The Secret Life of Dads – Coronavirus Edition Pt 1

How many times have you heard the word “unprecedented” in the last few weeks? The financial, social and domestic implications of Covid-19 are intense. Mix them into the daily challenges of #dadlife and things get complicated fast. Here, four dads share their experiences of fatherhood under the shadow of a global pandemic.

Sam Wood: How To Stay Fit At Home During Self-Isolation

Don’t be fooled by the photogenic lifestyle. Sam Wood talks with the sort of hard-baked realism only a dad with two kids under three and a teenage stepdaughter can. “I’m turning 40 in eight weeks,” the Melbourne trainer admits. “In my 20s, it was important for me to have a six-pack. But I really don’t care anymore.”

How Bluey Can Help You Survive COVID-19

Working from home can be challenging when you’ve got small kids. Vital conference calls are interrupted by gate-crashing toddlers, while productivity levels tend to dip when you have to rise from your desk at 15-minute intervals to attend to yet another blood-curdling scream.

“Turn off the news” – An Expert’s Guide To Talking To Your Kids About Coronavirus

These are strange times. Coronavirus is rocking the world on its axis before giving it a double spin for extra befuddlement. The pandemic has shaken up a dark mood of paranoia and panic buying. It’s a confusing enough time for a parent, but what about your kids?

Rockabye Baby will get your kids to sleep with help from AC/DC and Snoop Dogg

Getting your kids to go to sleep is invariably a soul-crushing ordeal that leaves you in urgent need of a very stiff drink. At the end of a brutal day, the nightly ritual of baths, teeth-brushing and bedtime stories often degenerates into a maelstrom of tears, screams and tantrums. And my kids’ behaviour isn’t much better.

Ayik Was 13 When He First Used An AK-47 – That’s The Same Age That His Son Is Now

It’s been a wild ride for Ayik Chut Deng. He survived unspeakable violence as a child soldier in Sudan, before moving to Queensland as a refugee in 2002. But for a while, life was turbulent here, too. After his post-traumatic stress was misdiagnosed as schizophrenia, Ayik was wrongly medicated. He began abusing drugs and alcohol, clocking up a slew of criminal charges ranging from drug dealing to drink driving. “It was becoming a father that sorted me,” he says. “That gave me something to live for.”

“I Drink More Mid Strengths Now” – Young Henrys’ Oscar McMahon

Oscar McMahon is the co-founder of Young Henrys, the independent craft-beer company that kickstarted Sydney’s urban brewing revolution. But he’s also the father to an 18-month-old daughter who, he admits, “has completely thrown my entire values system up in the air”. Here, Newtown’s favourite son explains why.

This Is The Cure For Dad Guilt – Interview With Dr Vijay Roach

The concept of “dad guilt” might be relatively new, but the stats reveal it’s kicking in hard. Research shows that fathers increasingly worry about balancing their family duties with the grind of their working lives.
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