Return to Lockdown: 5 Dads Explain What They’ll Do Differently This Time Around

OK, there’s no way of wringing a positive out of this one. The return to lockdown is bleak. Yet that’s the reality for anyone living in Melbourne or much of Victoria. Second time around it feels even harder to contend with, perhaps because we’re now queasily familiar with what's to come. The cabin fever of lockdown with small children invariably leads to mental angst, relationship stress and way too much screen-time for the kids.

Train Your Brain To Be More Optimistic (You Need To For The Sake Of Your Kids)

COVID-19. Climate change. Your moribund sex life. The shrinking size of Cadbury’s family-size chocolate blocks… There are plenty of reasons to feel downbeat about the state of the planet. But such negativity is often exacerbated when you’re the sleep-deprived father of a toddler who’s currently screaming because you won’t let him push a half-eaten Tim-Tam into the power socket.

New Study Confirms Dads Need To Be More Like Bandit When Playing With Kids

Bandit, the blue-heeler dad in Bluey, is a creative genius when it comes to playing with his children. Sure, he’d rather be watching the cricket. But Bandit still allows himself to be roped into wildly imaginative games of “horsey weddings”, “tickle crabs” or “Rug Island” - much to the wide-eyed delight of his kids.

TV Chef Miguel Maestre: “Prioritise. That’s The Best Advice I Can Give Any Dad”

I was a rebel growing up. I was a really difficult child - very, very problematic. I was always in trouble and the teachers had my dad on speed dial. But my father was very good at always letting me be myself and make mistakes for myself.

Parenthood Hammers Your Immune System. Here’s How To Fight Back

“Parenting is one of the most severe environmental challenges anyone willingly puts themselves through,” says Dr Adrian Liston. “It makes sense that it radically rewires the immune system.”

Real Talk, Inspiration & Baby Vomit: The Best Quotes From New Film, Dads

How do you make an 81-minute film that encapsulates the head-spinning enormity of the modern fatherhood experience? Dads, the new documentary on Apple TV, boldly fronts up to the challenge.

“I Was Starting Fights With Bouncers” – Depression Can Look Different For Dads

Mark Williams is an unlikely mental health advocate. He grew up in a working-class community in Wales where his father and grandfather were both miners. “The attitude was very much – man up and let’s get on with it,” he says. “If we had a problem we’d go down the pub. We never talked about mental health.”

How To Avoid Becoming The Grumpy Dad

Your Spotify account is now hijacked by The Wiggles. You’ve become involuntarily celibate. Your three-year old has just got another pea stuck up his nose… Yes, fatherhood is wondrous and life-affirming and so on and so forth. But it can also prove a daily challenge.
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