Topic “Dad's blog”

Believers

I am quite grateful that Bieber didn’t burst onto the scene when my daughter was younger
Were your children affected (infected?) by Bieber Fever? My daughter was (sort of). It’s not like she is a swooning fan, but when she won tickets at school to attend the Cape Town concert, she was more than happy to go. Like many of her peers, my daughter is really impressed by the obvious talent that propelled Justin Bieber to world fame.

Living with hope

Humans have made a real mess of things in their scramble to get as much fish out of our seas as modern technology will allow, not to mention the sickening levels of pollution
I attended a lecture by the esteemed oceanographer and explorer Dr Sylvia Earle, who has logged an incredible 7 000 hours underwater. What an inspiring woman! The occasion was the launch of the Sustainable Seas Trust (SST) charity, which is committed to restoring South Africa’s coastlines and oceans. Her depth of knowledge about our oceans and the critical importance of ocean conservation fascinated me.

Peaceful parenting

Thankfully I haven’t seen too many children cruelly beaten in public, although our rampant culture of violence against children indicates that it does happen a lot at home.

I was sitting peacefully in the children’s section of my local library one Saturday when my daughter was a toddler, waiting for her to pull something off the shelf that caught her eye – she usually brought me her book selection so I could help her decide if the story would be super interesting or really boring. Libraries are supposed to be quiet places, filled with hushed tones and the sound of turning pages, so I’m sure I wasn’t the only startled person when a young boy got a severe beating at the front desk.

Rape outrage

Last year 60 000 women reported a rape to the police, which means the actual numbers are far higher because many people don’t report sexual violence.

South Africa has a rape crisis. It’s all over the news and social media channels are choked up with outrage and indignation. We should be outraged. Last year 60 000 women reported a rape to the police, which means the actual numbers are far higher because many people don’t report sexual violence. So what do we do about it?

Dadman

When you see a dad hanging out with his child, even if he’s not wearing a cape, his presence makes him a hero in his child’s life.

A candid photo of a father and son walking down the aisle of their local hardware store, both wearing superhero capes, has gone viral on the internet. The image obviously resonated with people because he appears to be a fun dad who is involved in all aspects of his boy’s life, including the fantastic elements of imaginary child’s play. “A good dad is always a hero to his children.

18

It feels like just the other day that I held her tiny hand to help her safely across the street, and now I’m gripping the passenger seat of my car as she learns to safely negotiate the roadways.

It feels like just the other day that I held her tiny hand to help her safely across the street, and now I’m gripping the passenger seat of my car as she learns to safely negotiate the roadways. My daughter turned 18 this month. Her official legal status means she can finally obtain that ubiquitous ticket to freedom – a driving licence.

Diaper slingers

I’m glad to know there are fathers out there changing nappies, occasionally waking up at night to feed a hungry child, and being honest about the hard slog of raising children.

Nappies, I’m happy to say, are a thing of the past in my life. However, I was inadvertently dragged down memory lane this week at an event for dads. The majority of fathers sitting around the breakfast table have children who are either still in nappies or have recently been potty trained, so there was a lot of talk about the challenges of this stage of parenthood.

Holiday drama

There’s nothing quite like a change of pace and environment to revitalise us so that we can face the daily grind back home with renewed vigour

Holidays are meant to be relaxing; a time to unwind and forget about the pressures of daily life with its school runs, homework, work deadlines and other demands on our time, energy and sanity. There’s nothing quite like a change of pace and environment to revitalise us so that we can face the daily grind back home with renewed vigour. Unless, of course, things go awry and what was meant to be a relaxing holiday is upended.

New moves

When you have a child, something as relatively simple as finding a decent place to live can become rather onerous

I’m a creature of habit, but there is something to be said for taking the road less travelled. A change of direction can revitalise your life, as long as the path doesn’t veer off a cliff. With this thought in mind, I recently gave notice at the place I’m currently renting. It’s in a quiet suburb with a view of rolling hills and vineyards; my daughter has her own room when she visits; we can ride our bikes on established cycling paths; and it’s not too far to drive to a decent restaurant and other entertainment.

Spread your wings

There are different ideas about how much freedom we should give our children at various ages and stages.

I didn’t enjoy all aspects of boarding school life, but it did force me to stand on my own two feet. It was a tough environment to grow up in, back when corporal punishment was meted out by teachers and prefects for seemingly trivial things, but I survived quite well, thank you. And I learned important lessons about independence at a young age.

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