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My One-Month-Old Was Miraculously Healed!

In recent weeks, I’ve shared a few anecdotes about our newly adopted baby. She’s known as ‘Squish’ here at the Daily Dad until her adoption is finalised. I am now writing a weekly column as my wife Angie and I learn the ins and outs of parenting a newborn, and as we navigate the joys and challenges of adoption. Here is this week’s edition of ‘The Adventures of Squish’. We Don’t See Miracles Every ...

By |2023-08-24T08:39:49+10:00August 24th, 2023|Babies, FAITH, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Dad’s Day Celebrations

The collective noun for clowns is a pratfall, and it makes no sense that you can have a rout of snails. Snails could as much create a rout as my kids would volunteer that they have homework. And, you might think that the rush of students on the three o’clock bell might be a whoop, given the ecstatic noise. However, chimpanzees had first dibs on whoop, and so I am swarmed ...

By |2023-08-23T14:33:27+10:00August 22nd, 2023|FAITH, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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Tuning In to My Children’s Invisible Voices

Last night, some scratchy static in my dad subconscious alerted me to go about being a dad with extra care and gentleness. Most parents know of our children’s delicate talent for beckoning us to attention with tantrums, yelled commands and rushing tears. Other times, there is no trumpet that alerts a parent to go softly. I know that the parenting cues can be miniscule. You are forgiven for missing them, and ...

By |2023-08-10T17:40:22+10:00August 8th, 2023|Children, FAITH, SINGLE DADS|0 Comments
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The Forever Conversation

At some point, every couple will have the Forever Conversation -- the discussion that explores their long-term commitment. It’s no secret to anyone that the incidence of cohabitation has increased. In fact, a couple who hasn’t cohabited is increasingly rare, even in the Catholic formation circles where we work. For couples in these semi-permanent living arrangements, the natural progression of a romantic relationship towards marriage is slowed. Without the inconvenience of ...

By |2023-06-14T11:17:36+10:00June 14th, 2023|FAITH, LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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Prayer for Couples in Times of Trouble

We had a request recently from someone looking for a prayer for a couple going through tough times in their marriage. While we were very happy to oblige, it struck us that for many couples in this situation, prayer is often far from their thoughts, and yet, it is one of the most effective interventions for a troubled marriage. Dr Frank Fincham, Director of the FSU Family Institute, conducted a study ...

By |2023-04-11T12:41:13+10:00April 12th, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE|0 Comments
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The Art of Fatherhood

A thousand words are said to be sparked by a single image. While smartphones, Insta-perfect apps, and polished pics have superseded canvas, brush strokes, oil, and acrylic, there’s still a lot of love for the latter. Millions are paid out every year just for a chance to own a framed part of history. It doesn’t take a smug, over-educated curator “specialising in the sublime” to point out the value this window ...

By |2023-02-14T20:55:45+10:00February 16th, 2023|Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Family First

It can be tempting to pursue fulfilment and accolades at work, but you are irreplaceable in your family -- a conscious decision to put them first will reap the most precious rewards. Wisdom is usually discovered in retrospect. Such is the case with me anyway. I usually stumble into wisdom, and therefore can take no recognition for it. My one strength is that I pray a lot, so providence must take ...

By |2022-12-30T07:11:14+10:00December 30th, 2022|Dads, FAITH, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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Good Words

It happened in the shoe section at Big W. Casually browsing through the sandals, Tyson kneeling at my feet. He dropped a heel, paused and said: ‘b@&&er.’ Mortified. Where on earth did he learn…? Oh. Confession time: Amongst my many and varied flaws is a weakness for the odd expletive. Something that seemed harmless enough… until I heard that word come out of my ‘epitome-of-innocence’ 3-year-old’s mouth. The other customers in ...

By |2022-12-26T08:04:52+10:00December 26th, 2022|Children, FAITH, MOTHERS|0 Comments
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Gratitude: The Heartbeat of Love

New research validates age-old wisdom: the simple habit of gratitude can transform a jaded marriage into a joyous encounter. By Marilyn Rodrigues A University of North Carolina study highlighted the association of gratitude with a happy marriage. Cameron Gordon, the study’s lead author, said that the goodwill generated by grateful spouses creates a “reciprocal feedback loop” of marital harmony, helping spouses to view their interactions even on bad days in a ...

By |2022-12-22T12:47:16+10:00December 21st, 2022|FAITH, LOVE & MARRIAGE, NEWS, RESEARCH & SCIENCE|0 Comments
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