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4 May 2023 | 9:09 | [email protected]

Dear Dad,

Congratulations on embarking on this exciting journey of parenthood. I know it can be an overwhelming and sometimes stressful time, but I want to remind you of how important your role is in your child's development, especially during the first 1001 days of life. 

As a parent-infant relationship service, we understand that bonding and attachment in these early stages of life are critical for your child's future emotional, social, and academic success. That's why we want to provide you with some helpful tips and resources to support you in this journey. 

Research shows that secure attachment in infancy is a strong predictor of positive outcomes in later life, including emotional regulation, social competence, and academic achievement. 

On the other hand, poor attachment in infancy has been linked to a range of negative outcomes, including behaviour problems, aggression, and mental health issues. In fact, children who experience poor attachment in infancy are more likely to struggle with addiction, incarceration, and even early mortality. 

It's essential to recognize the psychological and emotional changes that come with being a new dad. It's not uncommon to feel isolated, lonely, or even experience postnatal depression. The good news is that seeking support can make a significant difference in your mental health outcomes and your relationship with your child. 

We know that fathers' mental health is just as important as mothers', and that's why we want to encourage you to ask yourself, "How are you, Dad?" and seek out resources and tools that can help you cope with the challenges of parenthood. 

One great resource we offer is our online group course, which focuses on parent-infant relationships, attachment, and bonding. Our program provides you with valuable information and skills to support your child's development and build a strong, positive relationship with them. 

But it's not just about learning new skills. It's also about building connections with other new dads who may be experiencing similar challenges. Having a support network can make all the difference in navigating the ups and downs of fatherhood. 

Remember that your mental health can have a significant impact on your child's development. By prioritizing your well-being and seeking support when you need it, you're not only taking care of yourself, but you're also creating a healthy environment for your child to thrive in. 

So, to all the dads out there, I want to ask again, "How are you, Dad?" Don't hesitate to speak up and seek out resources and support. We're here to help you on this journey and ensure that you and your child have the best possible start. 

To learn more about our program, register your interest, or find out about other resources available to you, visit our website or you can sign up directly here  

Let's work together to shape the future of our children. 


  1. Royal Foundation of Early Childhood "Shaping Our Future" Campaign 

  1. Felitti, V. J., et al. "Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults." American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 1998.