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Daddy's OK

Fathers' Stories of Separation, Divorce and Rebuilding

by Dean Mason

Page Extent:214 pages
Book Size:240 x 166 x 21 mm (Height x Width x Depth)

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Fathers' stories of separation and divorce.

Daddys OK looks at the true experiences of 14 men going through separation or divorce. Their stories are told in three main stages: Eyes Opening how they become fully aware of what has occurred; Existing With What You See how they get through their lives while coming to terms with what is now visible, and; Living and loving making sense of life as it is and turning it into something positive and long-lasting. With over 50,000 men and women getting divorced every year, this process of separation and divorce has become a common rite of passage for men. How well men do this directly impacts on their performance at work, in new relationships, and in maintaining a healthy relationship with their ex-spouse/co-parent and children. Not every man interviewed for the book claims to be in a better place after their divorce. Each man has a story that is as similar as it is different, and each one of them illustrates things that work, and what dont work, to build stronger and healthier individuals, husbands, fathers, and family relationships generally. Throughout these stories, we look at what is going on inside for the man, what his motivation is and how that translates into action, what tools are available, and whether the action is constructive or not. We also look at how these issues are sometimes portrayed in the media and how the power of headlines, like daddy day care only is often disassociated from the reality of the actual research they are based on.

About the Author

Dean Mason

Dean experienced separation and divorce in the late 1990s and continues to live with its effects. The impact this has had on his life has inspired a determination to seek real help for those who suffer the trauma often associated with family breakdown. The elphe was looking for was not to help people superficially et overit but to find a healthy and enduring resolution so that the deep and toxic conflict often encountered does not linger and prevent those experiencing it from living life with a strong sense of purpose and genuine vitality. Beginning as a volunteer with Dads In Distress Support Services in 2004, Dean discovered the natural strength that trusting fellowship with others can bring. Keen to play a leadership role in this environment, Dean subsequently devoted a substantial amount of his recreation time to growing DIDSS peer support groups within Victoria and to supporting mainly men, but a number of women also, via the 1300 helpline out of hours. In 2010, Dean was elected National Chairman for DIDSS and is strongly focused on guiding the organisation growth and development to reach many more people in need of group and phone peer support services around Australia. Professionally, Dean works as a management consultant. He is happily partnered to Xiao, a proud step-father to Nick, and a proud father to three magnificent adult children from his first marriage.

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