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The quality of family dinner conversations is one of the great litmus tests for the relational health of a family. As I shared in a previous post, I am a big believer in prioritizing dinners together and shooting for engaging conversation that involves everyone, including tons of fun. That said, in my house, only every...

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‘Wow, what a life lesson was that!’ said Eli to Chris and I as we walked back from the neighbours which he and 3 other kids had bombed. The drama had started an hour earlier. My 3 oldest kids had climbed over my neighbour’s wall using the ladder-play-gym system Chris (my neighbour) and I had...

The post What We Did When Our Kids Threw Mud Balls At The Elderly Lady Next Door appeared first on The Dad Dude.

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There are 5 ways to help children feel your love, but one or two will work best on your child. Before the drought, there was a corner of my garden that was dying, despite the presence of my irrigation system. The solution was as simple as changing the angle of a nearby irrigation outlet in...

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As a parenting writer, it’s high-time I go up-line instead of down-line and shamelessly honour not only the mother who gave me my very life, but also her electrifying art talent. Over and above being a brilliant grandmother, her latest focus is her imminent “Immortals” art exhibition. It consists of 10 large-scale oil-portraits. She describes...

The post Check Out My Mom’s Mindblowing Art (And Hear Her Heartwarming Story) appeared first on The Dad Dude.

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One of the most difficult things for us parents to do is helping our kids to get up again when life and others knock them down. Yesterday I did my best to do just that for one of my boys. It was his first day back at school. Late yesterday afternoon he asked to do...

The post Helping Our Kids To Get Up Again – A True Story appeared first on The Dad Dude.

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My wife and guest-blogger, Julie starts off the Dad Dude blog in 2019 with some potent ideas about the gift of less. Before I hand over, if you’re wondering about this pic, that’s one of our twins, Charlie, asleep amidst the chaos a year ago. Enter Julie… THE GIFT OF LESS I remember when I...

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The Surprising Reason We Had Five Kids And Named Them As We Did Christmastime is the celebration of the gift of a Child. For a decade now, it is also a time when Julie and I are reminded that every child is a gift from God. In our case that’s five kids. Five gifts. Five...

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I have stumbled across something brighter than a screen. Two nights ago, after the second family movie night in just three days (it’s school holidays) ended in exhaustion-related meltdowns in my youngest kids, Eli (10) and Fynn (8) my oldest kids made some recommendations: Eli: ‘Dad, we like movies and all. But I think we...

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Don’t let your kids do anything that makes you dislike them That’s because society doesn’t care about your child nearly as much as you do. If you dislike your child’s behaviour at times, imagine how other people will react to them. So a general guideline is to intercept unsocial and unruly behaviour in your kids....

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The Dad Who Nearly Lost His Child And How It Changed His Parenting Two weeks ago a freshly focused father had come to hear me speak to a bunch of fathers about being a better dad to our kids. He was on the edge of his seat, taking notes. In a very informal way, I covered...

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