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Dads turn to each other for advice on kids

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Often when you think of fatherly advice an image of a child turning to dad might come to mind, but now a new Eau Claire group is bringing dads together to advise each other.

"Something like this would have been very valuable to me when my first son was born.  Because, like most dads, I'll admit I was somewhat clueless," says Communications Coordinator for Western Dairyland Dale Karls.

But now dads can gain some knowledge from their fellow fathers through a new program created by several community parenting organizations.

"We are trying really hard to get fathers involved.  I see that the community is starting to grow with that, with fathers being more involved.  But that outreach is still not there yet," says Bee Vue, a Family Services Facilitator.

To encourage further outreach the group formed dads, which stands for dads advising dads.

"This is really a peer support group for dads where I, as a father, can go out and talk to other dads.  Learn from them and they in turn can learn from me," says Karls.

"Hopefully this group we're starting here, this DADS group will give them that support and give them that backbone that they can fall back onto," says Vue.

Dads meetings feature guest speakers and open discussion sessions where fathers can find answers to any questions they have about their kids.

"Any help you can get is going to be invaluable.  You talk to other parents, you talk to other dads, you talk to teachers, you can learn so much just from the experiences of others," says Karls.

One thing fathers ask about is how to handle their toddlers and get them started in life.

"We want to build that commitment and that leadership role in fathers," says Vue.

"We need to actively ask the dads to be present.  We need to give them reasons to get involved in this," says Karls.

Reasons to lead their children and assist other dads.

The next DADS meeting is Wednesday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Eau Claire Area School District Administration Building.

The guest speaker will discuss healthy habits for your kids.

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