ngadjuri woman of South Australia. Lakun Mara key focus is cultural revival and maintenance of traditional Ngarrindjeri weaving techniques and cultural practice.

Activities: Anchor Court Stage |SpringFest

The Bone Detectives

Activity: Ever wondered how palaeontologists can identify an animal just from its bones? The Bone Detectives is a casual, fun and interactive lecture that uses modern Australian animals to give a little perspective on how a palaeontologist would look at prehistoric creatures. Professor Flint will even sing a song or two.

Artist Bio: Heaps Goods Productions Creative Director, Michael Mills has written, directed, produced and appeared in many shows as a variety of characters, as well as himself, during the Australian Festival for Young People, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, at Adelaide, Melbourne and Taronga Zoos, the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, the S.A. Museum, the S.A. Maritime Museum, and at hundreds of schools and kindergartens. He has performed his shows to sell-out crowds at the Royal Sydney Botanic Garden. He has also acted as an Artist in Residence in several schools, creating musical productions with the students. Michael wrote songs and music for, and was a regular presenter, on Channel 7’s national children’s television show, “The Book Place” throughout it’s final series. He has also appeared on a number of other local and national television shows in his capacity as a children’s writer and performer.

Flinders University STEM Outreach

Activity: Do you want to learn how to make liquid nitrogen ice cream or explore the Lizard Ecology room in search of 5 ‘lizards’ considering adaptions for survival, lifestyles and habitats. How many lizards can you find before time runs out?

Artist Bio: The Flinders STEM Outreach Program aspires to inspire high school students, teachers and the wider community to understand and enjoy the STEM disciplines of science, computing, engineering, mathematics and the environment. From a hands-on curriculum linked workshop program for students and teachers, to our industry events and participation at expos, conferences, Open Days and a number science related events like Science Alive! You will see the STEM Outreach team making a difference.

Even Extinct Animals have Dental Records

Activity: What do your teeth say about you? Too much sugar, maybe? The same is true of fossils. We can learn what extinct animals ate, if they’d had disease, and how old they were. Using plaster casts, kids will get to a paint a replica Thylacoleo tooth and learn how these fossils can help researchers, museums, and even the general public.

Artist Bio: Palaeontology at Flinders; If you have a passion for uncovering long-buried secrets that deepen our understanding of how life on Earth evolved, Flinders University can turn that passion into a rewarding palaeontology career.

Activities: Nature Play SA

Lakeside Cubbies

Activity: Explore the lawns and wild spaces over-looking the picturesque lake as you embark on your cubby building adventure! Nature Play SA will be on hand with ropes, hessian and tips to get you started.

Location: Lakeside

Geocaching

Activity: Learn how technology can help you find your way through nature. This activity taps into problem-solving, team-building and creative-thinking skills while promoting physical activity outdoors. Geocaching combines a unique blend of ‘screen time’ and ‘green time’ with children exploring the Flinders University grounds on a high-tech treasure hunt using the best navigation technology available.

Location: Lakeside

Wildlife Displays & Shows

Activity: Discover and learn about our native wildlife with interactive displays and shows from the team at Animal Anonymous. Each display will have very friendly Australian animals such as frogs, pythons, dragons, goannas, skinks, geckos, crocodiles, frogmouths, owls, parrots, squirrel gliders, long-nosed potoroos, rufous bettongs, tiger quolls, southern brown bandicoots, western pygmy possums, fat-tailed dunnarts and quokkas. Displays available all day.

Location: Humanities Courtyard

Nature Potions and Tinkering

Activity: Natural loose parts, pots, pans and crockery set the stage for a creative, open-ended play. Watch your children engage their senses as they experiment with seasonal plants, water, natural play doughs, clay and other earthy mediums in this tactile play experience with Nature Play SA

Location: Humanities Courtyard

Flinders University Spring Fest 2019

19 October 2019

10am – 3pm

flinders.edu.au/engage/culture/whats-on/springfest

What To Do With The Kids These October School Holidays!

What To Do With The Kids These October School Holidays!

October school holidays are just around the corner, the sun is shining and we have some great ideas for entertaining and also educating the kids!

Here is just a taster of our comprehensive list that we update every school holidays! We are here to help!

For 50+ more ideas look no further than our KIDDO: Top Things To Do With The Kids These School Holidays Ultimate List

In the meantime, check out some of our favourite options below: 

NEW TANDEM TUBE SLIDES AT WOODHOUSE ADVENTURE CENTRE

What’s a tube slide? Think of it as a water-less water slide or a snow-free ski run where you slide down synthetic slopes in big rubber rings that turn, accelerate, go up in bends and stop on their own. The Tube Slides are now available as part of the standard day entry. Woodhouse also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide!

