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Fathers’ Support Groups

 Dads facing life's common challenges can use a support group to help them connect with others who share the same thoughts, concerns and problems.

Any guy who feels like he might need a little more supportive companionship or feels a bit isolated as a father because of a life situation like being a stay at home dad, a gay dad, or a widowed dad might want to consider joining one of the many fathers' support groups available in the U.S. today. Dads getting together with other dads who share 
common life circumstances can create support groups to help them connect with others who share the 
same thoughts, concerns and problems. Sharing their many different victories and defeats can help them work toward becoming better dads as they meet with other people who can help support their efforts.

In the beginning, most support groups start small and spontaneously when a few fathers get together to share their experiences. Once the idea of a support group catches on and begins meeting regularly, they will generally take on a more formal structure as more dads start hanging out together. The most common grassroots father's groups usually start somewhere free or very low cost like meeting at a restaurant, hotel, community center, church or in the private home of one of the members. Small, informal support groups usually do not collect fees or dues beyond what might be necessary for their meetings like the cost of meals.

Different fathers will have different needs for joining a support group, but generally they usually focus on networking with other dads and learning new tools or techniques to better cope with life as they react to the multiple challenges of fatherhood. In many cases, a particular crisis like being recently widowed is all it takes to get a group started. In the best instances, the members of a support group will work with each other to provide support and direction when one member is having trouble with a particular personal challenge. The support provided by a group of like-minded dads can be invaluable when dealing with life's many small crises. 

Even if a father is not having trouble with a particular problem, linking up with a support group can provide a lot of companionship when fathers feel isolated and don't want to deal with troubles on their own. Any man that feels he could benefit from better connections with the other men in his life will find that a support group is a great place to find real companionship and sharing during the process of learning how to become a better dad. Dads with family problems like those raising kids with specific medical or disciplinary problems will find that support groups can be a great source of information and tools to help them better balance a full-time job and a full-time family at the same time.

Thankfully, there are a variety of resources available these days to help men find a support group that meets their needs. Your local newspaper is a good place to start looking for support group listings, and there are usually also parenting resource centers available at local hospitals, colleges and other schools. Family therapists can also sometimes help guide you to an appropriate dad's group, and don't forget to check with your local church or synagogue as well. Although word of mouth detective work can be effective at the local level, if you desire a larger reach, or a larger group, perhaps a virtual support group online would meet your needs because an online experience can open the support group to a much broader range of fathers from more diverse backgrounds, and online support also offers anonymity which is helpful in certain circumstances and with certain types of problems. Regardless of the specific needs that a dad may have, fathers' support groups can provide a level of greater connectivity, ideas and camaraderie than is possible when facing the same problems on your own. 

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