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604, 2023
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How to Respond to New Dad Disorientation

By |April 6th, 2023|

New dad disorientation tends to affect most men faced with the daunting task of finding their fatherhood feet. Thrust into the dad-life, first-time fathers, like their newborns, have a period of adjusting to new routines, and a new identity. The technical term is ‘post-partum disorientation’. Although similar, PPD is not ...

404, 2023
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Parenting Balancing Act

By |April 4th, 2023|

I am amused by the serious instruction of friends, “Do what you love and what feels right for you.” Their career counselling advice amuses me because they haven’t regarded that what I love and what feels right can sometimes yell wildly at each other in conflict. In the red corner, ...

304, 2023
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The Time Factor – What it Means to Your Kids

By |April 3rd, 2023|

The more I pull back from my kids time-wise, the more they pull back from me, physically, mentally and emotionally. I am a firm believer that if you care about someone then you would not let anything stand in the way of spending time with them. – unknown I remember ...

3103, 2023
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Bruce Robinson: Three Keys to Being a Great Dad

By |March 31st, 2023|

“I wish I had been a better Dad and spent more time with my kids.” These were the words that many men spoke, often with tears, when Dr Bruce Robinson told them they didn’t have long to live. Dr Bruce Robinson is a respiratory specialist. When people have a lung ...

2903, 2023
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A Dad Who Teaches Kids to Survive School Shootings

By |March 29th, 2023|

Protecting children is a parent’s prerogative. While the cold reality is parents cannot protect kids from getting hurt by the world. Parents can, and should, prepare their kids for the world. Even though I’ve learned a lot from the school of hard knocks, I would have learned more had my ...

2803, 2023
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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 ...

2703, 2023
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Managing Social Media – Parents’ Number One Challenge

By |March 27th, 2023|

Sexting, pornography, paedophiles and bullying. Too often I find these issues impact teenagers way before parents are even aware of them. That’s why I like to see parents educated and proactive when it comes to keeping their kids safe online. My first key point is this – When it comes ...

2403, 2023
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Dads Asking Questions

By |March 24th, 2023|

Some time ago I was busy working in my own office when I heard my wife talking in the next office to a stranger. Being the inquisitive type, I opened my door to shake hands with Bill, who was inspecting the services in our office on behalf of the landlord. ...

2303, 2023
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Kirk Cameron on Fatherhood, Adoption & Leading by Example

By |March 23rd, 2023|

For Hollywood dad, Kirk Cameron, modelling manhood is dad-life proper. Get past the Americana exterior, and the former atheist’s down-to-earth grasp of back-to-basics parenting has gravitas. Known for his role as Mike Seaver in the seven-season sitcom, Growing Pains, Cameron is also a father of six. Four of whom he ...

2103, 2023
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The Emotions of Parenting

By |March 21st, 2023|

I am Joy. I am the happy-go-lucky character that sets out to stir my children into happiness when Sadness mopes forlornly into their day. I parent to have my daughters be afflicted with my happy contagion. That was before the Joy character of the Inside Out movie set me to ...

2003, 2023
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Who Matters Most?

By |March 20th, 2023|

My kids and I were watching a Disney movie recently. In the movie, a dad, who was coaching his child’s sport team, yelled at his son. After the coaching session, the boy asked his Dad, “Why did you yell at me but you didn’t yell at all the other kids?” ...

1703, 2023
  • Snakes

Snake Stories for Young and Old

By |March 17th, 2023|

Recently I caught a Diamond Python on my daily prayer walk in the rainforest at Mt Kembla, near where I live in Wollongong, Australia. Someone asked me, “Why did you catch it?” That is a good question. If the truth is to be known, I cannot help myself. I love ...

1603, 2023
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Dad Puts Himself Between Danger and His Daughter

By |March 16th, 2023|

A South Australian dad has put himself between danger and his daughter, after the curious toddler encountered a deadly Eastern Brown Snake. Noticing she’d become distracted by something in the hallway, Jake Coombe used his body to shield her. The father who lives with his family on an acreage told ...

1403, 2023
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How Present Am I?

By |March 14th, 2023|

Sometimes on the other side of a wonderful parenting weekend, there is a sense that single parenting is a clock-on-clock-off thing. A full parenting weekend involves the tumble and fun and out of sorts and homework and silliness and around-the-house helping out. Then, it goes quiet when I mentally punch ...

1003, 2023
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Men and Miscarriage – The Process of Grief and Healing

By |March 10th, 2023|

“Something's wrong,” my wife said. “What’s the matter?” I asked nonchalantly. “I think I am having a miscarriage,” my wife replied, with a touch of panic in her voice. Trying to sound like I was in control, I said, “We had better get you to the hospital.” Together we whisked ...

903, 2023
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15 of the Best Daggy Dad Films Ever Made

By |March 9th, 2023|

Daggy-dad films are somewhat of a rare breed. This is despite the sub-genre’s classics being among some of the most rewatchable films ever made. A popular pejorative, the word ‘dag’ is uniquely Australian, meaning untidy, dishevelled, and eccentric. Expanding on this, Urban Dictionary describes a ‘dag’ as someone who has ...

603, 2023
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Who Matters Most?

By |March 6th, 2023|

My kids and I were watching a Disney movie recently. In the movie, a dad who was coaching his child’s sports team yelled at his son. After the coaching session, the boy asked his Dad, “Why did you yell at me, but you didn’t yell at all the other kids?” ...

303, 2023
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How Music Increases the IQ of Our Children and the Joy It Brings

By |March 3rd, 2023|

Ludwig van Beethoven said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” Ronnie James Dio, a former member of Black Sabbath, said, “Music, rock & roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation ...

203, 2023
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Meet the Detroit Dads Who Balance Dad-Life with Pub Rock

By |March 2nd, 2023|

A group of dads from Detroit have formed a next-level dad band that doesn’t suck. Oakland Press -- the only media so far to cover the band’s unique context and history -- recounted the dad rockers' rise. Self-described as New Americana, the six-piece ensemble called Midnight Proof formed out of ...

2802, 2023
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Backyard Dads

By |February 28th, 2023|

“Inaugurated in 1957, the Australian Father of the Year has been awarded annually to high-profile, famous fathers, from prime ministers and politicians to sportsmen, business leaders, entertainers and musicians acknowledging the support, guidance and love they show to Australian children.” So says Wikipedia. I am not famous or high-profile. The ...

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 ...

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 ...

1602, 2023
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The Art of Fatherhood

By |February 16th, 2023|

A thousand words are said to be sparked by a single image. While smartphones, Insta-perfect apps, and polished pics have superseded canvas, brush strokes, oil, and acrylic, there’s still a lot of love for the latter. Millions are paid out every year just for a chance to own a framed ...

1002, 2023
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The Power of Friendship

By |February 10th, 2023|

“No man is useless while he has a friend,” are the wise words of Robert Louis Stevenson. The poet John Donne said it this way, “No man is an island.” The bottom line is MEN -- we need each other. Better still, we need friends for both the short term ...

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