37 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly
Woodhouse Activity Centre 

Andy’s Amazing Adventures

ANDY’S AMAZING ADVENTURES

Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM BAFTA-nominated presenter Andy Day is on his way down under. For the first time ever in Australia, the star of ABC KIDS and CBeebies Andy’s Wild Adventures, Andy’s Dinosaur Adventures and Andy’s Prehistoric Adventures will delight his Australian fans live on stage. Andy Day is fascinated by all creatures – big and small, existing or extinct. And now, visiting theatres across Australia during the September and October school holidays, he is on a mission to thrill and entertain in a brand-new live adventure. He’ll have some help too – from familiar faces, new friends and hopefully you!

Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide
livenation.com.au

ADELAIDE ZOO

These summer holidays sees the opening of the new Variety Children’s Zoo! There is also the incredible Natureʼs Playground – a play space designed to create unstructured play for children of all abilities and forms a unique area within the zoo where families can play and discover the gifts of nature. Also, check out Zoocation – the zooʼs holiday vacation care program.

Frome Rd, Adelaide SA 5000
adelaidezoo.com.au

GET TO KNOW ADELAIDE’S BATS @BAT CAMP!

Marvel at one of Adelaide’s most conspicuous animals, the Grey-headed Flying-fox. Local bat experts will delight your kids (ages 5-12) with hands-on creative activities that will highlight the miraculous story of this marvellous mammal. Activities will include visiting the bats at their roost, kite-making, drawing / painting, peering through microscopes in the Bat Cave and even a demonstration with live animals by the Adelaide Zoo! Two sessions daily: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm on 9 & 10. Book your place at eventbrite.com.au/e/bat-camp-tickets.

The Santos Conservation Centre
cityofadelaide.com.au

kids art and crafts, painting in hyde park,

LITTLE PICASSOS HOLIDAY PROGRAMS AND ART CAMP

Our favourites, Little Picassos are holding a number of holiday classes in their beautiful studios (Glenelg, Magill, Hyde Park & Woodcroft). They have holiday programmes as well as art class which are rich in variety and cater for different ages, skill levels and art curriculum allowing for a hands on, experimental and educational way to introduce your littlies to art, or fine tune their current skill level and techniques. Classes vary in times, materials, themes, art skills and techniques. Art sessions are for children aged 2 -16 years. Prices range from COST: $20– $55 per session.For more info head to their website and select the specific studio.

Glenelg, Magill, Hyde Park & Woodcroft
littlepicassos.com.au

MINI MAD CRAFT SCHOOL HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS

Let your children get creative with some fun kids craft activities at KID & HUB and Patch Kitchen and Garden while you enjoy a coffee with friends! The concept behind MINI MAD CRAFT classes is that your little ones will make something that they can then take home to play with. In these school holiday craft workshops children will be making 2 large projects which might include a fancy dress costume, mask or an amazing imaginary machine! These workshops are fun, imaginative and encourage creative thinking.

Patch Kitchen, Sterling and Kid and Hib, Maylands
For further information on  classes visit minimadthings.com/collections/craft-activity-classes

BIG MARKET ADVENTURES FOR LITTLE FOODIES @ADELAIDE CENTRAL MARKET

Adelaide Central Markets hosts their Big Market Adventures for Little Foodies every school holidays. Get the kids in the kitchen! Whether youʼve got a mini Jamie Oliver on your hands, or just as something fun to do with new skills to build on, cooking classes are so much fun!

4-60 Gouger St, Adelaide SA 5000
Adelaide Central Market

THE BIG WEDGIE AT WEST BEACH

The Big Wedgie is the world’s TALLEST and most EXTREME inflatable waterslide. With 4 awesome inflatable waterslides, The Big Wedgie has something for perfect for all ages and thrill-levels… The Big Wedgie also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide! The Big Wedgie opens 28th September 2019 – 13th October. social followers 10% off online tickets! Please use online code: KIDDOMAG.

Military Road, West Beach (Next to Mega Adventure)
thebigwedgie.com.au

MONARTO ZOO

Monarto Zoo is a must! 1500 hectare open range zoo – the largest one in the world – and is home to over 500 animals including lions, giraffes, meerkat, chimpanzees and so much more! Itʼs a beautiful experience to see these animals roam around and you truly do feel like you have escaped reality and been transported to a safari, plus the zoo holds so many activities to check out including ‘meet the keeperʼ. Monarto Zoo is open from 9o30-5pm every day of the year (including Christmas Day and public holidays).

