ome outcomes and recommendations from the Dad’s Workshop
Do more of what you want in your day! OK, so scuba diving may not be achievable today, but planning it is an achievable step. Similarly, for planning an overseas project, or trip with your partner. It is vital for mental wellbeing to identify with your key areas of interest, and then invest in them to experience the associated positive effects.
Some Dads in our Workshops said they wanted to …
- Have 12 months travel around Australia
- Restore furniture
- Work overseas on one of their projects
- Perform music or drama
- Have 6 weeks overseas with their wife
- Go scuba diving
- Complete a wine appreciation course
Positive outcomes include feeling happier, relaxed, peaceful, less stressed, a sense of achievement, less anxious, less angry, less sad, less depressed, motivated to keep doing what feels good.
Dads Workshop #2: Relationships with Partner and Children
some outcomes and recommendations from the Dad’s Workshop
Dads reported the areas of importance and struggle in terms of their relationships:
- Finding new ways to relate to/respond to/support their wife
- To be able to show empathy, and have an understanding of one another’s perspective
- To know how to share personal experiences
- To make time to talk about ourselves
- To decrease anger with the children so we can go from frustration to calm
- To enjoy the children and ‘be’ with the children
Identifying and taking care of feelings, and finding ways to connect in with partners and children, are central to the concerns of Dads.
Finding ways to cope by looking after ourselves can help build positive relationships.
Psychologist John Gottman’s book The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. A video by a therapist who uses his model.
The video below is Gottman