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Being a dad

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Being a dad is one of the most important and rewarding roles you can have in life. In the past, dads were often seen as the bread winner and responsible for discipline. Things are changing and there is now more flexibility in what each parent does, and more sharing of the parenting role.

While parenting can be done by either parent children have unique experiences with their mum and dad. Children benefit when dads are warm and loving and involved in their lives.

To find out more

Parenting SA is a partnership between the Department for Education and Child Development and the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, South Australia.

On the Raising Children Network site The Raising Children website is produced with the help of an extensive network including the Australian Government.


  • A lot of very good information for fathers

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Pregnancy, Birth and Baby is a national Australian Government service providing support and information for expecting parents and parents of children, from birth to 5 years of age.

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The information on this site should not be used as an alternative to professional care. If you have a particular problem, see a doctor, or ring the Parent Helpline on 1300 364 100 (local call cost from anywhere in South Australia).

This topic may use 'he' and 'she' in turn - please change to suit your child's sex.

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