Some family dynamics, such as a parent working abroad or a parent working late hours often have negative impacts on the parent child relationship. This was the case with the Caden family. The dad’s over involvement with his career and job meant less time with the children which resulted in rapidly deteriorating father-children relationship. For example, the kids did not acknowledge his presence as a father figure when he was home because they were so used to depending on their mother and had built a strong bond with her.
The mom thought enrolling in the F&ST program will help better their family situation. It was during the Parent Group that the mom disclosed how her husband’s work schedule affect their children, and how she often feels as if she was a single parent at. During the time the family was attending the program dad was working close to home and was often able to attend with his family. The structured program allowed him to give one-on-one attention to each of his children at specific times. The children were glowing with excitement that they were able to spend quality time with their dad.
The program helped develop a bond between the children and their dad. The dad mentioned that he felt respected by his children and was feeling excited about the changes his family was experiencing.