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1809, 2023

7 Proven Tips for a Happy Home

By |September 18th, 2023|

I love this article, published by Time, to help parents like me make the most of these short years we have with our kids: "How to Have a Happy Family – 7 Tips Backed by Research".

2702, 2023
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The Gift of an Ordinary Day

By |February 27th, 2023|

Silly giggles, 3 am feeds, bedtime cuddles, wiped tears and heart-to-hearts. These are the moments you’ll treasure when your little one is all grown up. I reckon that if anyone ever does invent a time machine, it’ll be a mum. After all, wouldn’t you give everything you own to have ...

2302, 2023
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Quality Family Time is Good Medicine

By |February 23rd, 2023|

A unique story testifying to the bond between father and daughter has set parts of the internet on fire. Luis, a 78-old-year old dad living in Spain, was forced into a retirement home because of a loss of independence. This separated Luis from his inseparable, 38-year-old daughter, Estefania, who was ...

2002, 2023
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Are You a Helicopter Parent?

By |February 20th, 2023|

Helicopter parents are well-meaning parents who hover over their kids. If something happens, heaven forbid, such as falling over, fighting over a toy, or getting a bad grade, helicopter parents swoop in and do everything they can to make things better. Sometimes being a helicopter parent is a good thing ...

1702, 2023
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Dads ‘Cut Out’ in Changes to Law

By |February 17th, 2023|

I felt gutted when I heard the news, first published in The Australian newspaper, in an article titled "Dads ‘Cut Out’ in Changes to Family Law". Let me share a brief excerpt from the article by journalist Jess Malcolm. “A family law adviser to the ­Howard government says Labor’s proposal ...

1502, 2023
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Like Parent, Like Child

By |February 15th, 2023|

The most powerful influence on a couple is their family of origin. Good or bad, our experiences in our childhood prepared us for marriage. The young couple sitting opposite us had been married only a few years. They were experiencing some health challenges, but this is not what brought them ...

1402, 2023
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Winner Takes All

By |February 14th, 2023|

This week a television crew from the Japanese public broadcaster came to Sydney to interview family law specialist Justin Dowd, a former President of the NSW Law Society. Japan is considering a move away from mum-custody towards “joint parental authority” -- which recognises that it’s in the best interests of ...

1302, 2023
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A Letter To My Younger Self

By |February 13th, 2023|

Now I’m a Nonna and have raised my own children, I can relax and watch as my son parents his little girl. I think back to myself as a young mum and I wonder what words of wisdom I could share with her. The things I know now -- hmmm… ...

902, 2023
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Eagle Parenting – Engaged Parenting

By |February 9th, 2023|

American Bald Eagles usually mate for life. Living between 20-30 years in the wild, the main mascots of the United States since 1782 also share traditional parenting roles. Thanks to modern tech, researchers have gathered more knowledge about this North American icon’s parenting skills, much of which comes from a ...

602, 2023
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At the Car Wash

By |February 6th, 2023|

On Saturday I dropped my daughter off to do a school assignment with her friends. On the way home there was a FREE car wash. That’s always music to my ears. So why on earth would people give up a beautiful Saturday morning to wash cars for other people… FOR ...

202, 2023
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Marriage is More than Money

By |February 2nd, 2023|

A Pew study released mid-January suggests a majority of mums and dads in the United States are prioritising money over marriage. 90% of those quizzed about ‘aspirations’ for their children ‘prioritized financial independence and career satisfaction’ as numero uno. Material Success The Research Centre’s findings claimed that for a majority ...

3101, 2023
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Empty Days, Lonely Nights

By |January 31st, 2023|

By Bettina Arndt -- The Sydney Morning Herald, April 28, 2014 A belief that children under three should not stay overnight with their separated or divorced father has underpinned our family law system for years. Has it all been a mistake? Bettina Arndt reports. Editor’s Note: Little has changed in ...

3001, 2023
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How Reading to Your Child Affects Brain Development

By |January 30th, 2023|

One of my happiest childhood memories is snuggling in bed with mum or dad each night as they read to me. It was these moments that instilled in me a lifelong love of reading. It’s still one of my absolute favourite things to do, even though it’s a rare treat ...

