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Awesome dads - celebrating father's day

Celebrating awesome dads – 5 posts for Father’s Day

In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a celebration happening this weekend, on Sunday 6 September 2015. We’re celebrating awesome dads on Father’s Day all over Australia with heartfelt gratitude and presents of socks and jocks wine and beer.

Here at Parent Talk Australia we’re celebrating our awesome bloggers who are also dads, as well as the shining other halves of our bloggers who are also mums. Here are 5 posts to celebrate dads on Father’s Day.

Enjoy and have a Happy Father’s Day!

1. Are you Dad enough? – A Father’s Day Challenge

Bucky from Tacklenappy is throwing down the gauntlet to all dads this Father’s Day…

What do you want for Father’s Day babe? A vegie garden. I want a vegie garden. I’m sick of the pathetic quality vegies we get from the Supermarket that last two days in the fridge, forcing us to shop for days a week just so we can feed our family ‘fresh’ produce.

It’s supposed to be a happy day and it always is, however it’s never felt quite right for me. I truly love my daughter’s and my wife with everything that I have. I love the traditional gifts I receive on Father’s Day, from the World’s Best Dad mug(s) to the Samsung Galaxy Tablet, and I love breakfast in bed…oh, breakfast in bed and a sleep in. Bliss. But it’s never felt quite right. Continue reading on Daddy Bloggers….

Say 'no' to socks and jocks this Father's Day!
Say ‘no’ to socks and jocks this Father’s Day!

2. What about the dads?

Lauren from Canberra Mummy wants to know why we still ask dads if they’re on ‘babysitting duty’?

Hubby and I went out for dinner this week with another couple who are also heavily pregnant with their second child. My hubby asked our friend how tired she was with her second pregnancy compared to her first.

Her husband responded with, “I’m glad you asked… I’ve been soo tired”.

I had to laugh.

My husband than chirps up with, “Lauren’s been sick with the flu for three weeks but no one has asked how I have been coping with it”.

More laughter…

As we come to yet another Father’s Day, the third for our family, this conversation with our friends has had me reflecting on just how much the men our children call ‘daddy’, do to support our families. Continue reading on Canberra Mummy…

3. The Notorious DAD

The Notorious MUM let her husband take over her blog for a day so he could give some advice to his younger brother, who’s expecting his first baby…

I’ve had a sneaking suspicion, for some time now, that my husband and my eldest son are better writers than me. Which is hard to accept, obviously, as I’m supposed to be the writer and they’re supposed to be the printer and the nine year old, respectively. 

Then Paul went and wrote this blog – on his iPhone, when he was supposed to be printing a very important label – and it’s mother-flipping brilliant. It’s all about being a dad, and it’s made me laugh and cry in equal measures. It’s also reminded me that I MUST make that appointment with Dr Snippington, asap.

So here you go: Paul’s advice to his younger brother and expectant father, Daz. You’re welcome. 

After 42 years on earth I can list all the life advice I’ve ever been given (and remembered) in two short paragraphs. That’s harsh, man; life is tricky and we NEED help. My children will be given advice – about everything – and taught real life skills. As I write this I’m teaching Frankie to be a ninja. Continue reading on The Notorious MUM…

dads are awesome - father's day

4. My husband is a better mother than me!

Liv from eenie meenie miney mum tests the theory that good dads are awesome because they think like kids…

Dads are cool.

Dads have an innate ability for idiocy. They can throw further, jump higher and run faster. Caution, caveat ahead; in and of itself, it’s not that hard to throw further, jump higher or run faster than me. Just saying.

Dads have cool ideas for adventures. Adventuring is cool. They can do realistic light saber sound effects, they have bachelor degrees in the art of air guitar. They have endless stamina for silly voices and, indeed, an endless ream of silly voices from which to choose. Continue reading on eenie meenie miney mum…

5. Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Tradie Dad

Bec from The Plumbette has a few ideas for gifts that don’t involve footwear or undies… because every dad is a tradie in his own castle, right?

