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"Not every successful man is a good father. But every good father is a successful man." R. Duvall

To A Child Love Is Spelled T-I-M-E
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"To become a father is not difficult, but to be a father is." Unknown

"Adventure isn't hanging on a rope on the side of a mountain. Adventure is an attitude that we must apply to the day-to-day obstacles of life - facing new challenges, seizing new opportunities, testing our resources against the unknown, and in the process, discovering our own unique potential." John Amatt.


Welcome to the Blog of Fathering Adventures

G’day, my name is Darren Lewis, I am the founder, facilitator, and fatherhood coach at ‘Fathering Adventures’.

What would you have loved to experience with your Dad? What would you have wanted to receive from, or hear from him? Offer those things to your son now.

Upcoming Adventure Dates.


When Does a Boy Become a Man?

It’s a great question… an incredibly important one actually… yet sadly, a question that very few men, women, boys, or girls, are able to answer well.

Watch how others respond to that very question, during a number of “on the street” interviews, here…

You may have heard the proverb, “Where there is no vision, the people perish”. Well In the context of masculinity and manhood… I believe the following statement to be true… “Where there is no vision of authentic manhood, men are lost.” They simply “fake it until they make it”. And that in turn affects the whole of our society in a very powerfully negative way.

Fathering Adventures delivers experiences to not only answer that question clearly & succinctly, but to provide an actual process, a way, a path, for boys, young men, & even mature-age men (aged 13 to 70+ years), to know of, and become the real deal… to receive a masculine identity… from a father (Dad or a significant male other), and from and within a community of men… all the while experiencing much adventure, fun, & significant moments, together.

So don’t delay… register yourself and your son, or yourself and your Dad, Uncle, Grandfather, or mentor etc. into one of the following experiences today…

1. A 4 Night Father-Son Adventure in the Brindabella Ranges of NSW, North of Canberra, in the December school holidays each year, here… , or

A 5 Night Father-Son Adventure in Tropical North Queensland, North of Townsville, in the July and September / October school holidays each year, here… .

And please be sure to initiate discussions regarding this topic, with others in your spheres of influence.


A Few New Firsts for Fathering Adventures

After the significant transformational impact we have made on fathers, sons, relationships, & families through our 5 Night Father-Son Adventures (“sons” aged 13 years minimum, with no maximum age limit) in Tropical North Queensland… we decided to incorporate all that process involves, into a shorter, 4 Night version, exclusive to the Brindabella Ranges of NSW, North of Canberra. With a different location, comes a variety of different outdoor adventure activities… land-based, rather than the predominantly water-based outdoor adventure activities experienced in Tropical North Queensland. A different location also enables us to facilitate these at a different time of year… Summer in a cooler region of our Nation, as an alternative to the Winter & Spring months in the Tropical North. For further information regarding our   4 Night Father-Son Adventures… we encourage you to explore our dedicated webpage, here .

We’re also excited to reveal that we will also be facilitating 4 Night Dad & Daughter Adventures… for “daughters” aged 13 years minimum, with no maximum age limit. These were birthed out of the desire expressed by a number of the older daughters who had shared one of our Dad & Daughter Adventure Weekends with their Dads… to share an extended period of intentional time with their Dads… containing a wider range of outdoor adventure activities. In the same way our 4 and 5 Night Father-Son Adventures provide a process of masculine initiation for the “sons”… so too our 4 Night Dad & Daughter Adventures will provide a process of feminine bestowing & blessing for the “daughters”. For further information regarding our 4 Night Dad & Daughter Adventures… we encourage you to explore our dedicated webpage, here .

And finally… we’re now thrilled to offer our extremely sought after
Dad & Daughter Adventure Weekends, in NSW . We’ve secured a wonderful venue at Shoalhaven, on the South-East Coast of NSW, South of Sydney… .



The Fatherhood Revolution Goes National

Great news! The Fatherhood Revolution continues, and it's going National.

Award-winning fim-maker, Justin Hunt, has finally arrived in Australia. Tomorrow (Thursday June 13) signals the commencement of the June 13-29 Australia-wide ‘Bring Back Fatherhood’ ABSENT Premiere Screening Tour. The demand for screenings around the Nation, has exploded. Official Tour Premiere Screenings, where Justin Hunt will be in attendance... include Sydney (multiple screenings), Gosford, Nowra, Brisbane (a couple of screenings), Toowoomba, Townsville, Cairns, Wollongong, Melbourne (a couple of screenings), Canberra, Hobart, Adelaide, & Perth (a couple of screenings).

The multi-award-winning documentary ABSENT, includes powerful interviews with John Eldredge (Author), Richard Rohr (Author), James Hetfield (Metallica), Johnny Tapia (former World Champion boxer), Robyn Decker (Model), and many others.

The 60 second teaser video for the 'Bring Back Fatherhood' tour, can be seen he

And Fathering Adventures NEW 90 second promo video will be shown as a trailer, prior to each screening of ABSENT, during the tour. You can see that here right now...

Screening details can be found at the new ABSENT Australia website
, here…!screen-times/cbeg . Please forward on a link to this Blog article to all of the Fathers and Mothers you know. And if you’re a facebook user… please “Like” the ABSENT Australia facebook page, here… , and "Share" details with your friends on your wall.

Thank you for playing your essential part, in this ever-increasingly significant movement. By raising awareness of the importance of a father's presence, involvement, engagement, & intentionality... we will strengthen families, and strengthen our society.


