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Fathers Matter

A Heartlines project to support the positive role of men in the lives of children.

Learning to be an active father

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"Globally, and in South Africa, there is a lack of awareness and understanding of the importance of fathers being positively present and involved in their children’s lives."
Fathers Matter Research Report


Solomon Izang Ashoms

Lessons from a first-time father

Becoming a father can be scary. A dad reflects on some of the lessons he learnt when his first child was born.

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Jaco van Schalkwyk

The gift of dadhood

Five ideas for connecting with your children and teaching them important life values. 

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Fathers Matter video

Children thrive when they have an active father figure in their lives. Watch our Fathers Matter video to find out more.

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Olefile Masangane

To be a better dad, I had to forgive my absent father

Growing up with an absent father can leave one feeling resentful. But forgiveness is key to becoming the kind of dad you never had.

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Terence Mentor

Being stretched as a dad during COVID-19

Our lives have been radically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also been a time of stretching and testing for parents.

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Thabang Mokoena

You can still be a good dad when you don’t live with your child

Physical separation should not stop you from meaningfully taking part in your little one’s life.

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