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I’m a Contradiction – Thoughts on Being a Mother and a Plumber

There was a time where I was anti-women getting into trades. I was an end-of-third year apprentice, had just finished my Diploma in Fashion Styling and I was about to complete my last block of TAFE for my plumbing apprenticeship. I was over plumbing. Over male tradies. Over male apprentices. I was over having to prove myself when I worked. I was over TAFE teachers who read from the Standards, rather ...

By |2021-08-25T18:57:23+10:00August 26th, 2021|FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Is Work-Life Balance (still) Possible?

Oprah Winfrey said that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time. Was she right? Today we unpack work-life balance and ask if it is still possible. And if it is, then how? When the term work-life balance is raised, it usually stirs some sort of emotion in you. There are a few who don’t desire ‘work-life balance’, but on the whole, most men I speak to have ...

By |2021-08-23T10:47:13+10:00August 25th, 2021|Dads, FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MANHOOD, MENS HEALTH|0 Comments

Time Margins End the Marginalisation of Men From Families

Margin is a term entrenched in the financial world. Margin trading. Stock margin. Profit margin -- the examples are vast. In situ, it means the sum total between a ‘product or service's selling price and the cost of production’. In practice, margin is a buffer. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onxDxK_N6K8   In other words, margin is whatever fills the gap between success and ruin. Margin is what’s left over after both variable and invariable costs have ...

By |2021-08-20T11:06:47+10:00August 20th, 2021|Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, MENS HEALTH, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Are You About to Burn Out?

How close are you to burning out? Could you recognise the signs? What will the consequences be if you did burn out? In episode 44 of Real Talk 4 Real Men, Guy and Chris unpack how you can guard against burnout. As I sat on the last train of the night home from another exhausting and stressful day at the office, my brain continued to race as I reflected on the ...

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Are you living in the temporary?

Are you living in the now, or in the glory days of your memory? With life moving ever faster, the cost is high if we fail to keep up. This is a challenging podcast (#47 Real Talk for Real Men). There was a time when you could build your life around a single career, even a single employer. Work hard and you had a job for life and a secure retirement.  ...

By |2021-08-02T16:18:08+10:00August 4th, 2021|Dads, MANHOOD, PODCASTS|0 Comments
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Fathers — Fun to Be With

It’s always fascinating reading about what other people have accomplished in life. Sam Walton, the founder of Walmart, was the richest man in America when he died in 1992 at the age of 74. He started Walmart in 1962, so in forty years he had revolutionised retailing in America, received the Medal of Freedom and built the foundation of the soon-to-be-named biggest company in the world. Whatever you think of Walmart ...

By |2021-07-17T14:07:26+10:00July 17th, 2021|Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS|0 Comments
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The Challenge of Failure

Thanks so much for all the wonderful help with the End of Financial Year ‘Help the Children’ Appeal. Your giving will help Dads4Kids to keep going. The good news is, we are just over halfway to our target. I am sure we will get there in the end, but it just might take a bit more time. If you would still like to support the Dads4Kids Help Children Appeal, please DONATE ...

By |2021-07-03T10:49:47+10:00July 3rd, 2021|Dads, FAITH, MANHOOD, MENS HEALTH, SINGLE DADS, TRAINING|0 Comments
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Dads Who Dare Win

Ian Grant, the author of Fathers Who Dare Win, is a world-recognised speaker and founder of New Zealand’s Parents Inc. He is and has been a ground-breaking pioneer in the International Men’s movement To give you further food for thought, I have reprinted below Ian Grant’s hard-hitting article called “Let’s Give Fatherhood a Better Name.” Like coming out of a painful nightmare, suddenly our society has woken up to how important ...

By |2021-05-05T02:06:59+10:00April 17th, 2021|Children, Dads|0 Comments

Work Day with Dad

I once went to a men’s breakfast where Paul Bartlett, then a father of young children, was speaking about the importance of fathers in the lives of their children. He told the story of how, once a month, his dad, who was in a high-pressure management job, used to take him to the Saturday markets at Campbelltown, west of Sydney. Paul used to look forward to this time with his father, ...

By |2021-05-14T13:12:36+10:00September 19th, 2020|Children, Dads, RITES OF PASSAGE|1 Comment

Grace-Based Parenting For Dads

The single hardest thing for any Dad is trying to get the balance right between love and discipline for his children. I often use the expression ‘grace and truth’. Grace is really another name for love. The challenge becomes more difficult the more children you have, and I think especially the more boys you have. Boys seem to find your limit and then take you past it. Boys, for wont of ...

By |2019-09-22T21:09:26+10:00September 22nd, 2019|Children, Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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