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The Red Pill

When Dads4Kids started on 1st May 2002 we had no idea how important this ‘MayDay’ call would become. My wife and I had the naive idea that we would help and inspire fathers to be more involved with their children and turn their hearts towards home. We had no idea how important and strategic that… Read More

Gordon Dalbey is a well-known writer and leader in the men’s movement. Dalbey is not travelling as much as he used to, but his legacy of wisdom lives on. His first book, Healing the Masculine Soul released in 1988 became a classic in the worldwide men’s movement, much like the poet, Robert Bly’s ground-breaking book… Read More

We celebrate Anzac Day on the 25 April to celebrate and honour the sacrifice of those who have fought for our country and those who still do.  But what has this got to do with being a father in the 21st century? Well I believe Anzac Day and in particular the story of Gallipoli is… Read More

Australia has produced some amazing war heroes but none so remarkable, or popular, as Fighting McKenzie from World War 1. Daniel Reynaud, author of the book ‘The Man the Anzacs Revered’ asked, “How did a wowser become an Anzac legend? And how did this legend become totally unknown today?” William McKenzie served in both Gallipoli… Read More

Believe it or not, Easter celebrates a man who died a criminal’s death and became the foundation for what are commonly called ‘Australian Values’. When I was a young boy, visiting my grandmother in Edinburgh, Scotland, she used to tease me by saying, “You and your family are descended from convicts.” I deeply resented her… Read More

Mothering Denied

Motherhood is fast becoming a dirty word. My daughter-in-law, mother of five girls  under 10 years of age was telling me how she is still getting asked, "When are you going back to work?" Her response is simple, "I'm a mother first and I am in no rush to leave my beautiful girls. I love… Read More

In 2003 the Dads4Kids Fatherhood Foundation rather prophetically stated,  (See footnote 1.)“The quality of the relationships between mothers and fathers and their children will determine the destiny of Australia.” Convinced that such a statement was true in 2003, the team at Dads4Kids are just as convinced today. Whilst preparing the submission, ‘Healthy Men, Healthy Families… Read More

Albert Einstein once said, “Earth is the insane asylum of the Universe”. Sometimes I think he is right. Bill Leake, the famous cartoonist, would no doubt agree with Albert Einstein. Last Wednesday Bill Leake gave a speech to mark the release of a book of his cartoons called ‘Trigger Warning’. In his speech he lamented… Read More

 Editors Note: I have re-posted this very good article by Bill Lund which was first released in 2000. It is worrying to think that such an insightful artilce was not more widely read. I am sure Bill Lund would be encouraged to know that we are keen to tell the world the truth about the… Read More

My wife was annoyed with me because I took too long in the bookshop. It wouldn't be the first time. Bookshops for me are like entering a time vortex. ‘Joshua's Long Day’, when the sun stood still, happens every time I enter a bookshop. The problem is that I am the only one in the… Read More