Astri Lindberg is an acknowledged child psychologist in Norway. She is also the partner of my wife’s father. Recently they came to stay for a few weeks to help us out after the birth of our second child. I took the opportunity to sit down and have an informal chat with her about some issues […]
After disagreeing to do something she was politely asked to do, with gentle nodding and smiling we reminded our daughter that “Mamma knows best”, “No” she replied with as stern a look as a three-and-a-half year old can muster, “I know best … I’m three, and I know everything!”, “Oh okay, what’s the capital of […]
We’ve just had our second child (two weeks ago) and when we were in the hospital there was a thank-you note on a pin-board from another mother that read, “When you have your first child you spend all your time staring at them, when you have your second, you spend all your time trying to […]
With the greatest respect to honourable crack whores everywhere – to reassure our partners when in the last stages of pregnancy, I’ve heard the line “even crack-whores have healthy babies”, used to comfort and relax a mother who is recovering from the guilt of the odd glass of sauvignon blanc or slice of triple-cream brie. […]
Even though we live in a world of equality, most everyone would agree that the mother is the primary care-giver to a child, particularly in the first years when sensitivity and nurturing are more useful contributions than pulling funny faces and making silly noises. That makes the father the secondary care-giver – legally after separation […]
This is a widely known Shakespearian quote from an embattled King who was getting thrashed in a war but had to return for another battle with weary troops, depleted supplies and low morale. Somehow this quote seems pertinent when, as a father of one, you are told “we’re pregnant” for the second time. Here we […]
Why is it that the words to nursery rhymes are so wrong? I don’t want to sound like a prude, I’m all for mischief and silliness but many of the songs and rhymes we teach our children are really … just off. If gollywogs have been consigned the the trash can of childhood memories as a bad idea […]
Having your partner go away for a period of time is like having your leg in plaster – you’re not quite as functional in the same way, but you manage okay. You miss doing some things but you keep chipper about it, and you know it’ll all be back to normal soon enough. Having your […]
My wife tells me that the sperm carrying the male Y chromosome swim faster, but don’t last as long, as the other sperm that support female offspring – maybe that’s where it all starts. I have a two-year old little girl, and recently we spent a long weekend in Noosa with another couple who are […]
We’ve known about The Fatherhood Project for some time. Locally in Northern NSW they were responsible for The Fatherhood Festival – first held in 2004, a unique 3-day community event held over the Father’s Day weekend to celebrate being or having a father. This brought together families, experts in the field comedians, writers, journalists and […]
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