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‘Leave them alone and they’ll come home’

When our kids were little, people would say, ‘enjoy them now, because when they’re teenagers …’ Consequently, I had this sense of resignation that when…

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The ‘Gift’ of COVID

I was recently talking to the Head of Human Resources for a large organisation about their corporate strategy. During our chat she said something that…

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With Us or Against Us? Healthy Disagreement

(5-minute read)  In Braving the Wilderness, author Brené Brown says, “In philosophy, “you’re either with us or against us” is considered a false dichotomy or…

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Perfectionism – Stealing Children’s Confidence and Responsibility?

(4-minute read)  I can be quite ‘particular’; others call it perfectionism. Regardless of what you call it, this sometimes obsessive tendency for things to be…

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3 Habits to Develop Healthy Parental Downtime

Parenting involves sacrifice – that’s hardly news to anyone with kids. Whether it’s getting up early on a Saturday morning to take them to their…

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Are we living intentionally or are circumstances dictating our future?

(5-minute read) ‘The things I don’t want to do, I end up doing, and the things I want to do, I don’t do.’ Those words,…

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Backyard BBQ calling but work is getting in the way? Let’s find our balance.

(2-minute read) Take a bow Australia. According to a 2018 study of 21 OECD countries, Australian parents are world leaders when it comes to spending…

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What Teens Can Learn From Making A Phone Call Instead Of Texting

“Just pick up the phone and call them!”  I say to my teenagers. They’ve texted one or more of their friends to make plans, and…

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Mother’s Day: The Most Important Thing A Father Can Do

‘The most important thing a father can do for his children is…’ How would you finish this sentence? Perhaps you might say, ‘to give them...

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4 Lessons About Parenting Teenagers

In several recent blogs I reference experts encouraging parents to keep the channels of communication open with their teens. From dads staying close to their...

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Teaching Your Kids About Debt, Gratification & Priorities

Teaching your kids financial skills is one way to set them up for their future.  Australian households owe $2.34trillion (as at March 2018), the second...

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Dark Days, Grief and Connections

When I was 7, my mum passed away. It wasn’t until some 30 years after the fact, that I was finally able to talk about...

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Dads & Their Teenage Daughters

From the day our daughter was born, she’s always held a special place in my heart. From my experience talking to dads and reading numerous...

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Social Media P Plates…

In my recent blog on teens and social media I shared that we haven’t yet allowed our teenagers to have their own social media accounts….

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The Gillette Ad – We Believe: The Best Man Can Be

They say that any publicity is good publicity. But I wonder if Gillette had any idea of the extent of global reaction when creating their...

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Teenagers reflection on self-obsessed Instagram life

A few months ago, I was speaking about teenagers and social media with one of Australia’s most sought-after youth speakers. He speaks to thousands of...

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Boy’s Search for Belonging

When you hear the term ‘rites of passage’, do you think about young men diving off crude wooden towers in Vanuatu with vines tied around…

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Christmas Survival Tips

Does it feel like Christmas is bearing down on you like a freight train? On top of the gift buying, party planning and house decorating,…

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Dining & dashing – why it’s okay…

It has been said that character is ‘who you are when no one is watching’; it’s those things that we do in private, not for…

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International Men’s Day

I’m not sure if I’m alone in this, but this year is the first time I’ve been aware of International Men’s Day (IMD). Unlike International…

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