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New Book Offers Hope for Men in a Post-Feminist World

A new book from Richard V. Reeves is winning widespread applause for offering hope to men in a post-feminist world. Released in September, ‘Of Boys and Men: Why the modern male is struggling, why it matters, and what to do about it, the father, author, and British-American expat argues for a fundamental shift in the societal attitude towards masculinity. The Guardian highlighted two of Reeves’ major points, first congratulating the author ...

By |2022-11-24T13:21:29+10:00December 1st, 2022|Dads, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, MANHOOD, MENS HEALTH, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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How to Fight Fair

‘Shhhh… not in front of the kids!’ We’ve all been there: In the car with a captive audience… or at the dinner table. An argument erupts and the question is: do you save it for later? Or just let it all out in front of the kids? Studies conducted at the University of Rochester, NY, found that it’s okay for your kids to see you argue, as long you work it ...

By |2022-11-24T11:43:30+10:00November 28th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, LOVE & MARRIAGE, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Teen Suicide and Social Media

There’s a heavy silence around the connection between teen suicide and social media. Victims of this epidemic are usually in their teens, and come from a variety of backgrounds. While the consensus is that this connection is difficult to find, one study said there was a ‘direct association between heavy social media/internet use and increased suicide attempts.’ Factors include unrestricted access to the internet, resulting in exposure to inappropriate content, and ...

By |2022-11-14T22:39:57+10:00November 17th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, NEW DADS, NEWS, RESEARCH & SCIENCE|0 Comments
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My Adult World of Bean Bags and Boysenberry Ice-Cream

My adult world is full of rich delights. I am gifted with hearty friends who circle their wagons of calm and joy around me from time to time. Close by is the great peace of an imposing mountain with the settling sheen of a pure white coat. I can gaze towards the tower of dolerite while the nearby waves shush my racing headspace. My grown-up place features work that is rewarding, ...

By |2022-11-14T17:47:42+10:00November 15th, 2022|SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Organic Parenting

Have you heard of snowplough or lawnmower parents? They’re the ones who push all the obstacles out of the way of their children. Isn’t that a good thing? We don’t want our children to endure unnecessary hardship. We want the best for our kids -- and we want to help them get it. Building Resilience I once heard a radio guest describe how organic vegetables are more nutrient-dense than commercially grown ...

By |2022-11-14T18:03:49+10:00November 14th, 2022|Children, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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What Pixar Taught Me About Dreams

We all have dreams: to start a business… volunteer in a third-world country… write a book… Dreams are important. And then God answered: Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. – Habakkuk 2:2 (The Message) I’ve recently learnt a valuable lesson -- to not get too attached to my dreams. Let me tell you my story… ...

By |2022-11-08T18:45:06+10:00November 8th, 2022|FAITH, FAMILIES, GOOD BOOKS & VIDEOS, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Your Children Need Adventure

Adventure is essential for developing maturity and independence through firsthand experiences. When undertaken as a family, adventure forms lasting marvellous memories and excellent life skills. Some time ago, I rang a friend who was going around Australia on a 41/2-month adventure with his family. They were just about to cross the Nullarbor Plain, which contains the longest straight stretch (146.6 km) of road in the world. This section of road is ...

By |2022-11-04T18:05:46+10:00November 4th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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How to Raise Generous Kids

If I wasn’t there when she said it, I wouldn’t have believed it. When my boss asked his 7-year-old daughter what she’d like for her birthday, she said she didn’t want any gifts. Could everyone make a donation to the Leukaemia Foundation instead? Excuse me? After a lengthy conversation, she convinced her parents to have a ‘gift-free’ birthday party and instead, set up an online donation form with the Leukaemia Foundation. ...

By |2022-10-31T10:51:36+10:00October 31st, 2022|Children, FAITH, MOTHERS, NEWS, RESEARCH & SCIENCE|0 Comments
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Why Shared Activities Are Essential to the Dad-Daughter Bond

A majority of dads bond with their daughters through shared activities. Dad and daughter bonds are linked to what a 2013 Baylor University study called ‘closeness in the doing.’ “This is,” Baylor affirmed, “the masculine style of building closeness.” Mums tend to bond through the “feminine orientation of talking” -- an observation the study described as “closeness in dialogue.” Building Memories Leaning on experiential data, Baylor noted, “When asked what key ...

By |2022-10-29T13:56:24+10:00October 28th, 2022|Children, Dads, FAMILIES, NEW DADS, NEWS, RESEARCH & SCIENCE|0 Comments
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Why It’s Okay For Your Child to Fail

Focus on Effort, Not Outcome Do you get excited when your children get everything right? Or do you get excited when your children make mistakes and feel like what they’re doing is hard? Studies show that when we praise or reward kids for being brilliant, they get caught up in ‘proving’ how good they are. And this leads to them avoiding things they could fail at -- because failure might mean ...

By |2022-10-25T17:22:39+10:00October 25th, 2022|Children, FAMILIES, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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