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Myths about Arguments

When it comes to marriage, relationships and arguments, there are a lot of myths out there. Here are five of the most common. Myth 1: Good Couples Don’t Argue The presence or absence of arguments is not a good indicator of the health of a marriage. Some couples who don’t argue are living detached, parallel lives. They’ve essentially checked out of the marriage and have given up caring. These couples are ...

By |2023-03-24T08:13:19+10:00March 22nd, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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Who Matters Most?

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?” His Dad yelled back in exasperation,  “I don’t care about the other kids.” I was struck by the irony of this ...

By |2023-03-04T10:37:27+10:00March 6th, 2023|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Delusions of Superior Communication

Here’s a question for you: How would you rate yourself as a driver -- below average, average, or above average? How about your IQ (intelligence)? And finally, how about as a tennis player? Research by psychologists tells us that most people overestimate their driving ability and intelligence compared to others, while they will be much more accurate about their tennis ability. One reason why is that we can easily obtain objective ...

By |2023-01-17T18:26:42+10:00January 18th, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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My Annual Dad Superpower Check-up

Visiting the dentist has all the appeal of cleaning my daughters’ long, clagged hair out of the shower drain. I visit annually because it is the right thing to do. Each visit follows a predictable pattern. I arrive early at the clinic. I eagerly anticipate being able to read a National Geographic (I have allergies to sitting still doing nothing and like learning things) and ultimately am disappointed by the tattered ...

By |2023-01-17T12:11:34+10:00January 17th, 2023|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Words Can Build Relationships or Destroy Them

The words and gestures you use have the power to either lift people up or bring them down. Choose wisely, especially in your daily interactions with your family. Yesterday I went to get my watch battery replaced at the local shopping centre's Mr Repairman Service and received a surprise. The man who served me did a great job. He had 18 years' experience. You could tell he really knew his job. ...

By |2023-01-06T16:53:11+10:00January 6th, 2023|Dads, FAMILIES|2 Comments
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How to Fight Fair

‘Shhhh… not in front of the kids!’ We’ve all been there: In the car with a captive audience… or at the dinner table. An argument erupts and the question is: do you save it for later? Or just let it all out in front of the kids? Studies conducted at the University of Rochester, NY, found that it’s okay for your kids to see you argue, as long you work it ...

By |2022-11-24T11:43:30+10:00November 28th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Dad – Hero-to-Villain & the Challenge of Communication

It is 6 degrees in Hobart, Tasmania and about 8 degrees off being properly cold. There is no snow. The wind is on leave. It is dark though. The rich indigo of the night and the stillness makes it a near-perfect evening to gaze on Articulated Intersect, the incredible light show that makes it the most public of the various installations around Hobart, that make up the winter festival. There are ...

By |2022-10-22T09:25:23+10:00October 21st, 2022|Dads, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Changing Families – The Place of Agreement is the Place of Power

As a parent, you have to be able to lead family discussions with a listening ear, respecting each family member's point of view. From the diversity of opinions, in love you can forge a united course of action. Sincere agreement is vital for harmony and effectiveness. Many years ago, Dads4Kids convened Australia’s first-ever Fathering Forum in Federal Parliament in Canberra. Almost 30 different groups were represented. The one thing each group ...

By |2022-10-14T18:27:20+10:00October 15th, 2022|Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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How Was Your Day?

I know that I gravitate to the happy, good things that each day of adventure delivers. Still, there are those occasional times when I struggle as great joy butts squarely up against sadness. I can have tears leak out while wearing a delighted smile. The simultaneous happy-sad thing doesn’t happen too often. Typically, it comes of wondering where my children are right now, wanting a moment to walk a bit with ...

By |2022-10-07T20:29:43+10:00October 7th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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How Dads Can Solve Problems for Their Family

Mistakes dads often make when problem-solving tend to fall into three categories: Cavalier disinterest; Rage quitting; or Jumping the gun. Problem-solving is a chance to weld together a relationship built on trust, love, and reliability. Anything less than a total commitment to finding a resolution is a wasted opportunity. It’s the Homer Simpson of all stuff-ups. The That 70’s Show “dumb ass” answer from Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith) to everything. ...

By |2022-09-21T08:06:12+10:00September 21st, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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