Old Princes Hwy, Monarto South SA 5254
monartozoo.com.au

CLELAND WILDLIFE PARK

Get up close and personal with roos, koalas, wallabies, betongs and Tasmanian devils – most of which are in their natural habitat – and itʼs just 20 minutes away from the city centre! Itʼs also a great place to have a picnic. For opening hours, information on planning your day, fees and to buy tickets, head straight to the website. Cleland also hosts birthday parties, for more party venue ideas check out our KIDDO Adelaide Party Venue guide!

365 Mount Lofty Summit Road, Cleland, SA, 5152
clelandwildlifepark.sa.gov.au/Home

For 50+ more ideas head to KIDDO: Top Things To Do With The Kids These School Holidays Ultimate List

School Holidays City Bat Camp is Here!

School Holidays City Bat Camp is Here!

Just Wing it and Register for Bat Camp These School Holidays!

On the 9th and 10th of October all kiddos are invited to come and marvel at one of Adelaide’s most conspicuous animals, the Grey-headed Flying-fox! Local bat experts will delight your kids (ages 5-12) with hands-on creative activities that will highlight the miraculous story of this marvellous mammal.

Activities will include visiting the bats at their roost, kite-making, drawing / painting, peering through microscopes in the Bat Cave and even a demonstration with live animals by the Adelaide Zoo!

Morning and afternoon sessions available daily: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm

This Bat Camp extravaganza will take place at the Santos Conservation Centre, adjacent to the Adelaide Zoo entrance in Botanic Park. 

Want to learn more about our fury friends? Keep reading more below! 

Is it a gravity-defying dog? Is it a furry pheasant? No, it’s a flying fox! The Grey-headed Flying Fox (Pteropus poliocephalus) has been a guest in Adelaide for nearly 10 years now. But why is it special, where does it come from and why has it chosen to call Adelaide home?

We are lucky to have the Grey-headed Flying Foxes as our guests here in Adelaide, as they are not as common as they once were and normally only live along the east coast of Australia. They are in fact Australia’s largest bat, can weigh up to one kilogram and take flight on wings up to one metre across.

Even though they are not native to the area, they are very important for ecological systems as they pollinate and spread the seed of over 100 native plants, helping our natural areas regenerate effectively into the future. They have joined eight native microbats that already live in and around the city.

Backyard bandits

Many Adelaide residents may have also seen furry flying foxes feasting on fleshy fruit (what a tongue- twister!) from trees in their own backyards. If you’re lucky enough to have had one of these up-close encounters (they’re normally quite shy), you can rest assured that these flying foxes won’t eat all the apples and oranges of your hard-earned labour. They’ll only eat foreign fruits when native food sources (like pollen, nectar and fruit of native plants) are in scarce supply. So why not plant more native flowering plants?

Caring for our charismatic cousins

Adelaide saw its first flying foxes arrive in 2010 in their search for other places to live. Roost disturbance (from logging and agriculture), climate change, urban sprawl and drought in eastern states have been factors leading to their displacement.

Adelaide offers the flying foxes a comfortable climate, access to food and water, and many tall trees in which they can roost. State Government Agencies, the City of Adelaide, private institutions and NGOs are working together to make sure our gregarious guest is comfortable for as long as it wants to call Adelaide home.

How can we find out more about them?

Since their arrival, the Grey-headed Flying Foxes have been regular and welcome guests at some of Adelaide’s most important annual events, including WOMADelaide, Arts Festival and Fringe Festival activities in the east end of the city.

But you don’t need to wait for festival season to have a look – take your children and a pair of binoculars to get a great up-close view of them in the western side of Botanic Park, south-west of Plane Tree Drive. Just be sure to avoid standing directly under them – you might be in for an unpleasant ‘gift’ from above!

Flying fox fun!

Keep your eyes and ears tuned, as later this year the City of Adelaide is running fun and educational activities with partners including the Adelaide Zoo and South Australian Museum in which you and your family will be able to get ‘hands-on’ in learning more about this incredible winged mammal and their fascinating fable of survival!

