THE playground is like heaven for kids – what feels like acres of space to run around in, endless things to climb on and jump off, and importantly, other kids.
An emerging group in Albury though, is discovering that the playground can also be a haven for the dads of those kids – especially the new ones.
Inspired by similar groups of the same name starting up around the country, Border father Kevin Waldron started a chapter of the Dads I’d Like To Friend club.
The group, which originally started on the Central Coast, brings dads together just to chat – about parenting, fatherhood and simply life in general.
Mr Waldron and a small group of other dads have been meeting at the Oddie's Creek playground at 9am on a Sunday morning for several weeks now, and are encouraging other fathers to come and join the group.
“Once I saw the group online, I thought I should start something like that locally,” he said.
“We've been up and running for a few months now, and we usually get around four or five people down each week.”
The profound effect a good coffee and a chat could have while the kids tire themselves out on the playground was surprising, Mr Waldron said.
He believes it is important for fathers to be able to have frank conversations with others in the same boat.
“It's a social thing, a way to meet other dads,” he said.
“It can be quite isolating, between work and your family, so this is a good way to have something different going on.”
Any fathers who are looking to link up with the group can find them at the playground each Sunday, or get in touch via Facebook.