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Mountain Adventure with Dad

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 takes an effort to make ground -- its tearing broodiness very apparent in the angry, chilling wind and murky shadows cast ...

By |2022-09-16T12:32:58+10:00September 16th, 2022|Children, Dads, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Top 5 Things I’ve Learnt Since Becoming a Mum

Being a mum can be a challenging role, but we parents have been entrusted with the vital task of raising the next generation, and it is totally worth it. Here are 5 life lessons about parenting and family life. 1. Tomorrow is a New Day! Cue little red-haired, ringlet-topped Annie singing, “The sun’ll come out tomorrow… so ya gotta hang on tïll tomorrow… I love ya Tomorrow! You’re always a day ...

By |2022-06-27T08:29:28+10:00June 28th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Are You a Dad or a Father?

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" or "Father"? To me, there is a heartfelt warmth to being a dad. Father sounds more formal, somewhat elusive and too-busy-for-play ...

By |2022-06-25T03:32:40+10:00June 25th, 2022|Children, Dads, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • intentional relationships

Intentional Relationship

No matter how easy it is to fall in love, staying in love requires attention and effort. Most people drift into love, marriage and family without a whole lot of conscious planning about the kind of relationship they want to have five, ten or twenty years down the track. Whether you are married, engaged or dating, it is never too late to be more intentional in your relationship. Being proactive in ...

By |2022-06-25T03:01:08+10:00June 25th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
  • little things

The Little Things in Marriage

In marriage, the little things are really the big things. In business, it is well recognised that getting the ‘big things right’ is important, but it is often the so-called ‘little things’ that make the difference between good and great companies. We were reminded of this the other day when reading about a US company that specialises in disaster restoration. It jumps into action following a flood, tornado, or after fire ...

By |2022-06-11T14:17:06+10:00June 11th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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Field Trips: The Benefits for Dads and their Kids

Field trips bring lasting benefits for fathers and their children, providing life lessons and character-building opportunities. If like me, you were a kid in the 1980s, chances are you remember watching The Waltons. The two-story white house, Mary-Ellen, John-Boy, the sawmill, Ike and the general store; the yellow rumble-seat car, the ‘recipe,’ the Baldwin ladies, and John Walton Snr calling out “Good night, everybody” at the close of every episode. There ...

  • quantity-time

From Valentine to Valen-TIME

Quality time together is ideal to keep the spark alive in a marriage, but it needs to be bolstered by "quantity-time", making the effort to do routine things together, being comfortable in each other's company and sharing everyday moments. With Valentine’s Day approaching, couples everywhere are looking for ways to mark the day with romance. From lovestruck dating couples to couples stressed out with kids, every one of us struggles to ...

By |2022-02-11T22:56:12+10:00February 11th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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Respect & Cherishment: How Men & Women Receive Love

What’s the Difference Between Respect and Cherishment? While everyone experiences love uniquely, some clear gender patterns have emerged through relationship research. In one study, when given the option between the negative choices of being ‘alone and unloved in all the world’ or ‘inadequate and disrespected by everyone’, 74% of men preferred being alone and unloved, compared to only a minority of women.* Further enquiry suggests that this gender pattern is relevant ...

By |2021-10-09T05:35:35+10:00October 9th, 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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