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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

The New Rules On Naming Your Children

What did you do at kinder today?” I asked my three-year-old son on the drive home. “Trains with Roy,” came the reply from the backseat.

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26 Sobering Dad Stats: How Many Nappies You'll Change, Lies You'll Tell, Toilet Interruptions You'll Endure

Feed, change, bathe, rock, clean, repeat… There are times when the parenting treadmill can feel like a relentless test of mental endurance. And that’s leaving Baby Shark out of the equation. That’s because “parenting” is often another word for next-level drudgery. You know that already, of course.
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The Worst Advice I Ever Got About Fatherhood

“Remember boys like simple names,” she said.  “And girls hate to have the same name as everyone in their class.” This, you understand, wasn’t the worst piece of advice I got about fatherhood. I even thought it was reasonably sane. But that tip-off came from the same source as the bad advice that fol
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It's Winter. Your Kids Will Get Sick (A Lot). This Is The Thermometer You Need

Something positive happened in our house during lockdown. The kids didn’t catch a single cold. That might not sound remarkable but, trust me, it would’ve merited a round-the-clock block-party if it wasn’t for all that pesky self-isolation business. Generally, you see, my wife and I fight a constant
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Study: It Can Take Your Wife 547 Days To Feel Sexy Again After a Baby. Here's What To Do...

New dads don’t enjoy much action. “It can be quite a shock,” says Jacqueline Hellyer. “For women as well as men.” Hellyer, a leading sex therapist and relationship coach, is talking about what happens to your love life after a baby arrives. According to one poll, it takes a new mum an average of 18
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Celebrating The Modern Father

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Bluey: How a Cartoon Dog Became Your Ultimate Guide to Fatherhood

Modern fatherhood has a new leading man. Forget George Clooney (too slick), Jamie Oliver (too busy) or The Rock (looks too much like a thumb). No, the father figure any man should now model their dad-game on is, in fact, a cartoon dog from the Brisbane suburbs. Bandit is the dad in Bluey, the hugely
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Study: It Can Take Your Wife 547 Days To Feel Sexy Again After a Baby. Here's What To Do...

New dads don’t enjoy much action. “It can be quite a shock,” says Jacqueline Hellyer. “For women as well as men.” Hellyer, a leading sex therapist and relationship coach, is talking about what happens to your love life after a baby arrives. According to one poll, it takes a new mum an average of 18
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How to Stay Sane If You’re Struggling to Have a Baby

Trying to get in the family way can put you through the emotional wringer. In an exclusive extract, Sarah Knight, author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, suggests how to cope. “I know virtually nothing about pregnancy except that I never want to experience it, which probably ma
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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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I’m Calling Bullshit: Men Can Forge Just As Deep A Bond With Their Kids

To state the obvious, being an expectant dad is terrifying. I know it was for me. I felt helpless watching my wife struggle through her pregnancy. I was so excited that once my son was born I could actually do something to help instead of offering the obligatory pillow or back rub. I couldn’t wait t
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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-e
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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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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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