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2211, 2022

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 ...

804, 2022
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Vision Splendid

By |April 8th, 2022|

Encouraging our children to dream and have a vision to work towards, can help them set goals and get their creative juices flowing, beginning a lifelong quest to build a better future. Saturday morning, driving home from the beach, my 12-year-old son and me, reminiscing and reliving every wave, every ...

104, 2022
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Dad-Life Hacks for Raising a Strong-Willed Child

By |April 1st, 2022|

Parenting a strong-willed child can be challenging, but with various techniques, it can be very rewarding. Channel their energy into productive activities, and communicate clearly with them to achieve mutual goals. I’ll begin by saying: I love my strong-willed child. She’s full of light, is daring, boisterous, spirited, and loud. ...

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 ...

2503, 2022
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Rethinking the Power and Value of School Holidays

By |March 25th, 2022|

Homeschoolers need holidays too. Breaks are opportunities to grow and flourish as a family -- a valuable time for exploration and rejuvenation. While the home education timetable doesn’t have to follow allotted times for school term breaks set by the government, it is generally a good idea to keep in ...

1903, 2022
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One Key to Success as a Father

By |March 19th, 2022|

Developing a close friendship with your spouse and children through mutual shared interests helps to cement the bond as a family, creating lasting lifelong relationships. Many people ask us how we have raised five well-balanced, successful children.  They are amazed at the close friendship we have as a family. Often, ...

1403, 2022
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Starter Tips for Beginner Home-Schoolers

By |March 14th, 2022|

A convert to homeschooling explains why he eventually chose this educational path for his children, musing on the variety of resources and the dedication required of homeschooling parents. 2022 marks my 9th year as a home-school dad, as well as my family’s 12th year as homeschoolers. Not bad for a ...

1203, 2022
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Love is Too Big

By |March 12th, 2022|

Our daughter's recent musical debut paid homage to a childhood memory from Disneyland -- and the love we have given her. “She’s gone,” were the shocked words of my wife. “What do you mean she’s gone?” I said, with an ever-increasing desperate tone. “You were holding her hand a moment ...

403, 2022
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Brotherhood of Fathers

By |March 4th, 2022|

Here are some excellent Australian support groups for men going through the painful process of divorce. No man is an island. By supporting single dads, we also support their children, their new romantic partners and other family members. We all need friends. Robert Louis Stevenson said, “No man is useless ...

403, 2022
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Meet Rob Kenney: “Internet Dad” + Cure for Fatherlessness

By |March 4th, 2022|

Fatherless father-of-two Rob Kenney has earned the “internet dad” title after millions tuned into a dad-help YouTube channel he created in April 2020. Kenney’s simple “Dad, How Do I?” vlog now has 3.83 million subscribers with over 18.4 million views. The 58-year-old social media “influencer’s” 30-year-old daughter Kristine Ponten attributes ...

2402, 2022
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My Daughter’s Sleepover: Fun at All Costs

By |February 24th, 2022|

The challenge of being a dad really increases when your only daughter turns ten years old.  This happened to me many years ago, but it could be very relevant to you right now. We had four boys, and then my wife got her wish and daddy got his dream. 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 ...

2402, 2022
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Field Trips: The Benefits for Dads and their Kids

By |February 24th, 2022|

Field trips bring lasting benefits for fathers and their children, providing life lessons and character-building opportunities. If like me, you were a kid in the 1980s, chances are you remember watching The Waltons. The two-story white house, Mary-Ellen, John-Boy, the sawmill, Ike and the general store; the yellow rumble-seat car, ...

1102, 2022
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Parenting Styles – Which One is Best?

By |February 11th, 2022|

An examination of various parenting styles and reflection on our own modes of parenting, can be very beneficial in honing our parenting skills for the sake of our children as they grow and mature under our guidance and discipline. Two of the best parenting styles are ‘democratic’ and ‘authoritative’. The ...

702, 2022
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Homeschooling – the Challenges & the Benefits

By |February 7th, 2022|

Consider the benefits of homeschooling your children. The challenges are worth the effort to raise independent thinkers of solid faith and good character, with a firm foundation. I know a lot of people baulk at the prospect of homeschooling their kids. Visualising the idea is hampered by what looks like ...

502, 2022
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Father of the Bride

By |February 5th, 2022|

Seeing your child grow up and get married is bittersweet, but embrace the changing seasons as part of being a parent. Being the father of the bride is an honour, a momentous occasion, a fresh opportunity to love. The first Father of the Bride movie was shot in 1950. The ...

502, 2022
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What Guide Dog Training Taught Me About Raising Kids

By |February 5th, 2022|

Prioritising your spouse, especially in the little daily routines, teaches your children how to respect and honour their mother. My wife and I were fortunate enough to be volunteers for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organisation in our local state after all our kids had grown up and left ...

3101, 2022
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Men at Work… At Home

By |January 31st, 2022|

Is it possible to mix work and family life in the same space? Do the benefits outweigh the challenges? Prime Minister Gillard described the pressurised life of modern families as the single greatest challenge facing Australians. So what’s the solution? ‘Telecommuting’ or working from home has been put forward as ...

2801, 2022
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Be Who You Want Your Children to Be

By |January 28th, 2022|

The family is the school of love. Our children learn from us how to become well-functioning adults and potential future spouses and parents. We owe it to them and their progeny to provide a good example of how to live virtuously, paving the foundation for happiness and fulfilment. “Your children ...

2501, 2022
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Some People Think Your Family is Unfair!

By |January 25th, 2022|

Just because some people have the privilege of being raised in a happy, well-adjusted and prosperous family, doesn't mean we should make everyone equally miserable. It never ceases to amaze me the crazy ideas that some people come up with. You really have to ask whether some people actually stop ...

2401, 2022
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Keep Your Kids SunSmart All Year Round

By |January 24th, 2022|

To prevent sunburn now and skin cancer later in life, make sure your children abide by the easy steps to be SunSmart. Sandwich? Check. Water bottle? Check. A hat, sunscreen, sunglasses -- to help your kids stay SunSmart? They should definitely be instant ‘checks’ when packing the schoolbag daily! Here ...

2101, 2022
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The Joy of Children

By |January 21st, 2022|

Children bring immeasurable joy into our lives. Let us treasure the precious moments we have with them, being present as they explore and discover the world. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” These are the wise words ...

2101, 2022
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Preparing Our Kids for Life, Protects Them for Life

By |January 21st, 2022|

Parenthood is the art of making yourself obsolete. It involves ensuring as far as possible that your child has the self-discipline and character to make it through the ups and downs of life, far into the future. They learn from us the tools necessary for resilience and success. Every year, ...

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