Hi, Shayne here. Thanks for reaching out.
I've been involved with Dads for the last 8 years. Starting with Plunket as a Dad coach for under 5s, then moving into establishing a support network for Dads facing separation and the Family court.
A big focus for me has been around wellness and in 2019 worked alongside The Canterbury Mens Centre creating a HB version of The Blokes Book, circulating 10,000 copies into our area.
We have just completed Version 2 and I'm real proud of the work we have done.
I am a Dad to two sons and have always tried to be an active and involved Dad.
Things are changing at a fast pace in our world and I know that prioritising our kids over work , relationship, parenting and our own personal commitments can be a constant juggle resulting in tired and frustrated Dads.
Never a good look when it starts to have an impact on your family and those we are close too and I have experienced all this as well.
I believe also that as parents our biggest role is to be a champion for our kids. I know from many Dads I talk with this can be a challenge in some areas as we are sometimes influenced by our own upbringing and beliefs.
Trying to make our wants 'fit' our kids lives can often add to the stress and disconnect we may be feeling.
So, if you know things aren't working for you and your family , I'm here to listen and hopefully help with some small steps to support you in your Dad journey.
Reach out, you know sometimes just talking is the best place to start.