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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Field Trips: The Benefits for Dads and their Kids

Field trips bring lasting benefits for fathers and their children, providing life lessons and character-building opportunities. If like me, you were a kid in the 1980s, chances are you remember watching The Waltons. The two-story white house, Mary-Ellen, John-Boy, the sawmill, Ike and the general store; the yellow rumble-seat car, the ‘recipe,’ the Baldwin ladies, and John Walton Snr calling out “Good night, everybody” at the close of every episode. There ...

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5 Frugal Ideas that Fit the Budget and Honour the Meaning of Valentine’s Day

Here are five affordable yet fun ideas to celebrate the spirit of Valentine's Day with your beloved all year round. Valentine’s Day is, in many ways, a gap-filling marketing oasis for retailers to cover their bottom lines between Christmas and Easter. We buy into it probably for the same reasons. Valentine’s Day offers time to take a breath between the biggest ecclesial feasts of the year. The grind is back in ...

By |2022-02-17T11:52:16+10:00February 17th, 2022|FAITH, LOVE & MARRIAGE, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Parenting Styles – Which One is Best?

An examination of various parenting styles and reflection on our own modes of parenting, can be very beneficial in honing our parenting skills for the sake of our children as they grow and mature under our guidance and discipline. Two of the best parenting styles are ‘democratic’ and ‘authoritative’. The bare-bones definition of the democratic parenting style is, ‘Allowing a fairness and respect to develop between child and parent. It involves ...

By |2022-02-11T23:35:36+10:00February 11th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Homeschooling – the Challenges & the Benefits

Consider the benefits of homeschooling your children. The challenges are worth the effort to raise independent thinkers of solid faith and good character, with a firm foundation. I know a lot of people baulk at the prospect of homeschooling their kids. Visualising the idea is hampered by what looks like a monumental mountain of details. I won’t lie. Having homeschooled for 12 years, the sheer size of the task is daunting. ...

By |2022-02-05T16:33:21+10:00February 7th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES|2 Comments
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Listening is the Underdog of All Communication

The family dog has taught us a variety of life lessons, including how to communicate better as humans. Owning a pet has been a journey that has taken the better part of a decade. A year into owning a dog -- or rather being the caretaker of one -- I’m sold on the adage that dogs are “man’s best friend.” Fish were tried, but died. Cats? We’ve been there and done ...

By |2022-01-28T19:09:52+10:00January 28th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Preparing Our Kids for Life, Protects Them for Life

Parenthood is the art of making yourself obsolete. It involves ensuring as far as possible that your child has the self-discipline and character to make it through the ups and downs of life, far into the future. They learn from us the tools necessary for resilience and success. Every year, there are four questions all mums, dads, uncles, aunts, guardians or grandparents involved in child-rearing should try to ask themselves: Am ...

By |2022-01-21T19:56:02+10:00January 21st, 2022|Children, Dads, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Five Wedding Anniversary Dos and Don’ts

Anniversaries aren't just for reminiscing about a past event. They are an opportunity to forge new memories together and cherish one another with expressions of true love. As critical as I am about New Year’s resolutions and the feckless sentimentalism attached, I am not averse to using January to prepare for key anniversaries. These key calendar events spark hope in the midst of the dull, back-to-work, post-Christmas grind. An anniversary is ...

By |2022-01-14T19:02:20+10:00January 14th, 2022|FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Men & Chores: Why We Do Them

Research shows that religious men tend to do more chores than non-religious, progressive men. What is the reason behind this? And what other reasons might men have to delve into the thick of housework? While housework is not the most glamorous of duties, research from the University of Utah suggests that some men are holding their own, both in the kitchen and outside it. Surprising Observations In January 2021, Utah-based Deseret ...

By |2022-01-07T17:52:39+10:00January 7th, 2022|Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MANHOOD, MENS HEALTH, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Dads and Conflict Resolution

Extinguishing conflict requires good communication. Here are some basic pointers on how to mediate a family quarrel and restore peace to your home. Most of you reading this would know that conflict resolution is a staple in just about every workplace. I don’t think I would be met with a whole lot of disagreement by asserting that the same emphasis should also be applied in the home. Two people step up ...

By |2021-12-31T18:39:22+10:00December 31st, 2021|Children, Dads, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAITH, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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News Year’s Eve is About People, Not Promises

This New Year, instead of making unrealistic resolutions that are swiftly discarded by the wayside, focus on what really matters deep down and take sustainable steps toward nourishing that. The worst things about the closing of another year are New Year’s Eve hype and paraphernalia. With a few exceptions, the event is -- on the whole -- a dumb-ass excuse for a celebration. How many New Year’s resolutions touted the day ...

By |2021-12-23T20:16:35+10:00December 23rd, 2021|Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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