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What Guide Dog Training Taught Me About Raising Kids

Prioritising your spouse, especially in the little daily routines, teaches your children how to respect and honour their mother. My wife and I were fortunate enough to be volunteers for the Guide Dogs for the Blind organisation in our local state after all our kids had grown up and left school. Over a period of seven years, we had the pleasure (and to be honest at times the displeasure) of raising ...

By |2022-02-05T16:21:09+10:00February 5th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Listening is the Underdog of All Communication

The family dog has taught us a variety of life lessons, including how to communicate better as humans. Owning a pet has been a journey that has taken the better part of a decade. A year into owning a dog -- or rather being the caretaker of one -- I’m sold on the adage that dogs are “man’s best friend.” Fish were tried, but died. Cats? We’ve been there and done ...

By |2022-01-28T19:09:52+10:00January 28th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Five Strategies to Improve Your Marriage

Even if your marriage is going through difficulties, taking these small steps can work wonders in reigniting your love and smoothing out communication. A lot of people feel trapped in a dissatisfying or troubled marriage. They feel powerless to ‘fix’ it because their spouse refuses to join them in counselling or a marriage enrichment course. Yet in truth, there are lots of things a husband or wife can do on their ...

By |2022-01-28T19:11:23+10:00January 28th, 2022|FAITH, LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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The Surefire Way to Connect With Your Kids

This is a must-do for every dad. If this isn’t at the top of your list, once you have done it, it soon will be. Keep reading to find out. If you want to connect with your kids, I can think of no better way than to … write them a letter. I did this last weekend when I was at a dads' training conference, and my kids received their letters ...

By |2022-01-20T07:24:02+10:00January 19th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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Seven Habits of Effective Communicators

Almost everyone agrees that communication -- good communication -- is essential to successful relationships. But what constitutes ‘good’ communication? The answer to that all depends on our goals, which will be different for various relationships and dependent on the circumstances. If our goal is to give clear instructions to an employee, it will call for a different kind of communication to what we might use when encouraging a child struggling to ...

By |2022-01-14T18:50:23+10:00January 14th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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Five Ways to Help a Struggling Marriage

We’ve all been in that situation. A friend or relative confides in us that they are having some marriage trouble. We want to help but knowing what to do that is genuinely helpful is tricky. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Use your best listening skills: give your full attention, validate the thoughts, emotions and needs expressed: “What I hear you saying is…” While it’s important for your ...

By |2022-01-07T18:08:00+10:00January 7th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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Dads and Conflict Resolution

Extinguishing conflict requires good communication. Here are some basic pointers on how to mediate a family quarrel and restore peace to your home. Most of you reading this would know that conflict resolution is a staple in just about every workplace. I don’t think I would be met with a whole lot of disagreement by asserting that the same emphasis should also be applied in the home. Two people step up ...

By |2021-12-31T18:39:22+10:00December 31st, 2021|Children, Dads, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAITH, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Building Trust Through Clear Expectations

The key to building trust in relationships is for both people to make their expectations clear and then commit to meeting those expectations. When we look back on our early romance, we note how quick we were to trust each other, even recklessly so. We dived into the relationship with ready abandon and little thought for the risks of rejection or disappointment. Since then, our trust levels have strengthened in many ...

By |2021-10-29T09:19:54+10:00October 30th, 2021|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
  • Making the Connection

Making the Connection: Communication is Easy With These 3 Tips

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 that communication is foundational to happy relationships. The surprise is that most people we talk to believe that they are already ...

By |2021-09-17T16:59:23+10:00September 17th, 2021|Dads, FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Transform Your Life Through Listening

Do you find yourself finishing others' sentences, pigeonholing people, speaking over them, or multitasking when others are speaking to you? If so, then perhaps it is listening reset time… Would you call yourself a good listener?  Most people would answer positively to that question -- but when those who know you are asked that question, will their answer be as positive? From Zero To Listening Hero Real Talk 4 Real Men ...

By |2021-08-30T11:25:24+10:00August 30th, 2021|Dads, PODCASTS|0 Comments
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