How I Finally Learned To Stop Swearing

Just before dinner, I tiptoe into my youngest son’s bedroom to check if he’s finally asleep. Peeking into his cot, I find him lying awake but happily burbling away so I lean over to make out what he’s saying. “Shit. Oh shit. Shit.” he repeats. “Shit. Shit. Oh shit...”

This is the ultimate dad-watch for the COVID-lockdown trenches

Let’s not sugar coat this one. Parenting is a total and utter shitshow in a COVID-19 lockdown. And Melbourne, the home of The Father Hood, is back in it. FOR THE NEXT SIX WEEKS. We can leave our houses for one of only four reasons. And going to your local watch retailer to check out the new TAG Heuer Carrera Sport Chronograph collection is not one of them. We’ll put the violins away, but for hands-on parents, this has an impact on the wrist. Because daily care of children, especially small ones, requires a watch that can handle a real beating. The home schooling. The endless catering requests. The hourly pulling apart of fights and scraps.

How Donte Palmer Became The Accidental Figurehead For Modern Dads

The shifting nature of fatherhood can be told through the social history of nappy changing. In 1982, 43% of British dads had never changed a nappy. By 2000, according to research from Warwick University, that number had slumped to just 3%.

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.

How Hemingway Felt About Fatherhood

Ernest Hemingway was affectionately called “Papa,” but what kind of dad was he?

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.

Find the words with Movember Conversations

Movember Conversations gives you practical guidance on how to support the men in your life who might be struggling. This interactive tool lets you experiment and practise questions and responses, giving you the skills and confidence to approach difficult conversations.

Movember Conversations Can Help You Support A Mate Who’s Struggling

“Mateship” is a concept that’s as fundamentally Australian as drinking cold beer or sniggering at England’s middle order. Long associated with the WW1 diggers, it’s an idea that suggests men providing support for each other during the toughest of times. And thinking up really dumb nicknames.

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.

D’oh! Study Reveals TV Sitcom Dads Are Getting Even More Inept

From Homer Simpson to Phil Dunphy, sitcom dads have long been known for being bumbling and inept. But it wasn’t always this way. Back in the 1950s and 1960s, sitcom dads tended to be serious, calm and wise, if a bit detached. In a shift that media scholars have documented only in later decades did fathers start to become foolish and incompetent.

Use This Negotiation Tactic To Calm Any Row With Your Wife

“Their relationship consisted in discussing if it existed.” Sadly, that line from Thom Gunn sums up the miserable state that many couples find themselves in right now. Lockdown may have ended, but the strain has pushed an alarming number of relationships to the brink.