Dads share the challenges they face in parenting
From the high cost of raising a child with special needs, to missing out on a child’s milestones because the family has a maid rearing the children, 15 fathers shared the challenges they faced in parenthood at a dialogue yesterday.
It was chaired by Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin and held alongside a day-long Father’s Day carnival.
One father talked about how he left his job when he found out his child has autism, another said he used to take his three daughters out individually on “dates” and was happy when on his 60th birthday, one of them took the day off to spend time with him.
Mr Andy Seow, 44, a mobile accessories shop owner, told of how caring for his eight-year-old with autism can be costly because he needs speech therapy and attends a private special-needs school.
The dialogue was organised by Centre for Fathering, whose chairman Richard Hoon said: “We would like fathers who try to raise a family in the midst of struggles, for their stories to be heard.”
About 2,000 fathers and their families showed up at the carnival at Mediacorp Campus.
Other than enjoying food and games, picnicking and an outdoor movie screening, families left handprints on a wall, signifying dad’s promise to be more involved in their children’s lives.
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