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1009, 2022

Preparing for Parenting

By |September 10th, 2022|

Before we become fathers, we are free to live like children ourselves.  We work towards our own ends, we engage in relationships to satiate our own needs and desires, we enjoy leisure-some pursuits based entirely on what we enjoy. Fatherhood, by necessity, changes our focus and our lifestyle.  For myself, ...

2508, 2022
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Babies That Talk – Learning Your Baby’s Language

By |August 25th, 2022|

Language is a wonderful thing. Through the power of language, one person can translate the most complex and nebulous of ideas into terms that another can understand. Thus, not only the understanding but also the realisation of a new or different concept can be transposed from one mind to another. ...

508, 2022
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My Baby Son – A Father’s Day Present from Heaven

By |August 5th, 2022|

It was 12:00am on Sunday, the 1st of September -- Father’s Day, to be precise. There I was, frantically gathering clothes and bits 'n' pieces according to my wife’s somewhat disjointed instruction.  She was roaming about the house with a hot wheat sack across her rather overgrown abdomen. I couldn’t ...

107, 2022
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Less is More

By |July 1st, 2022|

We may become overwhelmed by our family responsibilities and job expectations. Recall the adage that less is more, and prioritise your main role, in which you cannot be replaced. “You can’t have it all,” used to be a saying to describe women juggling careers and motherhood. Mothers are caught in ...

1406, 2022
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My Unlikely Journey Toward Happiness

By |June 14th, 2022|

During the first year of my daughter’s life, I found motherhood quite difficult. I felt swamped by my new role, and somewhere along the way, I lost myself. I felt I had been transformed into a breastfeeding, nappy-changing, baby-burping robot. I had put on about 30 kilos while pregnant and ...

1305, 2022

Science of Dad and the ‘Father Effect’

By |May 13th, 2022|

When you analyse the social science about the importance of dads, it is unequivocal. Dads are vitally important to their children’s success in a myriad of ways. As George Herbert said, “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” This is not speculation -- it is reality. Joshua A Krisch ...

2604, 2022
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Making It Through Postnatal Depression

By |April 26th, 2022|

Aussie mum Fiona lives in Switzerland with her hubby and beautiful 15-month-old girl. This Q&A reveals her struggle with postnatal depression and what helped her get through it: What do you love most about being a mum? Being my own boss -- no rules to follow except my own Cuddles ...

1404, 2022
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The Power of Commitment

By |April 14th, 2022|

Becoming a man and a father requires the ability to commit to your family and to sacrifice for them. Here is a frank interview of a dad who had to learn the virtue of commitment while on the job. Benjamin Franklin said, “Honesty is the best policy.” Zig Ziglar, one ...

604, 2022
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Hope for New Mums

By |April 6th, 2022|

Postnatal depression is real, but take heart -- support is available. We need to support new mothers and fathers in their parenting journey. Parenting is challenging, and it takes a village to nurture a family. I remember watching an ad on TV a few weeks before I had my first ...

2503, 2022
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The Art of Fathering – from Naivety to Nappies

By |March 25th, 2022|

Nappy changing is an acquired skill. Once you have mastered this fine art, you can look forward to all the following levels of fatherhood! When it comes to the art and skill of fathering, a lot has changed since the ‘wonder years’ of our father’s or grandfathers’ generation. Oh, the ...

2402, 2022
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Watching Cricket Together

By |February 24th, 2022|

Life with a baby turns regular activities into entirely new and wonderful experiences. It’s hard to believe so much time has passed. My son, Seth, is now ten weeks old, and so intelligent he’s bound to make a future Prime Minister. (Not that I’m biased!) Recently, I reflected on my ...

2611, 2021

New Dads Can Experience Pregnancy Hell Too

By |November 26th, 2021|

My wife went through pregnancy hell. And so did I, though my issues only surfaced years later. To all the dads out there: pregnancy may be tough for you too, and that's okay. If I made it, so will you. I remember the apprehension and nerves when my first child ...

1410, 2021
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Tips for Transitioning Your Toddler to a Big Bed

By |October 14th, 2021|

Here are some tips from an experienced mother on how you can succeed in transitioning your toddler from a cot to a bed. This post has been written in collaboration with Sleepmaker This year, Phoebe will be out of a cot and into a bed and I’m not sure how ...

510, 2021
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Perpetual Discontent: A Guide to Unlocking the Prison

By |October 5th, 2021|

When extreme perfectionism becomes embroiled in a family context, it invariably leads to deep discontent. This is part 1 in a series on perfectionism and how to find peace in the midst of it. When you get right down to it, most perfectionists are searching for peace. Basically, we want to ...

210, 2021
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How to Be a Better Dad

By |October 2nd, 2021|

Orlando Battista said, “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” Orlando Battista is right. Our children don’t want things, they want us.  The team at our friends at the Fathering Centre in Kansas City USA had this to say ...

3009, 2021
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Don’t Turn Blessings Into Curses

By |September 30th, 2021|

Have you ever dreamed a dream, had all the steps fall into place and suddenly you’re living your dream and it’s nothing like how you imagined it? Welcome to Parenthood We dream of the baby, but have no idea how that little person will change the rest of our lives. We ...

2809, 2021
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Mothering Myths: Perfectionism

By |September 28th, 2021|

"Perfectionism" – what an indecent word! One that plagues mothers with a gamut of feelings.  Mothering Myths I thought of a few “Mothering Myths” that make us believe this word to the point of never feeling good enough: A mother is responsible for her children’s happiness. A mother is responsible for motivating her ...

1809, 2021
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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 Tasman and Jean Westbury with the birth of their first baby, named Elijah Westbury. You have never met Jean ...

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 ...

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