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2409, 2022

Homemade Honesty

By |September 24th, 2022|

I recently let myself be cajoled into letting my children make up ground on their lack of Saturday morning TV. While I am not allergic to television, I do have some sensitivity to the ‘entertainment’ that plays for laughs from overworked stereotypes. Telly dad is too often the bumbling weekend ...

1609, 2022
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Mountain Adventure with Dad

By |September 16th, 2022|

Taking the time to bring our children on a challenging adventure in the midst of majestic nature can build their self-confidence while strengthening family bonds. Adventure is key to personal and community growth. Mt Wellington is my playground. The mix of seasons might be regarded as its personality. Sometimes it ...

1009, 2022
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Urgent Call for Review of Domestic Violence Services

By |September 10th, 2022|

Australian Bureau of Statistics reveals men and women equally likely to experience emotional abuse. One in Three Campaign “Wednesday’s new ABS report revealed that, in the 12 months prior to the 2016 Personal Safety Survey, women and men were just as likely to report experiencing emotional abuse by a partner ...

2608, 2022
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The Innocent Victims of ‘No-Fault’ Divorce

By |August 26th, 2022|

The “no-fault” divorce revolution that spread across the Western world was led in the 1970s by members of the cultural, academic, legal and political elites, in particular by radical feminists who made the case for easy divorce as a means of women’s liberation. By declaring marriage to be an oppressive ...

2008, 2022
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The Challenge of Finding Joy

By |August 20th, 2022|

When I was a few years younger, I would ride my push bike to work regardless of the weather. I did a full season of bitterly cold Hobart’s darkest winter mornings that gave me the full spread -- thumping rain, a dusting of snow and dodging tree parts from a ...

1208, 2022
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Children Need Father Figures – Stepfathers Have to Step Up

By |August 12th, 2022|

We have all no doubt heard the statistics regarding separation and divorce in this country -- something like 30% of marriages end in divorce, and a huge number of Australian children are forced to cope with life after marital breakdown. The typical divorce scenario in Australia today is that mum ...

3007, 2022
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Trying to Get It Right

By |July 30th, 2022|

My life as a dad is whatever you get when you tumble excitement and pride and joy and sweet-sadness and wholeheartedness together. The heady mix of emotion had me blurt out an “I love you” to my girls on their mum’s voicemail and spontaneously add: “I am just so proud ...

2207, 2022
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A Single Dad’s Greatest Fear

By |July 22nd, 2022|

Apparently, fear is a great motivator. To change a behaviour, people will try to move away from or avoid a fear. People will also change their behaviour when motivated by moving toward an incentive; however, it is fear that is running with me. I have ticked off some crazy mountain ...

507, 2022
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I Can Cook: How a Flat Plate Toaster Saved My Life

By |July 5th, 2022|

Last Christmas, two hearty friends of mine surprised me with a present. It was a drinks coaster with a 1950s-style image of an apron-wearing woman holding a toaster with the caption, “If it fits in a toaster, I can cook it!” On its own, it would give most good folks ...

107, 2022
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Luke Batty’s Murder — The Unanswered Questions

By |July 1st, 2022|

How can a man kill his own beloved son? The murder of Luke Batty by his divorced father remains a haunting horror to this day. Yet, Luke's mother Rosie recognised her ex-husband's genuine affection for his son in happier times. On 12 February 2014, Luke Batty was killed by his ...

2506, 2022
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Are You a Dad or a Father?

By |June 25th, 2022|

Thoughts have been running through my head about what makes a dad and what makes a father. It isn’t enough for me to sit still on such immense questions. I have even steered some of my dad-mates into the banter with a genuine desire to land a correct answer. "Dad" ...

2306, 2022
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‘Fatherhood’: Touching, Hilarious Film About a Single Dad

By |June 23rd, 2022|

Recently on a flight -- my first flight with my baby son -- I was able to catch the 2021 comedy-drama Fatherhood, starring the irrepressible Kevin Hart of Jumanji fame. The film centres on single dad Matt Logelin, left alone with his baby daughter Maddy after Matt’s wife Liz unexpectedly ...

1706, 2022
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Single Dad to Super Dad

By |June 17th, 2022|

I have an affinity with single parents, especially since becoming one myself. My circumstances have created openings to meet some dads whose whole being is put into being a dad. Of course, there are a few dads who ought to lift their game; however, I tend only to mention the ...

1106, 2022
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Single Dad Supporting His Children to Succeed at School

By |June 11th, 2022|

A week or so back, I received a parenting tips email. The author proposed that I start the school year by getting in touch with my children’s teacher. He said I ought to get to know their teaching style, educational strategies, and understand what is expected of my children this ...

306, 2022
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One Dad, Two Daughters: How I Love Them

By |June 3rd, 2022|

I was asked to share some of my experiences of being a dad. The only reason that I am doing so is that I was the first to say “yes” to the invitation. Your story is as unique as mine. Your tales of being a dad are equally special. Your ...

2705, 2022
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In Defence of the Father Parent

By |May 27th, 2022|

After a divorce, both the mother and the father become single parents. The default assumption in society is that the mother takes on the bulk of the parenting, but our children deserve both parents in their lives as far as possible. Sitting at my desk on Monday morning, I open ...

3004, 2022
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Successful Fathers Ask Good Questions

By |April 30th, 2022|

Putting aside your ego and having the humility to seek advice or help, or learn more from others, is essential in maturing as a father and helping your family as a whole. Chris Gardner credits the power of being teachable for raising him and his son out of homelessness. The ...

1203, 2022
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Australian Brotherhood of Fathers Portrait Project

By |March 12th, 2022|

Editor’s Note: We had a chat with Leith Erickson, founder of the Australian Brotherhood of Fathers, this week and offered to help bring awareness to some of their exciting projects, to support the cause of single fathers. Please find below a thrilling project we believe worthy of your consideration. ___ ...

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 ...

1802, 2022
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One Christmas Eve

By |February 18th, 2022|

One lonely Christmas Eve, a friendly voice saves a single dad from dark thoughts, and he lives another day for his children. All Alone The hook in the ceiling should do the job, I decide, but will it hold my weight? Its only use is to carry pot plants. It ...

1102, 2022
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Single Dad’s Telephone to God

By |February 11th, 2022|

A single dad shares his daily prayer, lifting up his heart to God in the morning as the dawn breaks and another day beckons. Faith sustains him through his struggles and magnifies his joys. I thank God every morning for the blessing of another day. I do not take them ...

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 ...

101, 2022
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Noelle: A Christmas Movie about the Gift of Fathers

By |January 1st, 2022|

Noelle (2019) is mainly a movie about a daughter of Santa Claus discovering that she has inherited her father’s talents for the vocation of gift-giving to children across the world. However, it also highlights the importance of fathers, in both intact and separated families. https://youtu.be/r_CVoSD5Mb4   Santa’s daughter Noelle (Anna ...

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