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What the Phub‽

Phones, and screens in general, are kryptonite when it comes to active listening and being fully engaged with our families. For better or worse, they’re part of modern life, but every family needs to find ways to manage these pesky attention-stealers.

By |2024-02-16T14:36:11+10:00February 16th, 2024|Dads, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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The Horrendous Harms of Fatherlessness

“No generation knows better than ours the terrible consequences of growing up without a father. Fatherless boys are far more likely to grow up and commit violent crime, mistreat women, and act out against society in every other way. Girls who do not have a father to honour -- and, hopefully, to love as well -- are more likely to seek the wrong men and to be promiscuous at an early ...

By |2023-07-28T20:14:02+10:00July 28th, 2023|Dads, Children, FAMILIES, GRAND DADS|0 Comments
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Attention-Deficit Marriages

In a fast-paced world, our attention is a rare and valuable commodity. Is your marriage suffering from attention deficiency? True confession: some evenings you’ll find us sitting on the couch with the TV playing, and us both on our laptops or other individual devices. We know -- it’s not particularly noble and we have a sense of unease with it. But truly, movies and TV simply don’t seem to hold our ...

By |2023-06-10T10:17:24+10:00June 7th, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH|0 Comments
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On Trend with Unbusy

We recently enjoyed a week in New Zealand – about five days with some of our children and then two blessed days on our own. It was like a tonic for our soul and our marriage. Long walks with relaxed afternoons soaking up beautiful vistas and abundant wildlife. One such cheeky local was a Fantail – a small native bird that sashayed its tail and flitted about our feet. This friendly avian accompanied ...

By |2023-03-14T12:39:02+10:00March 15th, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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That Romantic Atmosphere

On Friday afternoon, we went on a bushwalk with Byron’s work colleagues. Although we were with other people, we so enjoyed the time together. Walking is remarkably therapeutic for us… perhaps it’s the natural environment, or maybe it’s simply the absence of the constant phone, email and text distraction. Whatever it is, is not the point. It just feels strangely normal and earthy. Like we are stepping for a few hours ...

By |2023-03-09T08:59:51+10:00March 8th, 2023|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAITH|0 Comments
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Five Wedding Anniversary Dos and Don’ts

Anniversaries aren't just for reminiscing about a past event. They are an opportunity to forge new memories together and cherish one another with expressions of true love. As critical as I am about New Year’s resolutions and the feckless sentimentalism attached, I am not averse to using January to prepare for key anniversaries. These key calendar events spark hope in the midst of the dull, back-to-work, post-Christmas grind. An anniversary is ...

By |2022-01-14T19:02:20+10:00January 14th, 2022|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAMILIES, NEW DADS|0 Comments
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Spare the Leftovers

Our marriages deserve our very best, not just the dregs of ourselves. Take the opportunity this Christmas season and New Year to establish better habits and re-prioritise your loved ones. It’s that time of year again -- the season of joy and gluttony. By the time Christmas Day is over, our refrigerator will be filled with yummy, delectable leftovers. Unfortunately, not all leftovers are so delicious. Too often in a marriage, ...

By |2021-12-31T18:17:18+10:00December 23rd, 2021|LOVE & MARRIAGE, FAMILIES|0 Comments
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