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 [...]
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. [...]
Dads being away from their children for periods of time is certainly not a new thing, being at work all day is one thing, but being in a different continent is a whole other story. My wife and daughter recently went away to visit relatives in the UK leaving dad back at home. As the time [...]
‘Why are we not moving?’ my very inquisitive daughter asks. We have just arrived on our first family holiday in over a year and are navigating our way out of the Airport in a maxi cab. “Because the traffic lights are at red’ I reply “What’s traffic lights?” our daughter is a couple of months [...]
OK so I threw it out there after my last blog – a subject to have a think about and discuss this time round – and the winner was the old classic – Dad dancing! What is it about Dad dancing? – just the term brings up such a clear picture of a child’s abject [...]
“Dad, I want french toast for breakfast” calls out April from the top bunk. Groan… time to getup, the whole family rises together in our cramped living space, a 2m by 6m Toyota Hiace van on our 3 month tour New Zealand. To make brekkie involves a complicated re-arrangement of bodies, put this leg there, [...]
Is it the introduction of the deep-voiced disciplinarian that becomes visible when mum just can’t cope anymore? Is it something to do with the hairy one, without boobies, who disappears early in the morning and doesn’t appear again until just before bed-time? Is it the ability to have rough-and-tumble games and encourage play, challenge and [...]
As a working father who is out of the house for at least 11 hours a day through the week it has been a real concern of mine to make sure that although I have to be out earning money to pay the bills that I am still a ‘present’ father and that we have [...]
There’s a lot of singing going on at my place these days. It reminds me of the song about Phineas Gage and his accidental frontal lobotomy. Phineas built rail roads back in 1848. While drilling and blasting on a fine September day Gage got distracted and looked away. His tamping iron slipped down the hole [...]
It all started with an early morning drive to Gold Coast airport – drop my partner for her flight to Cambodia – and buckle in for a solo excursion into looking after the kids (two of them) by myself….. for two weeks!!!! Holy Daddy Day care Batman! The idea was for my partner to relax [...]
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