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Fathers Matter

A Heartlines project to support the positive role of men in the lives of children.
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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."
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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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Practical tips for working through hard emotions

We spoke to some experts to get helpful tools for when you are feeling overwhelmed or that your emotions are out of control and affecting the people around you.

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What to do with your feelings when everything is not ok

It's difficult for men to be vulnerable when life is hard. We look at some of the ways men typically respond when life is challenging, especially when they lose a job or source of income.

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Learning to be an active father

Children thrive when they have a positive and active father in their lives. But learning to be an active father is not always so simple.

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The first 1000 days

The first 1000 days of a child’s life, from conception to the age of two, provide a valuable opportunity for a father to get involved. Watch this video to find out more.

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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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How do boys become men?

The way boys are raised shapes the kind of fathers they become. We explore some of the stereotypes that need to be challenged about how boys and men can and should behave.

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