Find Calm in Chaos: 3 Ways to Help Your Mental Health in Covid-19

“There’s that underlying sense of angst,” says Dr Addie Wootten. “We still don’t really know what the future holds, when we’ll return to normal or what that normal will be. That will definitely be having an impact on general wellbeing…” The Smiling Mind CEO and clinical psyc

Anger Management: The New Dad Hack to Tame Your Temper

Fatherhood is like being forced to take a crash-course in Zen self-mastery. You’re constantly having to battle to keep your cool.


This Dad Fought Back Against Post-natal Depression: Here’s What He Learnt

One in 10 new dads struggle with depression following the birth of a child. But, on the surface, Stephen Reilly seemed like an unlikely candidate. That’s partly because Stephen is an unusually successful man. Married with two children, Harper (14) and Augie (9), he’s enjoyed a wide-ranging career t

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.

Relax! Why You Shouldn't Worry So Much About Screen Time

Back in the day, fatherhood used to largely consist of putting food on the table, administering discipline and cracking ineffectual one-liners. Today, it’s fair to say, things have changed. We barely have time for all that stuff anymore – we’re too busy worrying about screen time. But a new re

Strange But True: Covid-19 Can Help You Reconnect With Your Mates

If Satan himself wanted to micromanage a combination of factors most likely to screw up the average dad, then he’d cook up something like this. Whisked together with masterful savagery, Covid-19 is the perfect mix of ingredients to mess with your head. Here’s how it works: 1. Inflict serious financ

What Kind of Dad Does Chris Hemsworth Want To Be Remembered As?

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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

Jump-leads For Your Brain: How This Turbo-charged Coffee Changed My Life

We get it. If you’ve got small kids you got hardly any sleep last night (again). Meet your secret weapon: a slurpable form of salvation that fits neatly into a mug. It’s called Beforeyouspeak Coffee and it’s effectively a performance-enhancing drug for your working day. I’ll admit that when I

Mick Jagger and Me: The Old Dads’ Club

Thank God for Mick Jagger. Whenever I’m feeling that I made my run too late by starting this fatherhood caper well past my prime, I just catch up with the latest on the procreation habits of my big-lipped, skinny-hipped buddy. In December 2016, Jagger fathered his eighth child. He was 73 at the time

School of Rock: 6 Dwayne Johnson Quotes To Dad By

It’s hard to believe that not so long ago, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was perceived by the world as a meathead wrestler. Today, he’s the world’s most bankable movie star, an action-hero with 20-inch biceps and a heart of gold. But he’s also the new dad-hero. This, after all, is the family-man w

The No.1 Tactic For Long-distance Dads

At first travelling for work can feel like a glamorous perk. You mop up the frequent flyer points, nab a good night’s sleep in a hotel and (whisper it) also wangle a temporary break from the parenting treadmill.  But when you’ve got a young family and you’re away from home a lot, the novelty quickly

The Indefensible Position: Why Alcohol-Free Beer (Sometimes) Makes Sense

Look, I know what you’re thinking. Alcohol-free beer is not only pointless it’s Un-Australian. I used to think so too. I mean I’ve gone to the cricket with people I actively despise just to sit with them in the Members stand and avoid drinking that watered-down piss in General Admission. And yet… th

How Having Kids Stopped Shaun Micallef Needing Approval “In A Pathetic Way”

“In the beginning I started out [in comedy] with this insatiable appetite for performing and I was very, very needy,” Micallef says. “I always needed approval, I hungered for it in a pathetic way. Talk to people I worked with early on and they’ll tell you, I was dreadful. Because I came over to Melb

The 10-Minute Workout: No Time? No Worries!

Celebrity trainer Chief Brabon can help you lose your love-handles fast. That’s good news because the dad-bod phenomenon is real. In fact, one US study found that on average fathers weigh 6kg more than childless men. That’s no surprise to Chief, one of Australia’s most respected personal train
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