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1809, 2021

You are a Father Now!

By |September 18th, 2021|

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man”. These are the wise words of Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore. They also came true this week for Jean and Tasman Westbury with the birth of their first baby, named Elijah Joseph-Antoine Westbury. You have never met ...

909, 2021
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The Modern-Day Mum is Stronger Than She Thinks

By |September 9th, 2021|

I don’t know how many times I have looked at the clock since becoming a mum and have willed those handles to spin a little faster. There have been many a day when I have wished for nap time to come sooner and for bedtime to be brought forward. I’ve ...

2007, 2021
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Healthy habits to win over fussy eaters

By |July 20th, 2021|

Around half of all toddlers are considered fussy eaters, screwing up their nose at salad and pitching butternut pumpkin from their high chairs. Establishing healthy eating patterns in children is important and can have a big impact on their everyday health, growth and cognitive development. So, how do we avoid ...

1204, 2021
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Bringing Baby Home from Hospital

By |April 12th, 2021|

Alright then, just sign here and you can take him home. Home? Taking him home? And not just him, but my wonderful and rather tired and sore wife. There’s a lot involved in taking your baby home from hospital. You’ve got to have somewhere for them to sit in the ...

504, 2021
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Baby’s First Day of Life

By |April 5th, 2021|

What on earth do I do now? That’s the thought that went through my head. I held my newborn son in my arms, I looked down into his eyes, and in him I saw someone who would be completely reliant on my wife and me for his every need, someone ...

2903, 2021
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Pregnancy to Birth: How Not to Panic

By |March 29th, 2021|

Fatherhood; it’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times. Sorry Charles Dickens for stealing your thunder, but it’s true. Being a dad is one of the most wonderful things to ever happen to me, as well as one of the most terrifying. I’ve been a father for 11 ...

804, 2017

Mothering Denied

By |April 8th, 2017|

Motherhood is fast becoming a dirty word. My daughter-in-law, mother of five girls  under 10 years of age was telling me how she is still getting asked, "When are you going back to work?" Her response is simple, "I'm a mother first and I am in no rush to leave ...

401, 2014

Conversations with a Two-Year-Old

By |January 4th, 2014|

Many years ago there was a TV show called ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ which was first hosted by Bill Cosby in 1995.This was based on a daily radio show by Art Linkletter, which was aired between 1945 and 1969. But, look out folks, in 2014 we can forget TV ...

2809, 2013

The Dad Dilemma

By |September 28th, 2013|

The Dad Dilemma is the title of an article in The Age about the challenges of child birth. Thea O’Connor, the writer, says, “Most Australian men are present and active at the birth of their children. But not everyone believes this is a good thing.” Having been present for the ...

2507, 2013

Every Baby is a Royal Baby

By |July 25th, 2013|

It has been a big week for royal babies. On Monday 22 July 2013, at 4.24pm Prince William and Princess Kate had a son, George Alexander Louis, whose destiny may well be the future King of England. Prince William, Princess Kate and their son George On Sunday 21 ...

310, 2005
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It’s a Boy!

By |October 3rd, 2005|

Dear Diary, IT’S A BOY! My beautiful daughter gave birth the other week to a beautiful boy, 8lb 3oz. I was supposed to speak in Parliament House at the Human Rights Conference about ‘DIDs’ that week. And you know what? Normally my work would take preference over my private life. ...

2808, 2005
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Altruistic Love of a Father

By |August 28th, 2005|

It is nearly forty years ago since the first known father, an Australian, applied for legal custody of a baby girl and was subsequently granted legal custody of his baby daughter by the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Though this father was granted legal custody of his baby daughter ...

2106, 2004
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When They Are Very Young

By |June 21st, 2004|

I was 27 years old when, on my first day of teaching, I was presented with a class full of ten-year-old children. I remember thinking that I hadn’t seen or spoken to a ten-year-old since I was ten. I felt equally inadequate a few years later when I was handed ...

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