2701, 2023
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Back-To-School Tips

By |January 27th, 2023|

Did you know that in the first 18 years of your child’s life, 7.1 years will be spent in school? Over one-third of the days you have with your child until they go to university or leave school to go to work will be spent going to school. Your child’s ...

2401, 2023
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What is the Lesson of a Dad in a Onesie?

By |January 24th, 2023|

Toileting is pitiful in a onesie! And so, they are not the usual garb of this practical single dad, but for a social experiment that I crafted to play out. I cannot conceive that a bedtime costume as impractical as a onesie would ever be engineered for anything more than ...

2301, 2023
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Stop Making Your Child Happy

By |January 23rd, 2023|

OK, confession time… I’m not sure where, or how it started, but surprisingly, it was at a very young age. I’ve always loved kids. I’ve looked after kids and worked with kids, in both professional and voluntary capacities since I was about eleven. Spoilt Those who thought the whole world ...

2001, 2023
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How to Bond with Your Kids – According to Neuroscience

By |January 20th, 2023|

Research reveals the amazing science behind creating a strong, lasting bond between parent and child, helping the child develop into a secure, well-rounded and independent person. “I think it should be cool to be a good partner, a good spouse, a good father… If I’m one of the people who ...

1701, 2023
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My Annual Dad Superpower Check-up

By |January 17th, 2023|

Visiting the dentist has all the appeal of cleaning my daughters’ long, clagged hair out of the shower drain. I visit annually because it is the right thing to do. Each visit follows a predictable pattern. I arrive early at the clinic. I eagerly anticipate being able to read a ...

1601, 2023
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Take Your Time: Easiest Parenting Advice Ever

By |January 16th, 2023|

Want to know the easiest way to give your kids a confidence boost? It’s the most sure-fire simple way to increase your child’s positivity and resilience. Here it is… Enjoy them. Spend time with them. Let go of your agenda and be with them and listen to them. That’s it. ...

1301, 2023
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Why Do Things Hurt?

By |January 13th, 2023|

A new children's book examines the mystery of suffering and pain. Exquisitely illustrated, it is an excellent tool for parents to discuss this big question with their children, mentally preparing them for the travails of life. “Life is hard, but we make it harder,” said Ryan Holiday. True words. If ...

1201, 2023
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Board Games for Bored Dads and Kids

By |January 12th, 2023|

Board games are boring. Yes, it’s not the greatest way to start off an article selling the importance of tabletop games hammered out between dads, mums, and their kids. Like it or leave it -- win, or lose -- I have no real love for the genre. The very last ...

901, 2023
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Ideal Summer Thirst Quencher

By |January 9th, 2023|

There’s nothing like biting into a wedge of crispy cold watermelon on a hot summer’s day. For me, it brings back vivid childhood memories of being with my family during scorching heat waves in Australia. My dad would always make sure to pick the ripest watermelon by tapping it. If ...

501, 2023
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Dear Journal

By |January 5th, 2023|

Dad’s log. Day 3 of our 8-day expedition of exploration… my crew of two settled excitedly into their temporary resort environment. Their sense of holiday time gives them cause to make the argument that five serves of vegetable and two of fruit does not apply. “But, Daa-aad… it’s holidays… we ...

201, 2023
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Ties That Bind – Long-Distance Grandparents

By |January 2nd, 2023|

I’m a first-time Nonna -- however, my relationship with my new granddaughter is a long-distance one (my son and daughter-in-law live in California). But last week, they came home on vacation! I got to hold her tight against my chest and hear her breathe, I got to feel her soft ...

2712, 2022
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The Popular Girl

By |December 27th, 2022|

Taylor is the popular girl at my daughters’ all-girl school. All schools have popular kids. This popular girl holds some sort of easy charm, often leaving some girls pining for that social standing. Normally I wouldn’t be too fussed about the popular girl; however, I believe that Taylor is stepping ...


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