Being a dad is one of the most important and rewarding jobs you'll ever have. However, let's be honest, we know that taking care of your little one can be a daunting task. You're likely to be tested in ways you have never experienced before - we're looking at you, lack of sleep! It's important to know that you are not alone in this journey, and there are many resources out there to support you through difficult times, or even just to give you a laugh.
Podcasts for the playground
DadPod is a podcast that documents the new dad adventures of Charlie Clausen and tv presenter Osher Gunsberg. Both men became dads in their forties and wanted a place to share their learnings of new fatherhood week-by-week. They discuss a range of topics from bringing the baby home for the first time to how to introduce your pet to your baby.
Direct Advice for Dads podcast is presented by radio hosts and parents Ross Edwards and Dan van der Meer. This podcast mixes light-hearted topics such as rocking the dadbod to more serious discussions around IVF and dealing with divorce.
Tips from one dad to another
Blogs and websites are a great resource for tips and tricks. Want to know the best places to squeeze in a nap while your child is sleeping? Or gain some insight into your child's superhero obsession? If so, Direct Advice for Dads is the website for you. We challenge you to find a topic that hasn't been covered on this site!
Beyond blue has a host of information for dads. Included on their website is a four-part video series called Dadvice that follows a group of new dads on their journey into fatherhood. The episodes tackle stress points like work, relationships and mates, highlighting real-dad experiences in real time.
Socialising with your little one
Playgroups provide parents with an opportunity to learn from one another and to develop a strong social support network that they can draw on for emotional and practical support when needed. Most playgroups in the community are advertised at 'mixed', welcoming both mothers and fathers to join in the fun. There are a number of websites where you can check out if there are any playgroups near you such as Playgroup WA.
Regular playgroups just for fathers and children are currently uncommon in Perth and WA. However, the organisation Dads Group aims to connect Australian dads with other fathers in person and online.
Getting the support you need
Fatherhood doesn't come without its challenges. There are support groups and courses available to provide you with guidance you may find helpful. Relationships WA offers a variety of workshops and courses including Dads and Sons, Dads and Daughters and Fathering after Separation courses.