Life as a widower dad

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Benjamin Brooks-Dutton Just after 8pm I was a happily married 33-year-old father. By 9.17pm I was a widower in shock, a solo dad to a toddler.

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11 survival tips for first-time dads

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Brian Koerber One of the scariest moments in any man's life is the impending reality that you're going to be a father.

New dads just as likely to suffer from postnatal depression

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Kathy Evans While one in 10 mums suffer from postnatal depression (PND), new research shows that men are equally prone to the illness.

Photos capture the emotions of new fathers

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Keith Perry A new book shows the entire gamut of emotions experienced by brand new fathers - ranging from petrified to ecstatic - in a poignant set of images.

Red spot first sign of former premier Nick Greiner's breast cancer

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Jill Margo Nick Greiner, the former premier of NSW, has spoken publicly about being diagnosed with breast cancer, and the subsequent removal of his left breast.

Stay-at-home dad tries, fails to crowdfund a salary

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Kasey Edwards Imagine launching a crowdfunding campaign to ask strangers to pay you an income for parenting. That was one dad's grand plan - but it didn't go quite as planned.

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To my girls on their first birthday

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You don’t know is how the past year has affected me as a person. You don’t know how I’ve changed, and how my perspectives have been completely displaced and realigned. This is comforting to me – I want you to know me for who I am now.

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The rise of the vasectomy party

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CATHERINE RODIE Although it could seem like a strange thing to celebrate, more men are choosing to celebrate having vasectomies with a party.

Dad and daughter's loving tribute in mum's memory

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To pay tribute to his late wife, who died of cancer a few years after marrying and having a child, a father and his young daughter posed for a series of photos that reflect on their lives with and without her.

Dad dies hours after holding son for first time

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Melanie Mahoney Josh Robison came down with flu-like symptoms in early December. A few weeks later, just hours after holding his newborn baby for the first time, he passed away.

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Family's plea to help find missing dad Nick Eade

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MEGAN LEVY The young family of a dad who vanished from Sydney more than two weeks ago has made an emotional plea for public help to find him in the lead-up to Christmas.

Male pill a step closer to reality

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An Australian scientist has made a discovery that could lead to a male contraceptive pill.

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Dads want it all, too

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Josefa Pete While we accept the stereotype of this harried mother, struggling to get the balance right between work and motherhood, we almost never discuss that dads might want to have it all too.

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Movember dad diagnosed with prostate cancer

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Georgina Stylianou Danny Bedingfield took part in Movember in honour of his father, who died of prostate cancer this year. But, at 38, the dad of one didn't expect to end up fighting the same battle.

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Noah's life 18 years in the making

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Lisa Cox At 14, with a cancer diagnosis, becoming a dad was the last thing on Steve Hall's mind. But some forward planning meant he was able to welcome a son 18 years later.

Even dads get the blues

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Amanda Hooton It's not only mums who endure postnatal depression - it's thought that just as many dads suffer from the debilitating illness. Worryingly, they're also less likely to get help.

We need to wake up to new gender roles for dads

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Sam Dastyari Our bloke culture is fantastic for pulling big egos down a peg, but it fails when it perpetuates the prevailing sexism in Australia - especially when it comes to parenting.

Dads grapple with grief over lost babies too

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Ross Larkin Volunteer support can have an amazing impact on dads in mourning for lost babies, writes Ross Larkin.

Watch live surgeries on World Vasectomy Day

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MELANIE MAHONEY On World Vasectomy Day, 15 men will be undergoing ‘the big snip’ live on stage in Adelaide – and having the procedure streamed around the world on the internet.

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Do men with smaller 'nads make better dads?

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Luke Malone A study has found a connection between testicle size and parenting ability. Yes, really.

Michael Bublé: 'I didn't have that feeling of love for my son'

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Staff writers New dad Michael Bublé has spoken about meeting his son Noah for the first time – and has admitted that he didn’t fall in love with his baby immediately.

When a new life and your life's dream go head-to-head

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Darren Jolly Darren Jolly, who now plays for Collingwood, describes his experiences of a life-changing weekend in 2006, when his daughter was born the day before he played in the AFL grand final.

DIY Father's Day projects

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Babyology Kids love to spoil Dad with their handcrafted gifts! Click through to find a few activity and gift ideas you and the kids can do from home.

Help for fathers struggling with PND

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COSIMA MARRINER One in 20 fathers will suffer from postnatal depression. A new program targets men to help them recognise the symptoms in themselves.

Father's Day 2013 gift guide

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SITE: BABYOLOGY Look beyond the usual gifts for the man in your life this Father's Day - from photography fans to gadget lovers, chefs to fans of the outdoors, we've got them covered.

Video: Protect yourself

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Staff writers Life with kids can be messy, chaotic, loud … and, at times, especially painful for men, as one ad shows.

The app that makes husbands legendary

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Merryn Porter A dad has come up with an app to help make the lives of husbands - and their wives - happier and easier.

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Men and nappy changing

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MATT CALMAN French opposition MP Valerie Pecresse thinks men shouldn't have to partake in such "menial" tasks as changing nappies.

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What if men can breastfeed?

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Lauren Smelcher Sams There have been numerous documented cases of male lactation. So why is the concept so strange?

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New dads are sexy and they know it

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MELANIE MAHONEY While most women wouldn’t associate being a new parent with feeling more attractive, it seems men see it differently: they think they’re better looking than before they were dads.

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Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

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Ten things I've learned about motherhood

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Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

21 things I love about newborns

There’s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can’t be fun?

I’ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children – you name it, they’ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what’s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can’t help feeling I’ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I’ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

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Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

What they don't tell dads about breastfeeding

Richie Young If The Nightly Adventures of Poo, Wee and Tears hasn’t already tipped us over the edge into the realisation that life as we knew it has disappeared forever, the breastfeeding most surely will.

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The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

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