Dads in Distress

  • weekend dad

An Every-Second-Weekend-Dad

Just took my little boy back after our access weekend. Feeling low! I guess it's just that same feeling every dad goes through when he drops his kids off after spending such little time with them. Some don't even get that. So I guess I am blessed. ‘An every-second- weekend-dad.’ I hate it and so does he. It just goes too quick. There's just this emptiness that pervades your inside. It ...

By |2021-09-01T12:23:08+10:00November 6th, 2005|Children, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • Andrew Renouf

In Loving Memory of Andrew T Renouf (Part 1)

Thank GOD we have DIDS in this country. 5 males a day, every day, suicide in this country. In Canada, it's 9 a day. We are establishing links to start DIDS over there. ~~~ Andrew T. Renouf committed suicide on or about October 17, 1995, because he had 100% of his wages taken by the Family Responsibility Office, an agency of the Government of Ontario, Canada. He asked for assistance for ...

By |2021-09-11T11:26:49+10:00October 16th, 2005|FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • God is with us

God is With Me

I was driving down the highway to work the other day, after just having a week’s holiday with my kids. I was grateful, especially when I hear from so many who don't have the opportunity of being with their children. I knew the workload would be enormous. I mean a week away from the computer alone means at least 400-500 emails will need to be answered -- that's after I've sifted ...

By |2021-09-01T13:08:00+10:00October 9th, 2005|FAITH, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • Father's Day without dad

Lonely Father’s Day

I have just returned from Sydney, where we have opened several DIDs groups over the past couple of weeks. It never ceases to amaze me, the guys I meet along the way. Absolutely awesome dads who, although they struggle on a daily basis to see their kids and hold down a job, they volunteer some personal time to help other guys who may be struggling as well. It's awesome to see, ...

By |2021-09-01T18:37:04+10:00September 4th, 2005|FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • mate-ship


I was speaking at a DIDS meeting in rural New South Wales last night and I was commending the group for becoming real lifesavers in reaching out to each other in support. I told them that this country was once renowned for its mateship, and sadly I believe we have lost that somehow. We have lost the knowledge of what being a mate is all about. It is my belief that ...

By |2021-09-06T14:40:31+10:00August 21st, 2005|FAITH, MENS HEALTH, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • law reform

Law Reform Lacks Representation

Below are just a few of the emails that I have been swamped with since sending out the notice of public hearings for Wednesday and Thursday, today. Many are from women. ALL are of disgust. Where is the representation from men's groups, you ask? Easy -- they obviously didn't want you there. DIDS received this notice today, and it was forwarded from a friend, not from the Attorney-General’s Department. The hearings ...

By |2021-09-11T11:14:50+10:00July 24th, 2005|Children, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • sad guy

Sometimes It Just Gets Too Much

Firstly, I would like to thank all of you who contact me; it's your support and kindness that keeps me going. I was out on the town one night this past week. One of our volunteers is a muso, and he and his band were playing a gig in a local hotel. It was a great night, mainly because of the fact that a whole lot of our other volunteers turned ...

By |2021-09-01T13:24:21+10:00July 10th, 2005|MENS HEALTH, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • attorney-general law reform

Delivering Dad Back to His Children

Wow, what a few weeks. Parkinson's Taskforce Release of suggested reforms, Four Corners, Fatherhood Forum 05, The Lonefathers Conference, the Attorney General's release of suggested reforms. Receiving a beautiful plaque from the Fatherhood Forum in Parliament House for our DIDs work.  My son telling me he is proud of me, my daughter sending me an email of how wonderful she thinks I am, doing the work I do. That she loves ...

By |2021-09-01T13:24:31+10:00July 3rd, 2005|Children, Dads, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • young man

Another Humble Lesson in Life

I was travelling through Queensland a few weeks ago opening new Dads in Distress groups, and was convening a meeting that was being held in the back of a new church that had been established in an industrial estate. It was a new meeting and so we didn't know what to expect, how many would turn up or what would happen. As I sat there at the back of this huge ...

By |2021-09-01T17:50:27+10:00June 12th, 2005|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • male suicide epidemic

Men’s Suicide – Tragedy of Our Nation

Today, the Sydney paper carried a story of a well-known identity, Rene Rivkin, who suicided weeks after splitting from his wife of 32 years. It was front-page news in most of the major papers. A local newspaper here carried a similar sad story of death. It was a well-known local radio announcer here. The newspaper here failed to say what had happened, only that the death was considered not suspicious. We, ...

By |2021-09-01T13:24:47+10:00May 8th, 2005|MENS HEALTH, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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