Rod Lampard

About Rod Lampard

Rod, his wife Jonda, and their five kids are homeschooling veterans. Rod spent 12 years in management at Koorong, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ministry & Theology, and is a writer for the theological, politically edgy news site Caldron Pool. Rod also writes for the Spectator. Find his personal blog here.
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Minecraft: Take Your Dad-Game to the Next Level

Five more tips for dads on how to maximise your Minecraft gaming fun for some quality time with your children. For decades, I’ve been an avid videogame consumer. From an Amstrad in the '80s, to rented Nintendos in the 90s, to console, and PC level MMORGs in the 00s, videogaming has been part of the casual way I’ve spent my downtime. While I’ve all but resigned from this virtual playground -- ...

By |2022-05-13T09:36:13+10:00May 13th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Great Dad Film for the Whole Family – ‘We Bought a Zoo’

This weekend, sit down with your family and enjoy the moving true story of a grieving widower and dad rebuilding his family while putting a whole zoo back together. If you’ve seen the 2012 Matt Damon movie, you know the basic narrative. We Bought a Zoo is the story of a widower and father of two, who, along with his family, buys a dilapidated zoo. He then embarks on the financially ...

By |2022-05-05T17:57:52+10:00May 5th, 2022|Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Successful Fathers Ask Good Questions

Putting aside your ego and having the humility to seek advice or help, or learn more from others, is essential in maturing as a father and helping your family as a whole. Chris Gardner credits the power of being teachable for raising him and his son out of homelessness. The single dad at the centre of the movie The Pursuit of Happyness wasn’t always a fan of asking questions. Retrospectively, Gardner ...

By |2022-04-30T10:10:05+10:00April 30th, 2022|Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, NEW DADS, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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15 of the Best Father & Son Films Ever Made

Irrespective of genre, and the anti-John Wayne ideology erasing any semblance of authentic masculinity from Hollywood, there have been some serious wins for dads in the father-son category over the years. These films buck the “woke” trend, and carry audiences beyond sloppy stereotypes to a truer representation of dads who are for their sons, and others. Men who raise up their sons. Men who fight for, and alongside their sons, not ...

By |2022-04-23T14:11:18+10:00April 23rd, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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From Fatherlessness to Faith: Dysfunction with a New Start

Despite the failings and traumas handed down from past generations, with the grace of God, we can break free of toxic cycles and build a far better future for our children. Those who grow up hurting from being fatherless can learn from our parents' mistakes and develop into life-giving, dedicated fathers. Like every single one of our five kids, wearing the dad hat was for me a cliched process of having ...

By |2022-04-11T10:02:50+10:00April 12th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Homeschooling Requires Routine, But Flexibility is Still the Key Ingredient

While homeschooling, a timetable is necessary, but so is the ability to pivot and make space for unexpected events. A balance of routine and flexibility will create a healthy learning environment. Make this an axiom: routine is life, yet without flexibility, a routine life is dull. Without elasticity, routine devolves into a rigid, joyless obsession over ledger ticks and timestamps. Flexibility saves routine from its inevitable dreary end. In the context ...

By |2022-04-02T23:59:47+10:00April 5th, 2022|Dads, FAITH, HOMESCHOOLING|0 Comments
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Dad-Life Hacks for Raising a Strong-Willed Child

Parenting a strong-willed child can be challenging, but with various techniques, it can be very rewarding. Channel their energy into productive activities, and communicate clearly with them to achieve mutual goals. I’ll begin by saying: I love my strong-willed child. She’s full of light, is daring, boisterous, spirited, and loud. Strong-willed children, as defined by Psychology Today, are children ‘who are stubborn and always have to get their way.’ Writing for ...

By |2022-04-01T18:06:49+10:00April 1st, 2022|Children, Dads, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Rethinking the Power and Value of School Holidays

Homeschoolers need holidays too. Breaks are opportunities to grow and flourish as a family -- a valuable time for exploration and rejuvenation. While the home education timetable doesn’t have to follow allotted times for school term breaks set by the government, it is generally a good idea to keep in step with them. We are a homeschooling family on the go. School holidays are a chance to change pace. A chance ...

By |2022-03-25T19:34:09+10:00March 25th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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Starter Tips for Beginner Home-Schoolers

A convert to homeschooling explains why he eventually chose this educational path for his children, musing on the variety of resources and the dedication required of homeschooling parents. 2022 marks my 9th year as a home-school dad, as well as my family’s 12th year as homeschoolers. Not bad for a dad who was against the idea of us ever home-schooling. A Fresh Concept In the beginning, I was never anti-home-school. I ...

By |2022-03-14T07:57:22+10:00March 14th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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Meet Rob Kenney: “Internet Dad” + Cure for Fatherlessness

Fatherless father-of-two Rob Kenney has earned the “internet dad” title after millions tuned into a dad-help YouTube channel he created in April 2020. Kenney’s simple “Dad, How Do I?” vlog now has 3.83 million subscribers with over 18.4 million views. The 58-year-old social media “influencer’s” 30-year-old daughter Kristine Ponten attributes his popularity to COVID-19 lockdowns, stating,  “I don’t think it would’ve gone viral in another circumstance. It is definitely pandemic-specific regarding ...

By |2022-03-04T22:47:28+10:00March 4th, 2022|Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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