Bat Camp – 9 & 10 October 2019, 9:30 am to 12 pm or 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm  

For more information visit: cityofadelaide.com/GHFlyingFox

 

September is Biodiversity Month and over the coming months we'll be shining the spotlight on one of our most helpful pollinators and seed dispersers, the Grey-headed Flying-fox 🦇 A highly intelligent, social and caring mammal, the Grey-headed Flying-fox is a keystone species, meaning many plants rely on them to spread pollen and seeds. Throughout October and November you can visit the self-guided Bat Trail along the River Torrens, or take part in a Bat Ramble hosted by local bat researchers and experts. For the kids, we'll be hosting Bat Camp! – a fun-filled educational event, perfect for curious little nature-lovers 🌳Visit our website for all the details http://ow.ly/An0530pv5nq

Posted by City of Adelaide on Sunday, 8 September 2019

Mum Words With Liv Williams

Mum Words With Liv Williams

Liv Williams is a mother of 3 and the brains behind eenie meenie miney mum. Describing herself as a ‘purveyor of big words and failed attempts at hilarity. Lover of bed socks and boy bands; peonies and Polaroids. Die hard coffee aficionado, ironing resistor, serial wardrobe untidier, couch commentator. Occasional selfie enthusiast, plus other fatal personality flaws.’

Every month I submit this column, I exceed the word count. If you know me in real life, and my tendency to tell very long winded, detailed stories including verbatim reports of what people said and an apparent total inability to live-edit my own anecdotes, this won’t surprise you. I promised myself that this month I wouldn’t subject everyone to another bruising session of Too Much Information, I’m coming up for air! With that being said, I’d love to hear from you. If you’ve read/watched/listened to or done any of the things I’ve recommended in this column over the last year or so, let me know what you thought! Send me an Instagram DM @eeniemeeniemineymum.

WATCH: The Final Quarter: the Adam Goodes documentary

Half a million viewers tuned in to The Final Quarter when it aired this year, if you weren’t one of them, I implore you to take the time to do so.
The film documents arguably one of the most shameful chapters in Australian sporting history; the booing and abuse Adam Goodes faced over the final seasons of his AFL career, eventually driving him into an early retirement. Using archival footage, it tracks Adam’s experience on the field and off, as he endured systematic bullying and racial vilification at the hands of spectators, the general public and the media, under the guise of “sporting culture”.
I watched the documentary with tears in my eyes, wracking my brains about how we as a nation can be better. You should too.
You can watch The Final Quarter online at 10PLAY

LISTEN: Sleep with Me podcast

The creator and host of the Sleep with Me podcast claims his voice is so boring listeners can’t stay awake when listening to it, and sir, I feel like my husband could host a podcast about cycling and achieve the same results.
Seriously though, fellow insomniacs come one, come all! This podcast is specifically designed to help you fall asleep. I’d love to give you a detailed rundown about the labyrinthine stories, the gravelly tone and maze-like monologues told, and wow you with the science behind how this all combines to lull you off to a restful slumber. But I can’t. I’ve literally never heard them past the first ten minutes. That’s right, this guy has achieved the impossible and overridden the reams of Eminem lyrics that suddenly pop into my head as I finally decide to hit the sack, and managed to bore me to sleep. Mission accomplished.
Available wherever you get your podcasts

 

DO: Lash out with Miss Eyelash

Ladies, I’m about to become your best friend. Or, Miss Eyelash is at any rate. I have forever lamented my pathetic inability to grow lashes (whilst simultaneously having no trouble growing leg hair, go figure) but have been very reluctant to dabble in the fine art of eyelash extensions because of all those twenty-something reality TV stars that look like they’re using tarantulas as eyepatches. But I’m here to tell you, lashes are the new boobs; not since I was a flat chested teenager have I been so obsessed with having a bigger, better pair. Miss Eyelash is what I like to elegantly call, the shiz. Specialising in natural looking lashes, you don’t walk out looking like a spidery lashed Bachelor contestant with eyeball verandas; instead you’re a subtly enhanced, school pick-up approved, fuller lashed version of yourself with a little bit of je ne sais quois. Exactly the look I was after.
What’s great about these extensions is that you have options; you’re not locked in to getting refills every month if you don’t have time or money for that sort of commitment, these are low maintenance lashes. You can have them applied as a one off, for a season or holiday (they last for about a month looking their best), or you can view it as an ongoing investment in not having to put mascara on every bloody day and have regular refill appointments. Emma from Miss Eyelash is a GURU, pioneering natural-look eyelash extensions in her exclusive salons in Melbourne, before moving to Adelaide and launching Miss Eyelash private suites in The Marina at Glenelg. You might not have considered lash extensions before; we’ve all seen how thick, badly applied, overly long lashes look (no thank you), these are not those lashes. Run, don’t walk!

