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01 September 2019

Strengthening the father/child bond

The bond a parent has with their child precious. 

It is important too that this parent/child relationship is strong - because we know that when parents have positive relationships with their children, this experience is likely to be passed down through generations.

Over 10 years ago, CatholicCare created the Refugee Dads and Kids (RDK) program to strengthen and support father/child relationships, because research showed that dads from refugee backgrounds were often experiencing a disconnect with their children.

The RDK program combines research-based relationship education with fun and challenging activities. In amongst these activities, one of the most special moments at our RDK Weekends is when dads and their kids get to spend some one-on-one time deepening their friendship in an activity known as “Ask Dads, Ask Kids”.

The great thing about this activity is that it can be used by any fathers (refugee or otherwise!) with their children. So with Father’s Day just around the corner, why not spend some time getting to know your dad or your child with the following questions;

Dads ask your child:
  • If you could start doing something right now, what would it be? Tell me more about that.
  • What sort of things would you like us to talk about more often?
  • What do you like about me?
  • What things do you really hate doing?
  • What would you like me to help you with? When are you happiest in your life? Tell me more about that.
  • What is your favourite TV show?
  • What do you wish for me? Tell me more about that.
  • What is one thing you would like to do as a family?
  • If you could be anything in the world when you grow up what would that be?
  • If you could stop doing something right now what would it be? Tell me more about that.
  • What is your best memory so far?
  • Tell me something you would like to do before you grow up.
  • What is something that really annoys you?
  • What is the best thing about your school?
  • Who is your best friend at school and why?
  • What is your favourite food?
  • What is your favourite thing about our relationship? Tell me more about that.
  • What is your biggest complaint about me? Tell me more about that.
  • When are you the most proud of yourself?
  • If you could have any superpower (like being able to fly or be invisible) what would it be?
Kids ask your Dad:
  • Who do you most admire now?
  • What is your favourite childhood memory?
  • What food did you really like when you were a kid?
  • What was your Dad like when you were a kid?
  • How old were you when you knew what kind of job you wanted to do?
  • How am I like you? How am I different?
  • Who was your favourite relative and why?
  • If you had any superpower what would you wish for and why?
  • What is one wish you have?
  • Tell me one of your favourite TV shows?
  • If you could start doing something right now, what would it be? Tell me more about that.
  • If you could stop doing something right now, what would it be? Tell me more about that.
  • Tell me about your best friend at school?
  • What was your best sport/hobby/subject?
  • How did you celebrate special events?
  • What do you hope for my future?
  • What is a funny story from your childhood?

 

The next RDK Weekend will run at Mount Eliza from 29 November – 1 December 2019. For more information on the Refugee Dads and Kids program, visit the webpage here.

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