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2209, 2021
  • Decision Making

Decision Making Under Uncertainty for Real Men

By |September 22nd, 2021|

Life is getting more complex, and decision making under uncertainty is getting harder. As real men, how do we approach important decisions without being paralysed by worry over the outcome? That is the topic of this week’s podcast. My teens like the privileges that come with getting older. But one ...

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
  • Tech Time Online

Our Degree of Immersion Online Impacts Our Ability to be a Dad

By |September 17th, 2021|

How much tech time is too much tech time for a Dad? The general rule of thumb through which I measure this is by the degree of immersion. Some technology is a flat-out grind. It’s designed to draw in, keep and convert its prey.  https://youtu.be/UjOmX-1Tq0o   Tech is Designed this ...

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 ...

1409, 2021
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Watch True Fatherhood in Action

By |September 14th, 2021|

True fatherhood means the world to your kids, and, whether they know it or not, you have a massive influence on their lives. Dads, you're kind of a big deal! Dad the Superman! Recently, we celebrated my hubby’s birthday and discovered, all too late, that we’d run out of ‘grown ...

1109, 2021
  • Main Image Father's Day Gifts

Some of the Best Father’s Day Gifts Come with Cracks and Glue

By |September 11th, 2021|

I would love to say that my kids are finely tuned Father’s Day instruments honed to always make the perfect choice. Imagine them as well-trained, hawkish, retail warriors, who, with pinpoint accuracy hit their gift-for-dad target with the prowess of a sharp shooter. We don’t live in a perfect “man ...

409, 2021
  • Father's Day

Happy Father’s Day

By |September 4th, 2021|

Happy Father’s Day. Many are getting breakfast in bed, Father’s Day cards and lots of smoochie kisses from their children (as Bandit, the dad in Bluey, would say). Not only that, most dads will receive their yearly supply of socks and undies all on the one day. Even more exciting ...

2008, 2021

Time Margins End the Marginalisation of Men From Families

By |August 20th, 2021|

Margin is a term entrenched in the financial world. Margin trading. Stock margin. Profit margin -- the examples are vast. In situ, it means the sum total between a ‘product or service's selling price and the cost of production’. In practice, margin is a buffer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onxDxK_N6K8   In other words, margin ...

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. ...

3107, 2021
  • TV dads

The all-star TV dads who slam the sloppy stereotypes

By |July 31st, 2021|

Not all TV dads are the same. Take examples like Tim Allen’s sharp-witted Mike Baxter, and contrast him with Matt Groening’s, feckless Homer Simpson. Forget for a moment that we’re talking about cartoon vs. human. In any greatest-dad-of-all-time celebrity boxing match, we know Baxter would win. The outdoor man vs. ...

2307, 2021

Dad-life is a Verb

By |July 23rd, 2021|

Dad-life involves both being and doing. In a word, fatherhood is a vocation. The Latin equivalent is vocare -- “to call.” Dad-life is therefore a “calling.” It’s much more than just another job. https://youtu.be/Eor3779ECFI For sure, fatherhood is full-time work. We’re required to be on the scene until the ...

2007, 2021
  • fussy eaters

Healthy habits to win over fussy eaters

By |July 20th, 2021|

Around half of all toddlers are considered fussy eaters, screwing up their nose at salad and pitching butternut pumpkin from their high chairs. Establishing healthy eating patterns in children is important and can have a big impact on their everyday health, growth and cognitive development. So, how do we avoid ...

1607, 2021
  • fathers

Freedom From the Fear of Failing — New Fathers and Navy Seals

By |July 16th, 2021|

Editor's Note: This is a profoundly real and self-revelatory article for those fathers who are grappling with the deeper issues of fatherhood. Full congratulations to Rod Lampard for sharing his journey with us. This is a case of strong meat for strong men. ___ “You’re just like your father.” This ...

1007, 2021
  • Rite of Passage - men

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 ...

1007, 2021
  • time

3 Ways Time-Poor Dads Can Spend More Time with Their Kids

By |July 10th, 2021|

There is a truckload of parenting advice on how to fathers can make more time for their families. This is especially the case for new fathers and fathers-to-be. Dragging ourselves through chapter after chapter of self-help drudgery, only to be told how much we’re not doing, and how much more ...

1904, 2021
  • family of four

Dad and Pregnancy: Number 2 Makes Us Four

By |April 19th, 2021|

Editor's Note: It’s been nearly three months since we were here, but when we last updated the story of dad-life for our author, his wife had just been told that she was pregnant with number two. Life had just gotten down to some sort of order, and everything was about ...

1204, 2021
  • baby

Bringing Baby Home from Hospital

By |April 12th, 2021|

Alright then, just sign here and you can take him home. Home? Taking him home? And not just him, but my wonderful and rather tired and sore wife. There’s a lot involved in taking your baby home from hospital. You’ve got to have somewhere for them to sit in the ...

504, 2021
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Baby’s First Day of Life

By |April 5th, 2021|

What on earth do I do now? That’s the thought that went through my head. I held my newborn son in my arms, I looked down into his eyes, and in him I saw someone who would be completely reliant on my wife and me for his every need, someone ...

2903, 2021
  • new birth - baby

Pregnancy to Birth: How Not to Panic

By |March 29th, 2021|

Fatherhood; it’s the best of times, it’s the worst of times. Sorry Charles Dickens for stealing your thunder, but it’s true. Being a dad is one of the most wonderful things to ever happen to me, as well as one of the most terrifying. I’ve been a father for 11 ...

401, 2014

Conversations with a Two-Year-Old

By |January 4th, 2014|

Many years ago there was a TV show called ‘Kids Say the Darndest Things’ which was first hosted by Bill Cosby in 1995.This was based on a daily radio show by Art Linkletter, which was aired between 1945 and 1969. But, look out folks, in 2014 we can forget TV ...

2809, 2013

The Dad Dilemma

By |September 28th, 2013|

The Dad Dilemma is the title of an article in The Age about the challenges of child birth. Thea O’Connor, the writer, says, “Most Australian men are present and active at the birth of their children. But not everyone believes this is a good thing.” Having been present for the ...

2507, 2013

Every Baby is a Royal Baby

By |July 25th, 2013|

It has been a big week for royal babies. On Monday 22 July 2013, at 4.24pm Prince William and Princess Kate had a son, George Alexander Louis, whose destiny may well be the future King of England. Prince William, Princess Kate and their son George On Sunday 21 ...

2808, 2005
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Altruistic Love of a Father

By |August 28th, 2005|

It is nearly forty years ago since the first known father, an Australian, applied for legal custody of a baby girl and was subsequently granted legal custody of his baby daughter by the Supreme Court of New South Wales. Though this father was granted legal custody of his baby daughter ...

2106, 2004
  • young child

When They Are Very Young

By |June 21st, 2004|

I was 27 years old when, on my first day of teaching, I was presented with a class full of ten-year-old children. I remember thinking that I hadn’t seen or spoken to a ten-year-old since I was ten. I felt equally inadequate a few years later when I was handed ...

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