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Missing My Dad

Sometimes I find myself wondering what it would be like if he were here now. I’d like to make a place for him at our table for Christmas lunch, like I do for Mum and other family and friends. I’d like to serve him and make up the spare room in our home. I’d like him to see what I’ve become. I was a skinny, pimply, constantly awkward teenager when he ...

By |2021-08-02T17:00:31+10:00August 5th, 2021|Dads, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS, MOTHERS, SINGLE DADS|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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How Dads In Distress Began

The DIDs story, Part 1. My name is Tony Miller, and I am the founder and national coordinator of a group called Dads in Distress, a dedicated support group of men whose immediate concern is to stem the present trend of male suicide due to the trauma of divorce or separation. Current statistics indicate that 5.3 males per day or 37 males per week (ABS Information Paper, Suicides 2001) will take ...

By |2021-09-01T18:35:11+10:00May 10th, 2021|MENS HEALTH, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Waiting at the Gate

Anzac Day -- what do I think about that? Well, firstly I’m grateful, grateful to soldiers who laid down their lives for me so that today I live in peace because of their selflessness, their courage, their daring. So I am grateful, and I spend the weekend carrying thoughts of those men in my heart. I wonder how many were fathers; I wonder how many families had to survive without a ...

By |2021-09-06T14:29:51+10:00April 25th, 2021|Children, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments

Your Best Year Yet

Dads4Kids often gets heartbreaking calls from single dads who have been shut out of their children’s lives in the process of family breakup. We have advocated at a parliamentary level for a fair go for single dads who can’t see their kids. Sadly, the changes to the system have been wound back. The legal bias and the complex problems single fathers face as a result are beyond human understanding. Sadly, we ...

By |2021-05-08T14:35:17+10:00January 1st, 2021|Children, Dads, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments

Raising Fathers

Robert Falzon, a good friend of mine in the men’s movement, asked me to contribute a chapter to his new book called Raising Fathers: Fathering from the Frontline -- 12 Men’s Stories. Here is an excerpt from my contribution. It was a fine weather Sunday in this small resort town. The café was full of people having their lunch. No one seemed to recall seeing the young man with blonde hair ...

The Grief of Fatherhood

When my beautiful and only daughter got married, I was reminded of the words of Enid Bagnold, “A father is always making his baby into a little woman, and when she is a woman he turns her back again.” At the time of my daughter’s marriage, I was sharing with a friend, another father who has two married daughters, my sadness and my joy about my baby’s impending marriage. His words ...

By |2021-05-14T13:18:57+10:00August 8th, 2020|Dads, LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments

Leaving a Legacy of Love for Your Children They Will Never Forget

Many years ago, I was awoken by the incessant ringing of my wife’s mobile phone. It was 12.30 am, so we knew something was wrong. The message was frightening. Steve Stylianou, a good friend and father of three, had collapsed with a suspected heart attack and was rushed to hospital. The request was simple – just pray! We mumbled our prayers as you do when you have been woken from a ...

By |2021-05-05T14:54:55+10:00March 21st, 2020|Children, Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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A Tribute to You Dad

Dear Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation, My father died last Sunday 4/3/07 of prostate cancer aged 69. I helped nurse him in last 5 days of his life, staying overnight in hospital with him one night. The pain and agony he suffered must have been excruciating. I am writing this article for two reasons. The first is to urge all men to get themselves regularly checked for prostate cancer (my Dad's cancer was ...

By |2021-06-05T17:48:23+10:00December 18th, 2016|Dads, FAITH|0 Comments

The Value of Fathers

In 2003 Counting Crows had a hit with Joni Mitchell’s song Big Yellow Taxi. The chorus goes like this: “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone.” This thought is captured in a brilliant article by Amy Remeikis called, ‘Facing a father's death with laughter and tears’. Amy Remeikis battles with the emotions of watching her father die, using laughter and conversation to ...

By |2021-05-18T10:54:21+10:00April 12th, 2014|Dads, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS|0 Comments
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