Miss Eyelash @misseyelash

Bookings: misseyelash.com

 

Hanna Beaven Psychologist: Fatherhood

Hanna Beaven Psychologist: Fatherhood

Adelaide psychologist and mother of three boys, aged ten, seven and two, Hanna Beaven, specialises in families’ emotional wellbeing in the stages of trying to conceive, pregnancy, birth and parenting babies and young children. For more information: Hanna Beaven Psychology

Firstly, I think it is important to acknowledge that while I am writing an article about fatherhood, I am not a father myself! I do, however, support fathers in my perinatal psychology service, I have a father, I am married to and co-parent with my children’s father and I know many fathers.

The role of a father has evolved over time, and while this evolution has brought with it many positives, it has also created some challenges. I believe more than ever, parents are under great stress and pressure to ‘do it all’.

Modern fatherhood has progressed from men being mainly observers and disciplinarians of their children to being integrally involved and very hands-on with raising their children.

Families have also evolved from the nuclear family to a rich diversity of many wonderful variations. As a result, fatherhood can take many forms – fatherhood within a partnership, single fatherhood, part-time fatherhood, step-fatherhood, stay-at-home fatherhood, working fatherhood etc.

Becoming a dad brings inevitable changes to every area of a man’s life, for example, his view of himself, his role in life, his relationships, and so on. While many of the changes of becoming a dad are exciting and joyful, they can also be overwhelming and stressful. Therefore, it is essential to provide support not only to your partner, but to also ensure your own self-care.

Our parenting style (authoritarian, permissive, disengaged or supportive) is largely shaped by the way we were parented! Other influences are: generational expectations regarding masculinity and fatherhood, social media, culture, religion, friends and family, life circumstances, the amount of support available and so on. While these factors influence your parenting, it is up to you to decide what is best for your child(ren) and how you choose to raise them.

Fathers should engage in each stage of parenthood:

Pregnancy:
– Listen to your partner and her thoughts and feelings about pregnancy and parenthood and share yours too
– Attend the antenatal scans, appointments, parent education classes
– Learn about the development of the baby
– Talk, sing, play music to your baby as they grow within your partners amazing body

Birth:
– Listen to your partner and their expectations, thoughts and feelings about birth and share yours
– Attend birth preparation classes
– Learn about:  The process of birth, what your partner may experience both physically and emotionally, what your partner may want during birth and be an advocate for her,
ways you can provide physical and emotional support throughout the birth – to avoid feeling helpless

Newborn:
– Listen to your partner about their thoughts and feelings regarding their experience of parenthood and share yours
– Skin to skin contact with your baby
– Support your partner and actively participate (without being asked) in caring for your baby: feeding, settling, bathing, changing, playing (looking at, talking, singing and reading to your baby) and so on
– Support your partner by taking the baby for a walk in the pram or a drive in the car
– Assist with household tasks like cooking, dishes, laundry, cleaning and so on
– Self-care activities for you and your partner

Important things to consider regarding fatherhood:
– Fathers can struggle with the level of selflessness being a parent requires – it is no longer about what suits you best but what is going to be best for the whole family
– Fathers can feel more responsibility after having a child and more pressure to provide financially for their new family
– Fathers can feel left out or jealous of their new baby – due to their partner’s focus on the baby and not seeming to have time for them anymore
– Fathers can feel criticised by their partner when they are doing the “wrong” thing with their baby, and this can lead to a lack of confidence in caring for their child
– Fathers often develop a stronger bond once their baby is more interactive
– Fathers can struggle with their own big feelings that arise frequently in their role as parents, like despair, frustration and anger
– Fathers might need to buffer wider family stressors
– Fathers may have to support their partners and / or their own mental health while adjusting to parenthood

Your partner may resent you for things like:
Always suggesting the baby needs a feed when they cry
Going to work – being able to go to the toilet on your own, consume hot beverages and converse with other adults
For sleeping
For being able to escape the house without being tied to the baby
If you come home a minute late
If you ask “what did you do all day?”

Help online:

Childbirth education for dads at the pub
beerandbubs.com.au

Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia (PANDA)
panda.org.au

Beyond Blue
Healthyfamilies.beyondblue.org

Gidget Foundation
gidgetfoundation.org.au

Centre of Perinatal Excellence
cope.org.au

MensLine Australia
mensline.org.au

Having trouble falling pregnant? Need some advice for life at home? Learn more about Hanna’s services here: Hanna Beaven Psychology

 

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