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This June, we're celebrating social fathers. The safe men who show up and cheer our children on.

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Get discussion guides for the Heartlines Fathers Matter Films.

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Find out more about Fathers Matter's work in early childhood development.

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Social Fathers Blog
Bonolo Mokua

It takes a village

Social fathering is about carrying the "essence" of positive fatherhood into all of life. When men step up as positive role models for children who aren't their biological kids, it reflects the beauty of community.

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Marlon Botha

'Fatherhood is a life or death issue'

When men look at their own childhood experiences and create space for sharing and healing, it frees them up to be a positive father influence for future generations. This was the message from the latest Fathers Matter Ambassadors Conference in the Western Cape. 

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How to have a safe, healthy relationship with a social father

Nkosinathi Sixabayi’s life was changed for the better by the men who were social fathers to him, and as an adult he is now intentional about being a positive, safe role model for other children too.

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Shelleys story

Why parallel parenting was the answer with my difficult ex

Co-parenting Series: Part 2

Is it still possible to co-parent with a narcissistic ex partner? Shelley found a way to involve her son's father in his life using the parallel parenting model. Read her story here.

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Choosing to co-parent for my children's well-being

Co-parenting Series: Part 1

Lebo shares how she and her ex-husband persevered to find a way to work together and co-parent amicably for their children's sake. 

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‘There’s an opportunity for every father to change the future’

At the KwaZulu-Natal Fathers Matter Ambassadors Conference, delegates from different parts of the province gathered to discuss the importance of fatherhood, share their fatherhood stories and brainstorm solutions to our nation’s fatherhood challenges.

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