Hey Dad: The Smile Collective thinks you’re a Fantastic Parent Too

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The role of a dad in their children's life is different to, but just as important as that of the mother. This little fact sometimes gets overlooked in the world of parenting. The Smile Collective has created two beautiful manifestos that celebrate both Dads AND Grandfathers - just in time for Father's Day in Australia.

Dads are often the forgotten ones in the whole parenting caper

Perth blogger and mum of one, Kelly Exeter, has an important message for the dads of the world – you’re not the same as a mum, and that’s just how it should be.

With father’s day around the corner, Kelly wanted to celebrate the unique and special relationship dads have with their kids, so she wrote and designed A Manifesto for Dads (http://bit.ly/Phtg0L). The beautiful typographical print includes many tips and reminders for dads, including “make sure you tell them bad jokes in front of their friends”.

“Dads are often the forgotten ones in the whole parenting caper,” she says.

“But they bring different things to the table that are just as important as those the mum brings.”
Kelly is particularly keen to give new dads their due.

“When a newborn comes home, the dads tend to get a bit forgotten in the fuss over the new mother and baby.

“But as we all know, dads are every bit as crucial in shaping their kids’ lives.

“There are no rules to parenting, we all just kind of stumble along and there is no such thing as a perfect mum or dad. I hope my manifesto gives dads permission to be themselves.”

Graphic designer and writer Kelly started The Smile Collective blog to “put a smile on people’s faces and provide inspiration”.

She is now on a mission to create a manifesto a week until Christmas.

With both a designer’s eye and a writer’s way with words, Kelly has the skill to ensure her manifestos stand out from the competition.

“They all feature original words by me and hopefully convey a message that is both inspiring and nurturing. They also have a unique style, somewhere between “bus roll” print and true typography,” she says.

“I truly love producing these manifestos because they allow me to combine my two passions – writing and design. The fact that they can also brighten people’s day is a very special bonus.”

While available all-year round, the Manifesto for Dads would make a perfect father’s day gift. And for those fathers at the older end of the spectrum, there is A Manifesto for Grandfathers (http://bit.ly/RlJZ5O) as well!

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