Do you struggle to find gifts for the man in your life? I do. I’m not sure if it’s a sign of the times. I’ve noticed we no longer wait until it’s a special occasion to buy something we want which often takes the joy away from the giver and makes it harder for them to come up with a gift.

Dads aren’t complex and shouldn’t be too complicated to buy for. Yet I tend to struggle with my own dad and find I gravitate towards the same gifts. This post is my attempt to come up with some Father’s Day Gift Ideas for the Tradie Dad – but it can be for any dad really. I’ve come up with some gifts that will suit all budgets and hopefully all types of dad’s tastes. Continue reading on The Plumbette…

Top 5 Aussie Parenting Blogs of the week 13

Top 5 Aussie Parenting Blogs of the Week – No. 13

This week is the problem solving edition. We had you covered for solutions to:

Here’s what our Parent Talk Australia Facebook community loved this week (psst, not a member? Join here).


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1. The birth diagrams that nearly got me kicked out of antenatal class – eenie meenie miney mum

2. The Day Facebook STOLE My Son’s Story – Families Magazine Brisbane

3. You’re outnumbered – the transition from two to three kids – Life on Wallace

4. Baked mini meatballs (dairy and gluten free) – Kidgredients

5. Why I’m throwing my kids’ toys away – Keep Calm Get Organised

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Top 5 Aussie Parenting Blogs of the Week – No. 12

We had the whole cycle of pregnancy and birth happening in our Top 5 Aussie parenting blogs this week. From one woman’s labour when she didn’t even know she was pregnant, to not being able to lose your baby weight (and not really caring) to the reality of those blurry first weeks we were doing the newborn thing all over again.

Then, of course, there’s all those years afterwards – but we’ve got you covered with a ‘how to’ guide for parenting while you’re hungover, to toddler food ideas… including eating off the floor!

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1. 7 ways to avoid losing your baby weight that don’t involve chocolate – Seeing the Lighter Side

2. The 2.5 hour pregnancy – Handbagmafia

3. Regrets… I’ve had a few… – Toilets aren’t for Turtles

4. Nine and a half weeks (of new parenthood) – The Notorious MUM

5. Toddler Food Ideas: Eating off the Floor – Kylie Purtell, A Study in Contradictions

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Top 5 Aussie Parenting Blogs of the Week – No. 11

We have a need to know, us parents. And who better to help us learn than other parents who happen to write about it on the internet? This week we learned about how speech pathologists can help with baby feeding issues, post-baby weight issues, the need for co-sleeping, even when we hate it, and why changing childcare centres might just be the best thing for your child.

Well, except for The Notorious MUM, who snuck into the Top 5 again to whinge about her drinking… or lack thereof. Love your work.

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1. I took my 6 month old to a speech pathologist – Toilets aren’t for Turtles

2. The three kinds of baby weight that actually count – eenie meenie miney mum

3. I co-sleep… and I hate it – Musings of the Misguided

4. A New Childcare Centre, A New Child – The Multitasking Mummy

5. Oh alcohol, how I have missed thee – The Notorious MUM

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Top 5 Aussie Parenting Blogs of the week 10

Top 5 Aussie Parenting Blogs of the Week – No. 10

We’re all about sharing the secrets of parenting this week. From tips you won’t learn in antenatal classes, to the true nature of those kids yoghurt pouch snacks and some advice on enjoying your newborn in the early days.

Others are struggling with cutting down on swearing around the kids, while others are finding hard to make it in the parenting gig at all.

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1. What they don’t teach you in Antenatal classes (but should) – Toilets aren’t for Turtles

2. Kids Yoghurt Pouches, A Great Snack…Right? – Mumma Plus Three

3. The day the swearing died – The Notorious MUM

4. I only just made it – Have a Laugh on Me

5. How to enjoy your newborn – The Laney Files

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