Are You an Over-Protecting, Risk-Averse Parent?

Protection and safety are both good & noble words, and good & noble pursuits. But we live in a society that has a tendency for the pendulum to swing too far in one direction most of the time… and it is my belief that we as a society have unconsciously allowed that to happen in this matter as well. As a society, we have typically attempted to eliminate all risk, danger, and adventure, from the lives of our children e.g. our schools… and many parents too… no longer permit our boys to climb trees. We must remember that where any imbalance exists… unhealthy symptoms are always quick to follow.

I subscribe to a weekly newsletter from Tim Elmore of ‘Growing Leaders’… . Tim recently wrote an article directed towards parents, entitled “We Risk Too Little”… which I felt was worthy of sharing here…

“Children of risk-averse parents have lower test scores and
are slightly less likely to attend college than offspring of parents with more tolerant attitudes toward risk,” says a team led by Sarah Brown of the University of Sheffield in the UK. Aversion to risk may prevent parents from making inherently uncertain investments in their children’s human capital; it’s also possible that risk attitudes reflect cognitive ability, researchers say.” Sadly, this Scottish Journal of Political Economy report won’t help us unless we do something about it. Adults continue to vote to remove playground equipment from parks so kids won’t have accidents; to request teachers stop using red ink as they grade papers and even cease from using the word “no” in class. It’s all too negative. I’m sorry—but while I understand the intent to protect students, we are failing miserably at preparing them for a world that will not be risk-free.

Psychologists in Europe have discovered that if a child doesn’t play outside and is never allowed to experience a skinned knee or a broken bone, they frequently have phobias as adults. Interviews with young adults who never played on jungle gyms reveal they’re fearful of normal risks and commitment. The truth is, kids need to fall a few times to learn it is normal; teens likely need to break up with a boyfriend or girlfriend to appreciate the emotional maturity that lasting relationships require. Pain is actually a necessary teacher. Consider your body for a moment. If you didn’t feel pain, you could burn yourself or step on a nail and never do something about the damage and infection until it was too late. Pain is a part of health and maturity.

Similarly, taking calculated risks is all a part of growing up. In fact, it plays a huge role. Childhood may be about safety and self-esteem, but as a student matures, risk and achievement are necessities in forming their identity and confidence. Because parents have removed “risk” from children’s lives, psychologists are discovering a syndrome as they counsel teens: High Arrogance, Low Self-Esteem. They’re cocky, but deep down their confidence is hollow, because it’s built off of watching YouTube videos, and perhaps not achieving something meaningful.

According to a study by University College London, risk-taking behavior peeks during adolescence
Teens are apt to take more risks than any other age group. Their brain programs them to do so. It’s part of growing up. They must test boundaries, values and find their identity during these years. This is when they must learn, via experience, the consequences of certain behaviors. Our failure to let them risk may explain why so many young adults, between the ages of 22 and 35 still live at home or haven’t started their careers, or had a serious relationship. Normal risk taking at fourteen or fifteen would have prepared them for such decisions and the risks of moving away from home, launching a career or getting married.

So I encourage you Dads & Mums… allow and actively encourage your children to experience some calculated risk, in your presence, and under your watchful tutelage of course. As Helen Keller said… “Life is either a great adventure or nothing.“. None of us want our children’s lives to amount to nothing. Let’s together take the pledge to lead and guide our children toward living a life of great adventure.

Why not start by registering for one of our upcoming Father-Son or Dad & Daughter Adventures, now, here .

Please take the time to share your thoughts on risk and adventure here…


Parent Nights on The IMPACT of a FATHER’S PRESENCE

To my great shame... it took nearly 4 1/2 years to partner with a school, and facilitate a Parent Night. Last November 15, I facilitated our very first Parent Night at a school in Sydney. We had over 70 people come... including just a handful of Mothers. I was thrilled... nearly 70 men came to hear me present on the impact of a father's presence. The feedback on the night, and the subsequent weeks that followed... to this very day in fact... was so incredibly encouraging. I had men phoning me the next morning to know if I was going to be presenting something similar anywhere else in Sydney in the evenings that followed... because they had wished their wives could have been there with them the night before.

Now it's Melbourne's turn! This time we are partnering with Waverley Christian College, and this time, I have ensured that all Mums are also very welcome to attend... in fact encouraged to attend. So if you live in Melbourne, then we'd love to see you there... and if you don't, but know someone who does... then please be sure to help us get the word out about this. A summary of the details follow... along with some graphics of the flyer.

WHAT?: Parent Night - The IMPACT of a FATHER’S PRESENCE… What Every Parent Needs to Know.
Register now to join Darren Lewis (2011 Queensland Father of the Year, and founder of ‘Fathering Adventures’… )… as he shares how to best ensure your child achieves well at school, has a healthy self-esteem, and avoids high risk behaviours.

Thursday Evening March 21 (7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Main Presentation ; 8:00 pm – 8:20 pm – A short Question & Answer session ; 8:20 pm – 9:00 pm – Supper)

Performing Arts Centre, Waverley Christian College, 1248 High Street Rd, Wantirna South, Melbourne, VIC, 3152.  Please enter through gate 3

$5 per person (Early Bird Online Rate), or $7 per person (at the door on the night).
Please note that every registration allows for admission of spouses free of charge, and Supper is included in the cost of registration.

And of course... If you would consider hosting / partnering with us
in facilitating a Parent Night in your city... then we'd love to hear from you!