November 15th sees the launch of Dudes to Dads in Cape Town. A concept to ease “about to be” fathers into their new lives. Dudes to dads is an evening of fun, entertainment and education, developed by media personality, father and businessman Richard Hardiman.
The idea is to focus the evening on the fathers and their concerns prior to becoming a Dad. “The obvious focus in a pregnancy and the starting of a new family is the mother and rightly so, however, one cannot forget that it took two to tango and we have too look after both sides of the baby’s parents,” Says Hardiman.
“Very often the Dad, and his life changing concerns, are pushed to the side in hurry to get ready and make sure the primary caregiver is taken care of”.
Dudes to Dads seeks to put the soon to be fathers in an environment where they can talk freely about their worries, give voice to any nagging concerns that perhaps they cannot share with their partners and let them see that they are not alone in this. Using a combination of celebrities, who are now fathers, relationship councilors and pediatricians, the event hopes to create a relaxed evening of social education and hopefully peace of mind on leaving.
“While many ante-natal classes allow couples to share and ask questions in a safe and nurturing environment, through experience I have found that men often tend to hold back on asking some important questions in front of their partners”, says Hardiman.
“Through either feeling alone and daft in asking a stupid question or out of respect for their partners, men often just go with the flow, endure teasing from their friends and colleagues over the ‘end of their sex and social lives’, and never really get to ask or share some of their concerns”.
A father of three, Hardiman believes that men have the right to know that they will get through this time mentally, financially and physically, “Using a combination of entertainment from comedians who are fathers, Doctors, actual Dads, we hope to provide a platform that allows for some letting off of steam, while at the same time reassuring you that life goes on and you will be okay!”
Saints Burger Bar
18:30 – 20:30
Rob Van Vuuren
Cost: R200 incl. welcome drinks and food
Make your booking at: iTickets