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2803, 2023

Easter Musing

By |March 28th, 2023|

This year I am grateful that the Easter Bunny won’t be stopping by. The shambolic mess that the break‑and‑enter bunny left last year has left me thankful for a reprieve. There are many things that I celebrate at Easter… family traditions, the ceremony and stories of Easter accounts and the ...

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 ...

601, 2023
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Words Can Build Relationships or Destroy Them

By |January 6th, 2023|

The words and gestures you use have the power to either lift people up or bring them down. Choose wisely, especially in your daily interactions with your family. Yesterday I went to get my watch battery replaced at the local shopping centre's Mr Repairman Service and received a surprise. The ...

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 ...

3012, 2022
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Family First

By |December 30th, 2022|

It can be tempting to pursue fulfilment and accolades at work, but you are irreplaceable in your family -- a conscious decision to put them first will reap the most precious rewards. Wisdom is usually discovered in retrospect. Such is the case with me anyway. I usually stumble into wisdom, ...

2912, 2022
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Hero Dad in Hot Pursuit Rescues His 4 Kids and Stolen SUV

By |December 29th, 2022|

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help a hero dad fix the family’s damaged truck and cover time off work after a carjacking incident. On 30 November around 8:40 pm, Derek Gotchie and his family were delivering seasonal gifts to friends when their SUV, with his kids inside, ...

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 ...

2312, 2022
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40 Things Dads Can Do with Their Children

By |December 23rd, 2022|

“Children need your presence more than they need your presents,” are the wise words of Jesse Jackson. Both Dads and kids need a purpose to develop the art of presence. To assist you in this art, we have gathered together 40 things that Dads can do with their children. This ...

2212, 2022
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Goal-Setting for the New Year Doesn’t Have to Be Dull

By |December 22nd, 2022|

A good way to prepare for the New Year is to reach for a SWOT analysis, unpacking the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for the year ahead. Although ‘fail to plan, plan to fail,’ is a tired, tedious old phrase, the truth it conveys still offers a solid punch, motivating ...

2012, 2022
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Finding Independence for My Daughters

By |December 20th, 2022|

I hold a lofty ideal for my daughters. Lofty and simple. I want them to be sure in believing that they are wholesome people of value, who can tend generously to others and themselves. If I am doing well as a mindful dad, then I am setting my daughters up ...

1912, 2022
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Two Secrets to a Happy Home

By |December 19th, 2022|

The big question is: “How do you create a happy home?” I think a lot of people wished they had come from one. Working with young people and families with both older and younger children, I’ve noticed that a happy home can come from any race, occupation, economic status, political ...

1712, 2022
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The Wonder of Christmas

By |December 17th, 2022|

“Christmas is the day that holds all time together.” These are the words of Alexander Smith. To understand the wonder of Christmas, we must first understand the story. Let’s start with the facts, straight from Wikipedia. I will intermingle some of my favourite Christmas videos to keep you inspired. History ...

1512, 2022
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Christmas in “Die-Hard” Dad Mode

By |December 15th, 2022|

I’m usually a lot better prepared for Christmas. Not this year. This year, the week to trump all weeks caught us off-guard. We missed a beat or two in preparation for the only few weeks capable of slowing down the Western world. The weeks that remind the Scrooges and time-poor ...

1212, 2022
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3 Steps to Teaching Your Child Self Control

By |December 12th, 2022|

Self-control is the ability to say “no” when you want to say “yes“! In 1972, Walter Mischel conducted one of the classic psychology experiments of all time. Children were shown into a laboratory and given a plate with a marshmallow on it. They were told they could eat it now, ...

1012, 2022
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Every Parent Needs to Know This – Dr Jordan Peterson

By |December 10th, 2022|

Psychologist and renowned speaker Dr Jordan Peterson has some home truths for parents. Parenting is certainly challenging, but it is a tremendous privilege and responsibility that should not be subsumed by competing priorities. Bette Davis said, “If you have never been hated by your children, you haven’t been a parent.” ...

912, 2022
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Real Dads are Dragon Slayers

By |December 9th, 2022|

Paraphrasing the great G.K. Chesterton, novelist Neil Gaiman wrote, “Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” His words summarise the essence of an obscure essay from Chesterton called The Red Angel, written in ...

112, 2022
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New Book Offers Hope for Men in a Post-Feminist World

By |December 1st, 2022|

A new book from Richard V. Reeves is winning widespread applause for offering hope to men in a post-feminist world. Released in September, ‘Of Boys and Men: Why the modern male is struggling, why it matters, and what to do about it, the father, author, and British-American expat argues for ...

2911, 2022
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The Hills Hoist Helicopter

By |November 29th, 2022|

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 ...

2411, 2022
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Authentic Fatherhood Breeds Authentic Men

By |November 24th, 2022|

Fatherhood is to a son’s manhood, as manhood is to a dad’s fatherhood. They’re inseparable elements in the way fathers raise their sons to be men, because they reflect each other. A few points in a recent piece from All Pro Dad’s BJ Foster hit a six on the subject. ...

2211, 2022
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The Big Red Car

By |November 22nd, 2022|

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 ...

1911, 2022
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Zero Male Suicide

By |November 19th, 2022|

Over the last 20 years, I have seen a lot of people come into the men’s movement with big promises and even bigger egos. Mostly they blow in, blow up and then blow out. Sadly, they often hurt other men in the process. I don’t believe Paul Withall from Zero ...


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