Happy Canada Day and welcome to The Directive. This is a regular assortment of father related news stories, information, and fun stuff. If you have anything you would like posted here, please send it our way. Fathers in Canada are struggling to find that key balance between family and work. The options for men are … More The Directive: July 1st edition
by John Hoffman w/ Ryan MacIsaac Ryan MacIsaac is a member of a rather exclusive group of Canadian men: fathers who take extended parental leave. Outside of Quebec, which sets aside several weeks of parental leave that are only available to fathers, only about one in eight Canadian dads take any parental leave at … More From Here to Paternity: One dad’s story of taking parental leave
By Barry Lillie This past October, my daughter and son-in-law took a picture of this seventy-one-year- old grandpa (me) with my three-year-old granddaughter hand in hand on the Gulf of Mexico in Naples, Florida. I realize now how uncertain my journey to this time and place was. The reason—I became a separated dad twenty-five years … More On Being a Dad and Grandpa
by John Hoffman Last month, in honour of Mother’s day, I focused on the invisible workload of moms and why dads should be mindful of it. However, there is also an invisible load that men and fathers carry. And it has to do with mental health and stress. That’s the argument made by author Josh … More Do Fathers Have an Invisible Load Too?
The Directive is what Dad Central uses to stay in touch with you. This is where we post intersting news, ideas, resources, and some fun stuff about fatherhood. It is a mix of info for dads and info for those working to support fatherhood. Enjoy! Abolish Father’s Day?? This Huffington Post article suggests it is … More The Directive: Father’s Day Edition
We are cancelling the Into the Circle training that had been scheduled for June 13 in Toronto due to low registration.
By John Hoffman So, yet another study has found that father involvement is beneficial for babies. This particular one found that toddlers whose fathers had been more engaged and sensitive scored higher on a sort of toddler IQ test called the Bayley Scales of Infant Development. My reaction: So what? Tell me something I don’t … More Why Are Researchers Still Obsessed with Proving that Good Fathers are Good for Kids?