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106, 2023

U.S. Advisory Admits Link Between Teen Suicide and Social Media

By |June 1st, 2023|

Vivek Murthy’s latest advisory is spotlighting the link between social media and teen suicide. Murthy, a Democrat, and the current United States Surgeon General said, “For too many children, social media use is compromising their sleep and valuable in-person time with family and friends.” “We are in the middle of ...

1505, 2023
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Why You Need a Parenting Coach

By |May 15th, 2023|

If you want to be good at something, it’s best to get a coach. The best sportspeople, businesspeople, and musicians in the world usually have coaches, teachers, or guides. They know that to be the best they can be, they need someone to help analyse what they’re doing, find space ...

1405, 2023
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Spiritual Mothers

By |May 14th, 2023|

It’s no mistake that the modern celebration of Mothers’ Day occurs in May – the month of Mary. She is a model of motherhood from whom all – men and women alike – take inspiration. We’ve often joked that it takes mere seconds to conceive a child but years of ...

1105, 2023
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Empowering Young Women to Embrace Their Maternal Instincts

By |May 11th, 2023|

Edited extract from her latest book expected to be published in late 2023. During a brief one-hour interstate flight I sat beside a young man (whom I shall call Ben) in his late twenties. He was married with a seven-month-old son. He’d recently started his own business in construction but ...

805, 2023
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The Gift of Pain – Beyond Channel 9’s 60 Minutes Story

By |May 8th, 2023|

Imagine a life without pain. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? I just finished watching a story on 60 Minutes called ‘Pain-Free’. Far from being a utopic experience, it played out more like a horror story. Witnessing the journey of two little girls through a life without pain ...

505, 2023
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Mother’s Day Memories

By |May 5th, 2023|

By Alison Marsh. It was a near miss but all part of the holiday fun. Walking the bush track near our home on ANZAC Day the other week, we passed many families. Maybe it was because it was a public holiday, or because it was such a beautiful autumn day, ...

405, 2023
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Make Mother’s Day a Military Operation

By |May 4th, 2023|

Making the most of Mother’s Day is as simple as bringing your A-game, and plenty of back-up. Carrying out a successful Mother’s Day Op. is about coordination, planning, and having the right headspace. Although a cache of cliché gifts suits the nature of the op, they don’t guarantee operational success. ...

305, 2023
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Choosing to Love

By |May 3rd, 2023|

If there is one thing that makes motherhood so worth celebrating, it’s a mother’s capacity for love for her children. Whether it’s her willingness to give over her body to nourish a newborn, her patience with the endless ‘but why’ questions of a toddler, or the testing rebellion of a ...

205, 2023
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Happy Mother’s Day

By |May 2nd, 2023|

I send out a warm Mother’s Day wish for my mum to be blessed with genuine pride in having raised three awesome men. I admire the example of care she set in her nursing work, especially with the elderly. I saw Mum argue the case for patients to be treated ...

2104, 2023
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Putting Children First

By |April 21st, 2023|

Them Before Us is the name of a breakthrough book about the need for a global children’s rights movement written by Katy Faust and Stacy Manning. The team at Dads4Kids had the joy of helping organise Australia’s first Voice 4 Kids Summit in 2015. Katy Faust was the keynote speaker. This ...

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 ...

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?” ...

1303, 2023
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Can I Ask You a Question?

By |March 13th, 2023|

No wonder I’m so tired! A UK study found that the average child asks around 300 questions a day. How on earth did our parents ever get by before Google? What made me smile was that the research revealed kids were more likely to ask their mother questions because their ...

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?” ...

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 ...

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 ...

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… ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

2612, 2022
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Good Words

By |December 26th, 2022|

It happened in the shoe section at Big W. Casually browsing through the sandals, Tyson kneeling at my feet. He dropped a heel, paused and said: ‘b@&&er.’ Mortified. Where on earth did he learn…? Oh. Confession time: Amongst my many and varied flaws is a weakness for the odd expletive. ...

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 ...


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