• music

How Music Increases the IQ of Our Children and the Joy It Brings

Ludwig van Beethoven said, “Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents.” Ronnie James Dio, a former member of Black Sabbath, said, “Music, rock & roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation must have its own music. I had my own in my generation, you have yours, everyone I know has their own ...

By |2023-03-02T20:15:07+10:00March 3rd, 2023|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, NEWS, RESEARCH & SCIENCE|0 Comments
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Backyard Dads

“Inaugurated in 1957, the Australian Father of the Year has been awarded annually to high-profile, famous fathers, from prime ministers and politicians to sportsmen, business leaders, entertainers and musicians acknowledging the support, guidance and love they show to Australian children.” So says Wikipedia. I am not famous or high-profile. The smear-the-opponent style of politics means that I will never go there, and my dad jokes hardly rate as entertainment. A long ...

By |2023-03-01T12:13:36+10:00February 28th, 2023|Dads, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
  • day

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
  • honesty

The Unsurprise

‘Shhhhh,’ I whispered. ‘Don’t spoil the surprise.’ ‘Okay.’ He whispered back, conspiratorially, as we tucked hubby’s Father’s Day present away in the storage room. ‘Remember, it’s our secret, okay? Don’t spoil the surprise.’ I continued, shutting the door. Only to hear his excited footsteps on the stairs before I’d even had time to turn around! Letting Loose ‘Don’t spoil the surprise, Daddy!’ he called out, running as fast as his little ...

By |2022-08-30T09:25:18+10:00August 30th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
  • post-natal depression

Making It Through Postnatal Depression

Aussie mum Fiona lives in Switzerland with her hubby and beautiful 15-month-old girl. This Q&A reveals her struggle with postnatal depression and what helped her get through it: What do you love most about being a mum? Being my own boss -- no rules to follow except my own Cuddles Dressing my child in adorable outfits What do you find most difficult? I find childcare and housework incredibly boring. This used ...

By |2022-04-26T08:59:11+10:00April 26th, 2022|Babies, FAITH, MOTHERS|0 Comments
  • joy

The Joy of Children

Children bring immeasurable joy into our lives. Let us treasure the precious moments we have with them, being present as they explore and discover the world. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” These are the wise words of a home-schooling mum, Angela Schwindt. Quick Wit Currently, I have the joy of living with three of my grandchildren. One ...

By |2022-01-21T20:09:36+10:00January 21st, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS|0 Comments
  • having fun - join your kids

Choosing to Join In When Your Kids Have Fun

Having fun with your kids sometimes means choosing to join them in their silly activities. The other day my girls emptied shredded paper all over the floor to play with it -- so I joined them! On Friday afternoon, I had Phoebe asleep in the swing while Esther and Magdalene were watching a program on TV. I thought it was the perfect time to shred a big pile of paperwork that ...

By |2021-12-15T09:23:12+10:00December 2nd, 2021|Children, FAMILIES, HUMOUR, MOTHERS|1 Comment
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