Understanding the role of fathers in children's lives

With divorce, separation and children born out of wedlock so common in SA society today, how do children experience their connection and relationship with their fathers?

How do fathers feel towards their children? Do you feel like an ATM or are you involved in the practical day to day care of your children although now not living with your children full time?

Cosser relationship coach Stephanie Dawson discusses a report by the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) titled 'The State of South Africa’s Fathers'. She says the commission had a fatherhood project for a number of years and following the aspects of the involvement of fathers in family and the impact of either the presence and absence of fathers.

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And together with the SAHRC and the Sonke Gender Justice have collaborated for this report, and looking at the impact of where we are today. This research started in 2016 and shows the impact of when we have fathers present in our children's lives and what happens when we don't.

Stephanie Dawson, Cosser Relationship coach

And how society also compensates for fathers who are either physically not present but perhaps still supporting and connected.

Stephanie Dawson, Cosser Relationship coach

She says there is a very interesting explanation and breakdown of how we experience fathering and not necessarily from our biological father.

Listen below to the full interview:


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