Playgroup just for dads

Eltham dad Justin Cheek will be taking his daughter Indigo, 2, to a new Dads and Kids playgroup starting soon in Lismore.

A free weekly playgroup for dads and their kids is starting up in South Lismore at the end of the month.

Stuart Anderson from the Men and Family Centre said it was a first for Lismore, which made it difficult to gauge demand, but so far they had around six blokes confirmed for the first session.

He said there were very few, if any venues, where a dad with young children could be certain to meet other dads to talk about parenting issues.

Weve had men saying they would like a playgroup just for themselves, he said. They had tried going to them before, and while they werent kicked out or anything, the women often felt fairly possessive about having their own space and talking about womens matters.

Stay-at-home dad Justin Cheek of Eltham said he was keen to check it out.

He has been to a couple of different playgroups in the area and said it could be hard to relate when conversation turned to breast feeding or pelvic floor exercises.

But for the most part he had found the mums very welcoming.

Dads are really handy for putting heavy toys away or for fixing things, he said. But I have found myself with a group of mums talking about birth experiences, and you do feel a bit left out. I can imagine some men could feel intimidated by the average playgroup, which does tend to be female orientated.

Stuart said the Dads and Kids playgroup would be held on Monday mornings and fathers were warmly invited to bring their children aged 0 to five years, check out the venue and discuss what they would like from the program. Mens health and parenting information will also be available in the form of literature, guest speakers and group projects. The playgroup is free of charge and a morning snack is provided. For more information or to book a place call Glenn on 6622 6116.

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