Paternity leave is not a holiday

My leave was no vacation. Vacations are a time where you can relax and unwind from the stresses of everyday life.

Dave Dash My manager didn't realise "How was your holiday" was the worst thing to ask me after I came back from paternity leave.

It's not easy being a dad in a mum's world

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Nevin Martell I don't want to be the one who doesn't belong or is seen as a trespasser on the sacred grounds of motherhood. I simply want to be regarded as a parent.

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In defense of the dads who do so much

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DONNA WEBECK It's time to shift the focus off what dads aren’t doing and shine it on what they are.

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5 characteristics of great dads

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JODIE BENVENISTE It’s great to see a generation of dads who are more actively involved with caring, nurturing and loving their kids.

The place just for dads of multiples

The arrival of Neil Ward's twin sons were the catalyst for the creation of The Multiples Dad Sanctuary.

Gabe McGrath When a couple discovers they're expecting multiples, the dad can sometimes be almost forgotten in all the excitement and preparation. But one group offers a space just for dads of twins and higher-order multiples.

Dads-to-be celebrating with 'dadchelor' parties

Party games and snacks often revolve around the theme of fertilisation.

Nara Schoenberg Long the domain of women, the single-sex baby shower is increasingly being embraced by men.

One in 10 dads suffer from postnatal depression

Report: There is a growing realisation that post-natal depression is an issue for men, too.

MIKI PERKINS One in 10 new fathers suffers from postnatal depression, new research shows.

Is there sex after baby-making sex?

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Armin Brott I'm an expectant father, and my sex life has completely disappeared. Are we EVER going to have sex again?

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16 times 'dad reflexes' saved the day

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Melanie Mahoney Of course, in some cases they may be the ones who actually got their child into a precarious position in the first place, but we'll ignore that for now.

Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes, too

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Shereen Lehman Dads-to-be experience hormonal changes in line with their pregnant partners, a new study shows.

Why I'm a role model my generation didn't have

I've never had a toddler question whether I was qualified to interact with them.

Bob Wright I've never had a toddler question whether I was qualified to interact with them. They accept me for who I am: a parent who cares about his son and the kids he interacts with.

Video: Baby sniffs beardless dad to make sure it's him

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LETITIA ROWLANDS She looks him up and down and then touches his chin, but baby Lindsey still isn't sure this clean-shaven man is her dad.

This is Australia's Mr Average

Image of man: How does Mr Average Australia compare to other countries?

SARAH BERRY Think of a quintessential Aussie bloke and Hugh Jackman or Russell Crowe might come to mind. But they are not your average Aussie men.

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Community mourns inspiring young dad

Jared Noel and his daughter Elise.

A young dad who fought a five-year battle with cancer has been remembered for his inspiring legacy at a funeral service attended by hundreds of family and friends this week.

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That's my boy: a dad's diary from 5 to 8 months

Bruce Williams This diary is dedicated to my wife (my boy gets quite enough already).

That's my boy: a dad's diary of the first 4 months

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Bruce Williams Unbearable anxiety, unspeakable joy, constant exhaustion and bouts of frustration ... The many shocks of first-time fatherhood resound in a dad's diary of his son's early months.

Man who created ice bucket challenge a new dad

Kari Paul The 29-year-old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood.

Father's Day gift ideas 2014

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Babyology have some great gift ideas for Father's Day - there are also some creative DIY presents the kids can make. Source: babyology.com.au.

Dad-to-be poses for pregnancy photo shoot

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"My wife didn't want to take maternity pictures, so I hired a photographer and took her place," Redditor DruishPrincess69 wrote when he shared these photos online. The 'manternity' shoot has since gone viral, and has been shared thousands of times all over the world.

Dad-to-be Ryan Gosling memes

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With a baby on the way for Ryan Gosling and his wife Eva Mendes, we thought it was only necessary to see just how good of a dad Ryan could be - juggling his wife and baby.

What they don't tell dads-to-be about the big day

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Neil Lyndon Only one in 20 fathers now avoid being in the delivery room when their baby is being born. The rest, I guarantee, are desperately telling themselves to be brave and wondering where to look.

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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.

The sweet antidote to the 'bumbling dad' ad stereotype

Ashleigh Gleeson Sick of seeing dads portrayed as bumbling, clueless fools on TV? So were the creators of this ad campaign, which aims to acknowledge the caring moments of fatherhood that often go overlooked.

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.

From penis amputation to fatherhood

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Vivian Ho After a botched circumcision as a child, Mike Moore was left without a penis. Years later, and after meeting the right surgeon, he was able to become a dad - naturally.

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.

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What you need to know about pregnancy and health insurance

It's not just waiting periods that couples need to consider - there are other factors to consider when thinking about health insurance.

Yummy mummy

Nicole Trunfio breastfeeds baby on Elle magazine cover

Australian model Nicole Trunfio has taken the concept of multitasking to a fashionable new level for Elle Australia.

Warnings after baby girl died while sleeping in bouncer

Parents have been warned about the dangers of letting babies sleep in bouncers and swings following the death of a three-month-old girl.

Coping with fatigue as a parent

Sleep deprivation is a real hazard of caring for a baby. But there are ways to manage the challenges of fatigue better.

A very 21st century issue: parents, parks and smart phones

It's not all the parents, and it's not all the time, but there is often at least one doing it. And sometimes, that 'one' is me.

Appliances

Faulty washing machines linked to house fires

More than 80,000 faulty Samsung washing machines pose a fire threat in homes throughout Australia despite a nationwide recall of the machines.

'I had a lotus birth and I loved it'

Lotus birthing is not all that common, but for a number of women it feels like the most natural thing to do.

7 things you might not know about postnatal depression

Despite its widespread nature, there is still a great amount of mystery surrounding PND - and it's important to try unravelling as much of that as we can.

Is your family's car part of the world's biggest safety recall?

More than 50 million vehicles recalled for potentially lethal airbag fault - is your car affected?

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

Mother-in-law faceplants during proposal

He had it all planned: a romantic proposal on a windswept beach. The whole family would be there so they'd all be able to celebrate the joyous moment together.

A preschooler suddenly goes mute - and it's not just shyness

When our son stopped talking, our sense of loss was painful and acute.

The mums who ask for a 'wife bonus'

They run their homes like domestic CEOs and work tirelessly to improve their family's social standing. And now, according to a new book, they want an annual perk from their husbands.

Woman shares photo of dimple on breast to warn others of cancer risk

A widely-shared Facebook photograph of a British woman's breast has raised awareness of a more subtle breast cancer symptom.

Starting a family despite a low sperm count

"I'd never really failed a test - how could I fail this particularly manly test?"

It's official: we must better protect our kids from toxic lead exposure

New guidelines have been released, aimed at reducing children's harmful exposure to lead. But they still don't go far enough.

Trouble-shooting toddler social skills

Chances are your toddler's behaviour is all completely normal - but here's how to tackle some common social problems.

Helping your first-born welcome a sibling

We did sigh with joy at the arrival of a royal princess - but, mostly, we sighed with pity at the sight of Prince George being taken to meet her.

Farewell, daytime nap

I've been in denial and I'm not too proud to beg, but it appears I must accept the fact that you have gone. I need to let you go.

The identical triplets who are one in 50 million

The father of identical triplets born in a Texas hospital says his three daughters, including conjoined twins, are "a miracle" sent by God.

Seven questions you should be asking about your health cover

If the last time you assessed your health cover was five years ago, there’s a chance it may no longer suit your needs. To ensure it’s still right for your family, click here for seven questions to ask.

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