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The Hills Hoist Helicopter

As a kid, an atlas could hold me entranced for hours. The individually coloured lands and crazy contortions of coastlines mesmerised me. My boyhood fascination for maps was revived last week as I arrived for dinner at Simon’s grandparents'. Simon and his pop were surveying a school atlas. Because I am not so modest with my adventures, I turned the conversation to how I had flown to the other side of ...

By |2022-11-29T07:29:43+10:00November 29th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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The Big Red Car

I match up as a handyman as Arnold Schwarzenegger would as a ballet dancer. For me, anything more complicated than stapling four pieces of paper is a project. It requires plans, an almighty amount of careful thought and concerted visualisation. Therefore, offering to build my daughter a robot costume for the Book Week parade a couple of years ago was both terrifying and exciting. The terrifying thought came of my own ...

By |2022-11-22T10:48:41+10:00November 22nd, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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My Adult World of Bean Bags and Boysenberry Ice-Cream

My adult world is full of rich delights. I am gifted with hearty friends who circle their wagons of calm and joy around me from time to time. Close by is the great peace of an imposing mountain with the settling sheen of a pure white coat. I can gaze towards the tower of dolerite while the nearby waves shush my racing headspace. My grown-up place features work that is rewarding, ...

By |2022-11-14T17:47:42+10:00November 15th, 2022|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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The Parenting Pace

There are hills surrounding Hobart that shouldn’t be attempted without crampons and ropes. Building on the side of such precipices affords extensive vistas over the city and beyond to a succession of mountains or ocean horizon. The gentler slopes also made for a great proving ground for my daughters as toddlers when gravity plucked hold of them to propel them forward while their trainee legs worked to get ahead of their ...

By |2022-11-09T18:29:38+10:00November 9th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Single Dad Runs 500km with Kids in a Wheelbarrow for RFDS Fundraiser

Australian dad James Brougham is setting the dad-life bar high, running 500km while pushing his kids in a wheelbarrow to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS). So far, the single father and his young sidekicks, both under the age of six, have made it 387km, raising AUD $7,196 for the medical aviation organisation founded by the Reverend John Flynn in 1928. Relying heavily on donations to stay solvent, ...

By |2022-10-31T22:00:48+10:00November 3rd, 2022|Dads, FAMILIES, NEW DADS, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Dads Do It Different

There's a temptation to focus on the joy and wonder of birth and the bond between a young baby and its mother. But it's undeniable that the experience for dads is inherently different, whether it's pregnancy, birth, taking care of a tiny infant, or parenting a toddler, youth, tween, and teen. Two Mindsets After decades of our society striving towards gender equality, I still see that men and women approach parenting ...

By |2022-10-31T11:29:53+10:00November 1st, 2022|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Blood is Thicker Than Water

The family law system is unfairly stacked against separated fathers who simply want joint custody of their children. "Custody -- Blood is Thicker Than Water" is an inspiring true story of a loving father who fought the system so that he could be a dad to his son. As Dads, we are all our brother’s keepers. In this case, Single Dads are our brothers. We must all do our best to ...

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Parenting by the Book or Parenting by Your Values

In an ideal world, perhaps one could follow all the steps in the parenting books, but real life often leaves scant time to read those books, so you just have to follow your instincts and values! At work the other day, one of the web developers made a quirky observation: “I don’t want the future version of me to look back at the past version of me to say '[Expletive]! If ...

By |2022-10-27T15:07:34+10:00October 27th, 2022|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Dad – Hero-to-Villain & the Challenge of Communication

It is 6 degrees in Hobart, Tasmania and about 8 degrees off being properly cold. There is no snow. The wind is on leave. It is dark though. The rich indigo of the night and the stillness makes it a near-perfect evening to gaze on Articulated Intersect, the incredible light show that makes it the most public of the various installations around Hobart, that make up the winter festival. There are ...

By |2022-10-22T09:25:23+10:00October 21st, 2022|Dads, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Go Slow Into Those Teen Years

The stall at the Salamanca Market with a large sprig pulled from a peppercorn tree caught my attention. The farm my dad grew up on had an enormous peppercorn tree and many of my memories that bring on a smile feature that tree as a backdrop… the rusted chains draped over a lofty branch that held the swing… to the home-hewn plank of a weatherworn seat of a swing… Granddad sawing ...

By |2022-10-13T18:29:02+10:00October 13th, 2022|Children, Dads, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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