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Voice of Thanks – Simon Cowell Moved to Tears on America’s Got Talent

Gratitude now has a voice. We as fathers need to be encouraged to be thankful, so we can encourage our children to be the same. Thankful people are happy people. Thankful families are happy families. I even try to teach this to myself, but some things are better caught than taught! When my friend Mark Powell sent me the video below, I nearly leapt out of my skin with excitement. Mark ...

By |2021-06-19T19:33:13+10:00June 19th, 2021|FAITH, Dads, FAMILIES, NEWS, RESEARCH & SCIENCE|2 Comments

“Best Daddy” Hits the Big Time

Millions of Australian Dads will hear and see Dads4Kids' Best Daddy musical Community Service Advertisements over the next 12 months. They will be inspired to become who their children already think they are: ‘The Best Dad in the World’. Dads4Kids sees the whole year as a time to strengthen family relationships and encourage Dads, not only around Father's Day. These CSAs will be seen on free to air TV over the ...

By |2021-06-29T11:22:02+10:00September 6th, 2020|Dads, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, VIDEOS|0 Comments

Spiritual Fathers

I can still hear the sound of the prison doors clanking shut as we wheeled the last road case into Kalgoorlie Gaol. It was an eerie sound, and one we were not used to. Our family band was due to give a free concert to the inmates. I will never forget that gaol. It was the first gaol we ever played at as a family. It was also the first time ...

By |2021-05-05T17:42:47+10:00July 5th, 2020|Dads, INDIGENOUS DADS|1 Comment

“Best Daddy”

“Have you seen Best Daddy, Warwick?” This was the short cryptic text I received from my friend Hayden Gillie from Warrnambool. Hayden is the sort of guy who doesn’t say much about something, unless it is really good. I was not disappointed when I watched the Best Daddy music video featuring Cody & the Qualls family. I cried with joy, not only because Cody Qualls is a great songwriter and dazzling ...

By |2021-06-29T11:21:54+10:00June 20th, 2020|Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, VIDEOS|1 Comment

Daddy-Daughter Duet

Father-daughter duo Mat and Savanna Shaw performed a version of The Prayer on their YouTube channel two months ago, and they could never have imagined what happened next. The musical family went totally viral, earning almost 6 million views on their video. They were both stuck at home because of the coronavirus, and they decided to use their talents to encourage people in the midst of the crisis.   My ...

By |2021-05-21T19:16:48+10:00May 10th, 2020|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, VIDEOS|0 Comments

A Reason for Hope: The Story of David Campbell

Some time ago, a young father sent me this incredible story about David Campbell. David is the son of the iconic Aussie singer Jimmy Barnes. David Campbell happens to be a singer himself, and a co-host on the ‘Today Extra’ show on Channel Nine. Read the full story here. Watch the performance below, of a father and son capturing the raw emotion of this story. If you don’t know anything about ...

By |2021-05-05T14:54:55+10:00April 11th, 2020|Dads|0 Comments

Loud Krazy Love

I remember when my teenage sons first played Korn’s music for me. I found it really disturbing. It just wasn’t my kind of music. I had grown up playing blues, rock and reggae on my guitar. I found the music very dark. The discordant riffs were off-putting as were Jonathan Davis growling, sometimes screaming, lyrics. The New York Times said in 1996 that the band was “mad at everyone including themselves”. ...

By |2021-05-14T13:26:51+10:00June 8th, 2019|Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES, SEXUAL INTEGRITY|2 Comments
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Five Keys to a Successful Christmas

Charles Dickens' words could well apply to Christmas for many people here in Australia.  “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…  it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness.” From my point of view Christmas is one of the best times of the year. Christmas is a time for family. Christmas is a time to be happy. Christmas is a time to ...

By |2021-12-31T18:54:38+10:00December 17th, 2016|Dads, FAIRNESS & JUSTICE, FAITH, FAMILIES, SINGLE DADS|2 Comments

The Musical Man

One of the joys of being in the men’s movement is meeting people on the journey. The men’s movement is filled with poets, artists, musicians and ratbags of which I am chief. My friend Noel Giblett is one of those many poetic minstrels and for the purpose of this newsletter, I am calling him ‘the musical man’. Before I tell you about Noel and his latest album, Surrender, let me tell ...

By |2021-05-18T11:50:40+10:00December 21st, 2013|FAMILIES, MANHOOD, RITES OF PASSAGE|0 Comments

Family Factories

My father gets a faraway look in his eye that’s unmistakeable.  As his craggy face turns towards the horizon and his eyes seek out the glint of snow-capped peaks, we all know what he is thinking.  Mountaintops have always had that magnetic effect on him. The feature story in a Reader's Digest began with the above quote.  It was a most interesting article about Edmund Hillary written by his son Peter ...

By |2021-05-18T13:31:08+10:00October 5th, 2013|Dads, Children, FAMILIES, RITES OF PASSAGE|0 Comments
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