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

Don’t be fooled by the photogenic lifestyle – the stunning wife, the magazine shoots, the social media empire. In person, 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 train

Study: Your Kids Won’t Trust You If You Grow A Beard

Growing a beard during Covid-19 lockdown? Maybe you should think again. Bearded men 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 psychology lecturer at the University of Queensland has found that children are instinctively suspicious of bearded men.

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Forget Counting Sheep: 6 Hacks To Get Back to Sleep Fast After Being Woken Up By Your Kids

It’s a cruel twist of dad life. You’re totally zonked, but when you finally hit the sack, your precious slumber is interrupted by one of your kids waking up and hollering for attention. No problem. You dutifully tend to them and chase away the monsters / get them a drink / stroke their head / persua
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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’ beh
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The Busy Dad's Guide To Beating Back Pain

When I get home from work each evening, I open the door and immediately hear the drop of a toy, a high-pitched squeal (not sure if it’s from me or him), and the pitter-patter of my 18-month-old’s feet running through the house to come and greet me. I bend down to his level as he jumps into my arms.
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“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 e
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Matt Lemon Ran the World’s Fastest Half Marathon With a Baby Stroller: Use His Tips To Keep Up

Fatherhood doesn’t have to force you to hang up your running shoes. Just ask Matt Lemon, who holds the world record for running the fastest half-marathon while pushing a stroller. Hailing from a family of hardcore runners, Matt ran competitively at high school and college. He met his wife, Maura, at
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This Is What It's Really Like To Be A Stay-at-home Dad

“IF YOU’RE happy and you know it clap your hands,” I jauntily sing, a rictus grin pinned to my face and my palms mashed together. My daughter Amelia, nuzzled in my lap, looks at me quizzically and makes little movement to match my impression of a performing seal. So goes another Tuesday morning at D
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Meet The Bonell Family: What It’s Really Like Being The Father of 16 Kids

There’s an old joke from comedian Jim Gaffigan. “You know what it’s like having a fourth kid? Imagine you’re drowning, then someone hands you a baby.” If you accept that logic, Ray Bonell must be at the bottom of the deep blue sea. Ray is possibly the world’s most persuasive man.
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These TED Talks Will Change The Way You Dad

Feed, change, bathe, rock, clean, repeat – endurance is part of the paternal deal. That old “it’s a marathon not a sprint” adage doesn’t really cut it for parenting. It’s more like an extreme triathalon performed on your knees. Fatherhood requires you to reconcile yourself with a particular kind o
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Kids' Parties Are Hell On Earth. But They Did Teach Me An Unexpected Lesson

“I drive-drunk, just being honest,” he said with an unmistakable tinge of pride. Like we should be proud of the guy, you know, because he’s being honest. The fact this guy had chosen a kids’ party of all places to make this declaration was almost offensive. Given it came the day after the hear
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What Will You Tell Your Children About Taking Drugs?

Everyone has a past. And if you’re a dad who grew up in the late ‘90s then yours is likely to have involved a certain amount of pills and thrills. Party drugs were the turbines that drove the nightlife of our generation. Personally, I no longer party like it’s 1999. Extreme hedonism is simply inco
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In Praise of Downtime (Or Why It’s OK For Dads To Sometimes Just Stick On The Telly)

At some point, most likely more than once, every parent will ask themselves the eternal question: what’s the earliest I can reasonably start drinking today? It’s easy to feel guilty a lot when you have a child, because you hear all these people saying about how great it is, and how they wouldn’t ch
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4 Easy Ways To Reboot Your Fitness After Having Kids

Ben Lucas is a scarily fit guy. Following his career playing NRL for the Cronulla Sharks, he’s run 40-odd marathons and become the founder of Flow Athletic – a fitness experience that combines strength, fitness and yoga. Yet despite that all-action pedigree, Ben admits that having two kids in quick
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