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What I Learned at Sleep School

My wife and I almost didn’t go to sleep school. It sounded like signing up for guaranteed emotional trauma – as much for ourselves as our infant sons. We pictured a grim regime like something from One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest intensified with marathon bouts of controlled crying. Frankly, we

State of Independence: Three Ways to Bring Up Resilient Kids

To paraphrase Rocky Balboa, life is largely about getting knocked down and then getting back up again. The parental take-home: you want to raise your kids to be resilient.

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Lost A Mate? Here's What You Need To Do For Their Kids

“If you walk into any psychologist’s office in the world today, nine out of 10 presenting problems – addictions, affairs, depression or whatever else, ‘the father wound’ will be at the root.” That’s the conviction of author John Eldrege speaking in Absent, a film about the impact of grow
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Meet The Bonell Family: What It’s Really Like Being The Father of 16 Kids

Ray Bonell may be the world’s most persuasive man. When he first met his wife Jeni, she didn’t want to have any kids. Now they have 16. The Toowoomba family consists of nine boys and seven girls with ages ranging from 29 to four. The brood includes: Jesse, Brooke, Claire, Natalie, Karl, Samuel, Cam
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Tobie Puttock: The Quick & Easy Breakfast Upgrade To Cook With Your Kids

Tobie Puttock has worked in restaurants all over the world and written a stack of cookery books along the way. But the Melbourne celebrity chef is also the father of a four-year-old daughter, Birdie. Together, they’ve become a dream team in the kitchen and love to hang out while pulling toget
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What the Horse Whisperer Taught Me About Raising Boys

Question: What’s the difference between small boys and wild horses? Answer: Not very much. That’s what Darrell Brown, author of One Father’s Journey to Raise Confident, Connected, Compassionate Boys, learned from the world-famous “Horse Whisperer” in a meeting that would have a profound influence o
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The 3 Biggest Mistakes You're Making With Your Daughter

I’m a man. I grew up in a family of three boys. I went to a boys’ school until years 11 and 12. The vast majority of my best friends are men. I work with the men’s health charity, Movember. And I’ve created The Father Hood with two other dads. So, I spend a lot of time hanging out with men and think
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Study: Your Kids Won’t Trust You If You Grow A Beard

There’s more bad news for bearded men. They were already on the back foot after a recent study proved that men’s beards contain “significantly higher” bacteria levels than dog fur. But a new revelation won’t help hairy-faced types to recover their Viking swagger. Dr Nicole Nelson, a psycholog
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Why Is The Sky Blue? And Other Questions Kids Ask

Research has shown that the kids who ask the most questions are four-year-old girls, a finding that will surprise absolutely no-one who has a four-year-old girl. A study in Britain last year claimed that these inquisitive little tykes can crank out 73 questions a day. That’s roughly one every ten mi
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Confessions of a Footy-Mad Dad: Why I Won't Let My Son Play Junior Rugby League

When my son, Max, was born, I began planning the kind of footy dad I’d become – the sideline guru, the tactician, the 5am whistle-blower. As I’d learnt from my dad, the love of Rugby League is transmitted by blood, and a morning kick in the backyard is as normal as breakfast. Max’s place in the loca
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Dental as Anything: All You Need To Know About Brushing Your Kids’ Teeth

Children’s teeth are a tricky business. Their basic acquisition involves lots of tears, drool and sleepless nights – then you have to deal with their maintenance. Trying to coax a small child into brushing their teeth often involves a fretful stand-off in the bathroom. Every. Single. Day. B
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The Top 10 Bluey Episodes

It’s official – kids around Australia are barking mad for Bluey. They’re busting doggy dance moves and dropping catchphrases like ‘Whackadoo!’ and ‘Dollarbucks!’ daily. Dads are feeling the love too, with some even confessing they watch the show solo. Packed with playful adventures for children and
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Fatherhood Is Life Turned Up To 11