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  • Marriage Prayer
2509, 2021

Say a Little Prayer for Marriage

By |September 25th, 2021|

In October a few years ago, the Australian bishops called the entire Catholic community to pray for marriage and family. The initiative was joined by around thirty other Christian churches making it the largest ever prayer campaign in the nation. It raises the question: does prayer really make a difference? ...

2309, 2021
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A Life of no Regrets

By |September 23rd, 2021|

Have you ever shared how ridiculous a particular situation is to a friend to find that they think it’s crazy too but their predicament is actually worse than yours and you really have nothing to complain about? That happened to me on the weekend. Lately, I’ve been having little reminders ...

1809, 2021
  • New Father

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 Jean and Tasman Westbury with the birth of their first baby, named Elijah Joseph-Antoine Westbury. You have never met ...

1709, 2021
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Making the Connection: Communication is Easy With These 3 Tips

By |September 17th, 2021|

We recently analysed the feedback from 400 participants in our online marriage preparation course. The results to the question, “On which of the following areas would you like more formation/education”, surprised us; the most requested item among eleven options was, ‘Improving Communication’. Communication and Relationships Why the surprise? Everybody knows ...

1509, 2021

Are You Unhappy? This Might Be the Problem

By |September 15th, 2021|

How is it that despite looking like we have the things we need, we are unhappy, frustrated, even angry? As the world looks to behavioural change programs to deal with tragedies like domestic violence, Guy argues that perhaps, for men who are at risk of ‘snapping’, an answer is more ...

1109, 2021
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You Have to Fight to Stay in Love

By |September 11th, 2021|

In the midst of the lockdown, we cannot go to the gym, so my wife and I walk every morning to keep fit. We both enjoy each other’s presence, so we hold hands when we walk. Fight to Stay in Love One morning recently a woman who walked past us ...

2508, 2021
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Is Work-Life Balance (still) Possible?

By |August 25th, 2021|

Oprah Winfrey said that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time. Was she right? Today we unpack work-life balance and ask if it is still possible. And if it is, then how? When the term work-life balance is raised, it usually stirs some sort of emotion ...

1408, 2021
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Tag Team Vs. Good Cop, Bad Cop Parenting

By |August 14th, 2021|

Avoid "good cop, bad cop" parenting as much as possible. In fact, ditch it altogether. A system that elevates mums over dads, or dads over mums, doesn’t work. Good cop, bad cop parenting’s long-term costs negate any short-term benefits. The system is a recipe for favouritism, resentment and parental neglect. ...

2407, 2021
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Manliness – What Women Want in a Man

By |July 24th, 2021|

“As iron sharpens iron so does the face of a man’s friend,” is a saying from the book of Proverbs. It really sums up the mysterious masculine healing power that is released when men gather together for a noble purpose. I have experienced this mysterious force in men’s gatherings at ...

1007, 2021
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Fight Like a Pro

By |July 10th, 2021|

My good friend Robert Day sent me a link. He said, “Check out Gavin Topps and his ‘Fight Like a Pro’ Program”. Rob is a Dads4Kids board member. He has worked with men all his life. He knows men. So, I just had to check it out for myself. Below ...

907, 2021
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Is Marriage Worth It?

By |July 9th, 2021|

We all get a bit of shock pretty early on in married life. For some, it is day 1: “This isn’t what I expected!” At some point, you will probably find yourself asking yourself the question: Is marriage worth it? Are you married?  How has it been going for you ...

2906, 2021
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Is Recovering from an Affair Possible?

By |June 29th, 2021|

What is worse than death of a partner in a relationship? For those who have been through it, finding your partner has cheated on you brings pain that can seem to be impossible to deal with. How will your relationship survive? How will you survive? What about the kids? In ...

2406, 2021
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Defeating a Porn Addiction

By |June 24th, 2021|

Pornography is holding more men and women in bondage than ever before. Despite the gloom, there are victories. Luke’s story is one. Will you be the next to be free from porn addiction? There was a time when pornography seemed like it was a part of growing up and gaining ...

2306, 2021
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7 Easy Ways To Make Your Wife (and your life) Fly!

By |June 23rd, 2021|

Arguably, the most intelligent thing any real man should be doing is caring for his wife. In this short post, Guy outlines 7 easy things you can do today to love your wife and improve your life. I’ve heard it said that a man’s wife is his glory.  Another version ...

2103, 2021

Man Scripts: How to Never Get in Trouble with Her Again

By |March 21st, 2021|

Elbert Hubbard said, “Do not take life too seriously, you will never get out of it alive.” Victor Borge said, “Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” Comedian and counsellor JP Sears put the above advice into practice in his brilliant YouTube video called “Man Scripts — How to ...

3101, 2021

Encouragement — The Gift Money Can’t Buy

By |January 31st, 2021|

Ian ‘Watto’ Watson said, “I have never seen a bloke go backwards with encouragement.” Ian Watson spoke at the very first Men’s Leadership Summit at Paluma Range, north of Townsville, in 2013. Sadly, Ian passed away in 2019. The good news is that he left a massive legacy of encouragement ...

1209, 2020

Marriage Week & the Secrets to a Good Marriage

By |September 12th, 2020|

“Love is a many-splendored thing” is the title of a popular song from the fifties. Many people would argue the sanity of that song and concur instead with Shakespeare who said, “Many a good hanging prevents a bad marriage”! Nobody would disagree with you if you said that our world ...

3008, 2020

Fighting for Your Wife

By |August 30th, 2020|

John Eldredge said in his bestselling book, Wild at Heart, “A hesitant man is the last thing in the world a woman needs. She needs a lover and a warrior.” I am sure that Chantelle, Mark Rapley’s wife, would agree with John’s prescient quote. This article in the Port Macquarie ...

808, 2020

The Grief of Fatherhood

By |August 8th, 2020|

When my beautiful and only daughter got married, I was reminded of the words of Enid Bagnold, “A father is always making his baby into a little woman, and when she is a woman he turns her back again.” At the time of my daughter’s marriage, I was sharing with ...

2806, 2020

Next Level

By |June 28th, 2020|

I have organised many events for dads over the years, but last Tuesday’s ‘Dads4Kids Family Webinar’ lifted the bar to the next level. I felt like I got hit by a freight train! I am still trying to process the challenge. Please watch the webinar below to understand what I ...

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