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 […]
I’ve been asked several times for a follow up on my wildly popular Getting the Snip blog, here goes. Sitting around a campfire last year with a varied group of men, most fathers of one or more children, it seemed we had a mad rush on to get the snip, 5 of us put up […]
thought i might have a crack at writing a heartfelt poem about my child.. through the baby years to now as she is almost four.. Being Dad six years past was a different time the endless summer Beer, beach and bravado on my mind and i laughed and i laughed… the time sat waiting inviting […]
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. […]
Introducing guest blogger: Michael Murray Michael Murray is a self-confessed “Byron-ite” and loves living on the far North Coast of NSW. He helps others settle into this special place by being a property Buyers Agent with his company Byron Property Search. Prior to this he had a successful career in the film industry as a documentary […]
I recently heard a story about a little girl telling a little boy all about banking. “Youve never played banking? It’s easy” she said. First you give me your ball and I charge you every time you want to play with the ball. I’ll also charge you if you want to give the ball to […]
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 […]
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